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VOTER ID: Most things today require an ID

Letter by Marjorie A. Reynolds, Graham on July 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm | 65 Comments »
July 19, 2012 10:10 am

Re: “It’s time for us to get serious about voter suppression” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 7-18).

Pitts feels for all the people who couldn’t vote if they had to show ID.

Who are all these people? They must be really saintly because they don’t smoke or drink or see R-rated movies. They also must have some source of independent income as they can’t work; you have to have a picture ID when you fill out your I-9 form.

Do they get food stamps or other welfare? I’ve never applied, but do we just give it to anyone who walks in off the street without any ID? If so, maybe I’ll go down and apply (oops, no – that would be fraud).

If they are independently wealthy, do they keep their money in a shoebox under their bed? You need an ID to open a bank account and to cash checks. If getting an ID is such a hassle, maybe the people who see it as a problem should volunteer their time getting these people to wherever they need to go to get an ID.

Since under Obamacare, everyone will have some form of health care, won’t they need ID when they go to the doctor or hospital? Or perhaps they should work to make it easier to get IDs. Maybe post offices could be authorized to issue an ID.

Voting is serious. If you don’t have the energy to get an ID, are you taking the time to study the issues and candidates? Voter ID should be required in every state.

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