Voter ID Solutions
I like reading articles by Florence Gilkeson. A local writer of many years, she brings insight from a lifetime of experience in the South. But I am disappointed in her approach and handling of the voter photo ID issue.
She jumps to the answer that requiring voter photo ID is tied to an attempt by whites to disenfranchise blacks. Why would she use the race card to support her opinion? Why not leave race out and list the reasons it is a bad idea and let us readers decide?
To support her position, she reviews the history of the South’s methods to keep certain people from voting. Those methods are long gone. It is racist and demeaning to suggest that older blacks can be manipulated in 2011.
The opportunity for voter fraud is enhanced when you don’t have to show any form of ID. A registered voter is issued a voter registration ID card to prove it. A voter should be required to present that card when voting.
No one is disenfranchised these days. A voter is provided a provisional ballot if there are legitimacy questions. Hours are spent reviewing the provisional ballots. Showing a voter registration card, with or without photo, would go a long way to reduce this waste in the vote-counting process.
A simple solution starts by issuing photo voter ID cards to all new registrants and those needing new cards because of address or name change. A concurrent approach entails having photo ID capability at the early voting precincts. At check-in, you surrender your old voter registration card for a new photo ID. The early voting precincts currently have banks of check-in computers in use. How difficult would it be to add photo capabilities?
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