Woman Weeps on Stand at Start of Virginia Voter Identification Law Trial

by NBC  |  published on February 23, 2016

A 69-year-old black woman who grew up in a small, segregated city wept on the witness stand Monday as she testified about the trouble she had voting in 2014 because she could not comply with Virginia’s voter identification law.

Josephine Okiakpe said she plucked several forms of ID from her purse — birth certificate, Social Security card, voter registration card, even a bank statement — and handed them over to workers at her Woodbridge polling place. The only things she had with her picture on them were her North Carolina driver’s license and an expired Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles ID card.

“They wouldn’t take any of that,” said Okiakpe, who earlier had described attending an all-black public school in Clinton, North Carolina, that got hand-me-down books when the white schools got new ones.

As she haggled with the poll workers, she said some other voters looked at her and snickered.

“I felt very frustrated, very upset,” she said, trying to fight back tears.

  • She well knows that an ID has to be current and up-to-date. An undercover team went over to a Sanders voting poll, and the voter aides were kind enough, when the “team” told them they were “only passing through and did not have that state’s Driver’s license,” one aide was extremely helpful, even saying he would be willing to let them use HIS address, so they could claim they were living there! THIS is the reason that RON PAUL the real winner of the 2012 election, i.e. NumbersUSA found that in 2012, neither Obama nor Romney won, it was “other”.: So we set out to see who “other” was. After two years of sending out surveys and polls on the Internet, we found Paul WAS the winner. YOU SEE: they ignored his huge and often very young supporters, they said a vote for him would be a vote against the two front runners….Uh, that is what that vote IS SUPPOSED TO BE A VOTE AGAINST THE TWO FRONT RUNNERS. Besides that, the media portrayed him as a “cracked pot” and not a serious candidate. Had Paul won, our nation would not be in the turmoil it is today, for when I met him, a songwriter for Ron’ s campaign sings, “I met an old man with a face like a mirror, he showed me his sadness so I could see clearer.” So, because the media is now picking and choosing our winners, when they ignore one candidate, like Kasich or Carson (whom I support for Surgeon General, but not for a President) and Kasich, which I agree he has budgeted his state, but is a RINO. I support Ted Cruz because after Rubio’s infamous involvement with the Gang of Eight, w/ RINO in Chief on the Rep side, Lindsey Graham, and Communist-in Chief who would tell you how much soda you can drink, immigration would have gone up even higher, and they have been “handling” and “managing” and “grooming” him ever since and boy is he a good student. The RINOS are coming out of the woodwork to support him, and Bush is the reason he got into the Senate and because of Jeb Bush, who supports him now, he is hoping, and has probably been promised a place on his cabinet.So, with what we call in my company’s book, “Our Young Guns.” Rubio’s name is the only one who has been taken out of it! A vote for Rubio is a vote for the rest of the RINOS and the status quo. A vote for Ted Cruz, who they BLAMED FOR SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVT, shined a beam of light to the nation on the lies, the deceptions and the greediness of Obama and that it was a tax on the healthy to pay for the sick. And after that, Jonathan Gruber went to all of the talk shows and bragged that he told Obama that if they told the American people what it really was, they would never have gone for it had he not said all of the lies and promised he made. And Ted Cruz saw through the commie’s plan. And while Obama read that book by Marx and was out playing Golf, when ISIS was starting, and was atop a mountain with their training camp with only five roads leading up to it, bringing in fresh recruits, weapons, supplies and sex slaves, Ted Cruz called for the bombing of those five roads which would basically leave them atop that mountain with nothing left and with little of no civilian casualties. The RINOS said that was an embarrassing proposition? Really? I betcha my boots they wish they would have done it. Also,no other candidate have been so consistent about his saying that on the very first day, I will tear up that disastrous Iran deal, I will overturn Obamacare(kinda like what McConnell said to get reelected–“I will rip out Obamacare by root and by branch, seems he has forgotten that but the voter will never forget that one) He will finally bring back the capitol of Jerusalem back to its original site, the capitol of Israel instead of Tel Aviv. He also, on the first day will tear to shreds every illegal and unconstitutional and destructive presidential overreach Obama has ever done. WOW, I can hardly wait for the second day! And he is hated by every Senator for a very good reason. NO other Senator has ever written a book, “A Time for Truth,” naming names of the dirty backroom deals with the lobbyists all the while saying they have your interests in mind while taking money from these lobbyists to buy off votes. Ted Cruz is nothing if consistent. Trump says the companies that are out of the country that he will bring back? By taxing all of the products that they send to the US, which will translate, at least in my example of Nabisco, to instead of a $3.50 box of crackers, to a $5.00 box of crackers. And, it seems Trump has forgotten…Congress. Will he also bring back his own companies that are everywhere, in China, in South Korea and yes, even in India. His ties, his watches, his building supplies, all made in those countries I just mentioned. He is a Liberal parading as a Republican. Lastly, and thanks for reading this post, 2:Timothy: Paul was extorting Timothy, saying to him,”Do not elect an overseer of the church, a Bishop or a ruler, for these newcomers must be tested, not a novice, lest he be puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the Devil. Moreover, he must be and have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devils. Let them serve as Deacons first, being found blameless.” So, from this Paul is saying do not let someone be an overseer of the Church who has just come into the church. Let him be seen as blameless first. This is Donald Trump in a nutshell. He has no experience and has said he has converted, as he has been different things at different times and this is in contrast with Ted Cruz, who well knows his Bible, and has long been consistent for his duration and from the beginning of his Solicitor General in The Republic of Texas and into the Senate where he railed against all things that were unconstitutional and illegal. Where O Where was Rubio? Where O where was anyone on that stage who were extorting the Congress that defunding PPH should be a 100-0 vote! It is the lobbyist’s and the RINO’S greed for their money that they will continue paying PPH, as will Donald Trump. P. Kathy Kleiman

  • delbert chaudoin

    Oh boo hoo hoo. The poor little darkie. She should have told them she was a Democrat. Then she could have voted eight or ten times; no sweat. You vote in a State, you get an I. D. issued by that State. Unless you are a whiny, snot nose minority wannabe

  • mr2bears@hotmail.com

    I hear you, what I don’t understand about them is they’ve left most of the hatefulness and frustration behind them but yet they still have the attitude I don’t know maybe it takes time a lot of time to adjust to normalcy.

    • Nina

      From your lips to Gods ears. These ppl don’t change they’re like Muslims they expect the world around them to assimilate to them!! So so so sad!! I just stay away! I have friends that have lived in the area that have moved away bc of them. Closer to the country area where I live. I know that those ppl could never live out in the country!! That’s a good thing! They are the idiots who voted for Obama! Probably will vote for Killery in jail and they won’t even know she’s in there!! Lol!!

      • mr2bears@hotmail.com

        Lol

  • B-bhing Solis

    Now you have plenty time to renew it before election don’t wait for a last minute …or else you lost it again and don’t complain or whine …

  • Ukulelemike

    If she had an expired VA I.D.m why could she not, as an adult, presumably responsible adult, get that ID renewed? If someone can’t figure that out, they probably shouldn’t be voting in the first place.

  • elda

    Why did she not get all the problems taken care of months before the election? Ignorance is no excuse. It does not matter how old text books are, by the time you are nearly 70 you should have a very good idea of how to register to vote in your own state.

  • mr2bears@hotmail.com

    Nice try , throw her ass in jail for voter fraud !

  • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

    “A 69-year-old black woman who grew up in a small, segregated city wept on the witness stand Monday as she testified about the trouble she had voting in 2014 because she could not comply with Virginia’s voter identification law.”

    CORRECTION!

    This should read “because she DID NOT comply with Virginia’s voter identification law” (see below for evidence of that).

  • ohmama

    I think she lies.

    • reggie

      Wonder how much they paid her. Sob, sob.

      • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

        How can you have sympathy for someone who fails to comply with the law?

        Renewing Your (Virginia) Identification Card

        DMV will mail you a renewal application prior to the expiration date of your ID card. To receive your renewal application on time, be sure to update your address with DMV. You may renew your ID card as early as six months prior to the expiration date on your current ID.

        Your renewed Virginia ID card will expire at the end of the month in which you were born. It normally will be valid for five years and will expire when you reach an age divisible by five; e.g. 20, 25, 30, etc.

        The cost to renew your identification card is $10.00.

        https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#id/renewing_id.asp

        Change of Address or Name
        Address Change

        Within 30 days of changing your address, you must notify DMV and provide the street address of your principal Virginia residence. A post office box or business address is not acceptable and your principal address must be in Virginia. However, if you do not want your residence address to appear on your driver’s license or photo ID card, you may provide DMV with an alternate address in addition to your residence address. This alternate address must also be in Virginia.

        You may purchase a new driver’s license or photo ID card showing the address change or a free change of address card will be mailed to you. You may also obtain a revised vehicle registration card.

        https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/general/#records/update_add.html

        • reggie

          So sorry, I was being sarcastic, and wondering how much the “powers that be” paid her to be on the stand,close to tears (sob,sob). I have no sympathy what so ever. Thank you for the info. Every state is a bit different.

          • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

            No problemo, Reggie. 🙂

            I simply chose your post as a point to interject the applicable VA laws into the discussion.

          • reggie

            Glad you did.

  • Luke

    She has a NC DL, an expired Virginia ID and she wants to vote in Virginia, LOL, her age and whining is not a factor, she must have been voting in both states..

    • I Seigel

      She had a bank statement, presumably with her Virginia address on it. So she could establish her residency in VA. And she had a government-issued photo ID.

      • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

        However, the “government-issued photo ID” was expired, and if VA’s laws are like those in Texas, expired government-issued IDs of any type not acceptable forms of identification (see below as to the Renewal procedures in VA).

        More importantly, her having a valid NC Driver License is prima facie evidence of her ineligibility to vote legally in VA.

        Moral of this story? If you want to vote in VA, comply with VA laws!

      • Luke

        IOW’s she was trying to be a voter in two states..Typical I guess since that’s how liberals seem to vote..
        When you see more votes in a district than people registered I guess this is how it happens.
        I’ve always believed liberals lie, cheat and steal and nothing I see has changed my mind..

    • Nina

      Typical democrap bullcrap!!! Wrong license wrong state!!! Quit your complaining lady! Stupidly is not good enough for vote fraud!! Nice try though!! Kudos to Virginia!! Btw being a proud citizen of N. C. You won’t get away with that crap here either!!

    • RuFus92

      Probably was as that is an Obama strategy to keep Dems in power

  • Devasahayam

    Why she simply didn’t get a VA DL before voting? I doubt she had moved to Woodbridge less than 30 days prior to going to polling.

    • Marci Gold

      I’m so glad I live in New York. Millions of people with no voting card needed. Our signatures ID us from the previous year. 15 minutes on line, signatures check out? We vote and go home. Outrageous nonsense…make it easy to vote not hard. By the way, I’m an election poll inspector so I know what goes on behind the scenes.

      • Luke

        Voter ID is the only way to insure legal and proper voting..
        Here, in MS, we have a few poll workers facing jail time for illegal activities at the polls…

        • Devasahayam

          Crore-percent agreed. The US is alone among democracies in not requiring ID to vote — and as far as I can see has no excuse (in numbers and illiteracy-percentage — two obvious “blocking factors” — India exceeds US grotesquely, but still requires ID to vote).

      • reggie

        So, once an illegal votes, it’s a free ride from then on?

      • Sickofit

        They should have some valid ID! There is too much voter fraud going on. Especially need ID in New York where there are millions of democrats voting multiple times!!

        • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

          Democrat Party mantra:

          “Vote early … and often.”

        • Luke

          You have to have ID to do most everything, I guess fraud is not an option in those things like it is in voting..
          Having voter ID is looking out for the people, can’t understand why liberals are against that since it is all the hildabeast has been saying lately, can anyone

      • Nina

        Yeah and we all know how upstanding a state NY is!! They’re working on passing a law now so that ILLEGALS CAN VOTE!!!! In nyc elections for mayor, comptroller and other elections!! Real nice place to live!! Hell hole is more like it!!

        • mr2bears@hotmail.com

          The “city” is a shit hole run by a POS socialist who should be drug out and publicly hanged ! my2cents

          • Nina

            I don’t know if you live there or not but as a person that does not, NY has a very bad rep to the rest of the country, as being totally immoral and very much off the wall!! Want to use other words but I won’t!

          • mr2bears@hotmail.com

            No way would I ever live in that S*ithole. I drove truck in all 5 boros and they all suck in my opinion. When Rudy was mayor it was tolerable other than driving in there and the people with their attitudes . This new mayor if that’s what you want to call him that they have now is nothing but a socialist idiot

          • Nina

            The thing about those people is they think that their sh@t don’t stink!! I live in the south and sometimes I’ll have to be on a phone call with someone from there and you know right away you’re talking to a New Yorker bc of their nasty attitude!! What’s up with that?!?! I guess if I lived in the hell hole I’d be pissed too!!

          • mr2bears@hotmail.com

            They’ve always been like that, northern NJ is the same way ! Glad I quit running freight into there 15 yrs. ago.

      • mr2bears@hotmail.com

        Right and your illustrious mayor in the city is trying to get clearance for the illegals to vote !

    • I Seigel

      Maybe a 69-year-old doesn’t need a driver’s license or couldn’t pass the test. Getting a DL isn’t “simply” a matter to a lot of people. If you doubt it, just look at all the people on the roads that SHOULDN’T be driving!

      • Devasahayam

        Read article — she had a a DL from NC which she showed!

        • I Seigel

          I misread article – it was an expired license from VA, not NC

      • Sickofit

        I’m sure there are other forms of legal ID you can get beside a drivers license!

      • mr2bears@hotmail.com

        However it’s no problem getting a State I D you know like for your welfare cards or snap cards or whatever they call them there

    • mr2bears@hotmail.com

      Come-on man it’s plain to see she was trying to vote in both states

      • Devasahayam

        Which should be more than enough to BIN her lawsuit entirely (but dollars-to-dog-biscuits it won’t be binned)!

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