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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Need for voter-ID laws obvious
Question of the Day
Most states now have some form of voter-ID laws — and many have come under attack from both the Department of Justice and various civil rights groups challenging the constitutionality of the laws that they claim disenfranchise people. Some high-profile political figures, including former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, have even mildly attacked the Supreme Court for recently striking down one provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
But if we have to present state-issued IDs or other official forms of ID, such as passports, for routine activities, then why should we not be required to present ID for the most important responsibility we have as citizens? If individuals can make it to the polling place, then they can make it to the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a low-cost government ID.
Second (and an issue never mentioned), oftentimes there are felons who have either the same or similar names to those of nonfelons, and there have been cases of mistaken identity at polling places. Presenting official IDs would most likely avert this.
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