5 Nov 2008

People without voter IDs in American Samoa allowed to use passports

4:57 pm on 5 November 2008

The Election Office in American Samoa is allowing voters who have been turned away at the polling booths because they do not have voter ID cards on them, to cast ballots using their passports.

A supervisor at a Bay Area polling booth told KHJ News that they were instructed during training that all voters must have valid voter ID cards, issued by the Election Office, in order to vote.

But a few hours after polling places opened this morning, many voters were being sent by poll watchers to the Election Office for a decision on their eligibility to vote.

However KHJ News says it has since learned that passports will be accepted as ID.