Letter to the Editor: Michael Faulkner
To the Editor:
In response to Mr. Bakken’s letter to the editor on Sunday, Aug. 19 :
The 2005 Indiana voter ID law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and was in place for the 2008 elections, declaring that a requirement to produce photo identification is not unconstitutional and that the state has a “valid interest” in improving election procedures as well as deterring fraud.
Mr. Bakken would have you believe that when Edward and Mary Weidenbener went to vote in Indiana’s primary this past May 2012 that they forgot about what they had to do four years earlier in 2008 while voting in Indiana and where ignorant of what has been news in their state since 2005.
States with photo – ID requirements have also made it easier to get a state ID for voting purposes and have been providing them free of charge. Under state laws, driver’s licenses, state issued ID cards, passports, military ID, federal government employee ID and in even college ID all qualify at the voting booth. These states will also provide a free ID cards to anyone who signs an affirmation that he needs it to vote, requiring only a Social Security number and two proofs of residence.
Liberals have spent most of the year trying to convince Americans that voter ID laws are a false front for racist voter suppression. They argue there’s no such thing as voter fraud and that legislation aimed at combating election cheating is merely a Republican plot to steal the election even though we find fraud in government issued Social Security and Medicare / Medicaid benefits daily.
Liberals are taking the position that citizens should never be asked to produce proof of residence in a state, city or district or even that they are actually American citizens. Where else in the country can you show up and state you are a certain person and be trusted at your word? Anyone who has to conduct any sort of transaction with a bank or the government know they are going to be asked to identify themselves with a government issued photo ID.
Almost three quarters – 74 percent of registered American voters- believe voters should be required to show official, government-issued identification when they vote. The notion that something as important as voting should be exempt from such a requirement makes no sense to most Americans.
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