The Washington Times - October 25, 2012, 05:49PM

President Obama, who has criticized Republicans for passing laws requiring voters to show ID, presented his driver’s license at a polling place in Chicago Thursday to vote early.

A pool reporter traveling with the president said the president voted on a touch-screen machine after “signing forms and showing his driver’s license” as required by Illinois state law for early voting.


“Now ignore the fact that there’s no gray hair on that picture,” Mr. Obama told the elections official. “I’m just glad I renewed my driver’s license.”

The previous night, appearing on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, the president criticized so-called “voter ID” laws approved by Republicans.

“We should be thinking about ways to make it easier for folks to vote, not to make it harder for folks to vote,” he told Mr. Leno. “That’s why this early voting is really terrific.”

The president, whose campaign is emphasizing early voting, told reporters after voting that the process is “really convenient.”

“All across the country we’re seeing a lot of early voting,” he said. “It means you don’t have to figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast a ballot. If something happens on Election Day you will have already taken care of it. If it’s bad weather you won’t get wet.”

The president wouldn’t say who he voted for.

“But I very much appreciate everybody here. It’s good to be home back in the neighborhood,” he said.

The president also signed a form canceling his absentee ballot, which he had submitted earlier, to make sure his vote isn’t counted twice.