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VOTING: Focus on providing valid ID

Letter by Hank Harwell, Tacoma on Jan. 16, 2012 at 11:50 am | 6 Comments »
January 17, 2012 10:36 am

Re: “The big lie about voter fraud” (letter, 1-15).

The writer wants to claim since voter fraud isn’t rampant it’s not a problem voters should concern themselves with.

With elections being decided with razor-thin margins, voter fraud doesn’t have to be rampant to swing elections. One thing is certain, however: Every time an illegitimate vote is cast, a legitimate voter is disenfranchised.

The truth is we don’t really know how much voter fraud goes on since very few seem to be interested in conducting a thorough investigation to find out. Liberal Democrats certainly aren’t interested in finding out.

I’m curious if the writer was equally distraught over the plight of the elderly voters who were intimidated by a couple of Black Panthers at the polls in Pennsylvania as he is with a requirement to show a valid ID to vote.

Obviously our attorney general, Eric Holder, didn’t seem too concerned. If a requirement to show a valid ID to vote is such a major problem for the writer and others of a similar mindset, why don’t they focus their attention in seeing that every legitimate voter has a valid ID rather than take a chance of disenfranchising legitimate voters?

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