- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 26, 2012

All the claims of voter suppression related to requiring appropriate identification in order to vote are bogus. I am a legal citizen, and it is my vote that will most likely be suppressed — offset by illegitimate voters.

We have as many as 20 million people in the United States who are not legal residents. These folks, mostly hard workers who slipped over our borders from outside, were desperate to find paying work and went through hell just to get here, albeit illegally. Why would any rational being not believe that many of these same folks might also attempt to illegally vote for whichever political party offers them amnesty? Each illegal vote offsets a legitimate vote for the political party not involved in this pandering.

The argument that very few illegal voters have been uncovered is ridiculous. There is no official investigative process in place to determine the level of illegal voting. But even with funding we can’t seem to stop, or even identify, millions of warm bodies from crossing our borders and finding work.

It is the responsibility of the state to make it possible and convenient for any legal resident to obtain the identification needed to be eligible to vote. Any person who shows up at a voting station without appropriate identification should be able to speak English, be capable of providing a home address and perhaps other supporting information such as a Social Security card or utility bill showing address. At the same time, they should also be photographed, fingerprinted and permitted to vote, but their vote should be recorded on paper and held separately until their eligibility is validated.

DENIS ABLES

Vienna