Letter to the editor: Glenn Bakken | SkyHiNews.com

Letter to the editor: Glenn Bakken

Glenn Bakken
Granby, CO Colorado

To the Editor:

When Edward and Mary Weidenbener went to vote in Indiana’s primary in May, they didn’t know state law required them to bring a government photo ID. The husband and wife, both approaching 90 years old, had to use a temporary ballot that would be verified later.

Unaware that Indiana law obligated them to follow up with the county election board, the Weidenbeners had their votes rejected. Edward, a World War II veteran, said he was surprised by the rules and consequences. “A lot of people don’t have a photo ID,” he said. “They’ll be automatically disenfranchised.”

During sparsely attended primaries this year in Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee, the states implementing the toughest laws, hundreds of ballots were blocked. The numbers suggest that the legitimate votes rejected by the laws are far more numerous than are the cases of fraud the Republican advocates of the rules say they are trying to prevent.

Republican leaders in more than two dozen states have shamefully passed photo ID laws in order to suppress the votes of the young, the elderly, minorities and the poor. The former chairman of the Florida Republicans admitted that the laws are designed to block minority voters. A GOP leader in Pennsylvania claimed the photo ID law would guarantee that the state would go to Romney in November.

This is evidence of the law’s discriminatory intent. Not one case of voter fraud has been prosecuted in Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. If you think we should make it easier for registered voters to vote and not harder, vote Democratic in November.

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