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VOTER ID: What’s really behind the push?

Letter by Roman Gutierrez, Tacoma on July 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm | 71 Comments »
July 12, 2012 1:19 pm

Re: “It’s easy to avoid problems” (letter, 7-10).

First off, voters presenting ID is not in the Constitution. What bothers me most about these “voter ID” efforts (more than the voter-suppression idea) is that they are being attempted right before a presidential election.

Shouldn’t this major change to the way Americans have voted for at least the five decades I’ve been alive come in a well-thought-out, comprehensive plan? Also, shouldn’t this effort be started at the voter registration level? Shouldn’t some kind of a study be done to prove that this is totally necessary?

I find it very odd that those who raged for President Obama’s birth certificate long after it was provided oddly don’t have the same fervor for Mitt Romney’s tax returns. The same party that wants everyone to “show your papers” when you want to vote doesn’t want to know how your nominee earned all his money?

Since only 13 cases of voter fraud were detected from 2000 to 2010, I’d err on the side of common sense and say that it’s not a real problem, but voter ID efforts are a great way to reduce the vote of the poor and the elderly.

If you’re going to ask for identification, let’s identify where all Romney’s money came from first, because those realities could be an even bigger issue if he did become president.

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