Sometime between 2010 and 2011, voting, as we knew it, changed. Prior to that, for most Americans, voting consisted of a few basic steps: register to vote, show up at an assigned polling place on Election Day, state your name, and cast your vote. With a few nuanced differences, such as casting an absentee ballot or participating in early voting, this was the standard voting protocol for the average American. Before 2010, Americans were not, as a rule, required to show any form of identification prior to casting a ballot. However, between 2010 and 2011, that all began to change.
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