I walk into the Methuen police station, enter the area set aside for advance voting, and this guy at the first table says:
“I need to see your driver’s license.”
“No, you do not – and you can’t demand any voter’s ID.”
This is where he points to a paper on the desk that says “ID not required, but it helps to speed things up.” Not an official document, something someone printed up themselves.
I answer the usual questions (name, precinct, address) fill out the envelope, fill out the ballot, and hand it to a lady I know who tosses it into a lidless container on the table behind her.
“There’s no secure ballot box?” says I.
“No, this is what they gave us.” says she.