End voter fraud with IDs

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - JAMES W. AN­DER­SON Tal­ladega, Alabama

De­bate con­tin­ues on whether we should re­quire photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for all vot­ers. One must con­sider why it is ap­pro­pri­ate to re­quire an ID for the writ­ing a check or the pay­ing of a bill (and taxes), but it is ‘un­rea­son­able’ to re­quire a voter to iden­tify him­self when it comes to choos­ing our lead­ers.

A trou­bling and eye-open­ing re­port was pub­lished last week, on Aug. 30, in sev­eral area news­pa­pers, based on find­ings of the Public In­ter­est Le­gal Foun­da­tion, a non­profit law firm spe­cial­iz­ing in vot­ing is­sues. It re­vealed that 10 Alabama coun­ties have more vot­ers on their rolls than they have el­i­gi­ble-age vot­ers re­sid­ing there. Those coun­ties are Choctaw, Conecuh, Greene, Hale, Lown­des, Ma­con, Marengo, Perry and Washington.

The foun­da­tion that con­ducted the study also re­ports that these coun­ties are among the 141 coun­ties na­tion­wide in which this is­sue ex­ists — yet, only four other states — Michigan, Ken­tucky, Illi­nois and In­di­ana — had more coun­ties where reg­is­tered vot­ers on file ex­ceeded ac­tual pop­u­la­tion. The most trou­bling as­pect of this sit­u­a­tion is that this con­di­tion has per­sisted for decades.

The Public In­ter­est Le­gal Foun­da­tion has sent letters to each county and to the sec­re­taries of state ad­vis­ing them of the find­ings. Alabama Sec­re­tary of State John Mer­rill has ac­knowl­edged that the foun­da­tion’s data is cor­rect and that he in­her­ited the is­sue when he took of­fice. Yet there is no record of any of his pre­de­ces­sors hav­ing acted to cor­rect the mat­ter.

One has to ques­tion how the groups and po­lit­i­cal party fight­ing the voter-ID re­quire­ment can ra­tio­nal­ize their ar­gu­ments given this in­for­ma­tion. We must at least try to emerge from the dark days of voter fraud and join the 21st cen­tury.

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