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A license to vote

Published on -8/6/2014, 10:03 AM

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A license to vote

During the past several years, numerous states, including Kansas, have passed legislation requiring photo identification for an individual to vote. In fact, 34 of our 50 (not 57) states have passed this requirement.

Many of our political leaders, fronted by our Department of Justice, have flooded our court system alleging this requirement is an attempt to disenfranchise the elderly, the poor and our minorities. Nothing could be further from actuality.

A review of election results in numerous precincts during the 2012 election cycle details accounts of multiple individual votes and precincts with greater than 100 percent of votes cast by registered voters.

In addition to the claims of the intent to disenfranchise voters, they claim many of these individuals could not afford the cost of a photo identification card. In fact, many states have made free identification available to all eligible voters.

When this requirement is implemented to ensure the eligibility of those individuals participating in one of our more precious rights, voting, their claims fail to ring true in comparison to the requirements for photo identification in the day-to-day activities of the majority of the American Public. These requirements include, but certainly are not all inclusive. Photo identification is required to:

* Board an airplane.

* Rent a car.

* Rent a hotel/motel room using a credit card.

* Open a bank account.

* Complete SAT Examinations for college entrance.

* Ensure medical care at a VA facility.

* Enter the United States for citizens and legal immigrants.

* Obtain a tourist boarding pass to visit Alcatraz.

When these generally less than critical requirements are compared to the requirement to ensure the validity of votes cast, the arguments of the liberals are demonstrability less convincing and become more so when considered with our current and increasing population of illegal immigrants.

It also should be noted in many instances of federal intervention and challenge to those state laws requiring photo identification, the Department of Justice has chosen to challenge the validity of these requirements in those states with the largest number of electoral votes.

J.T. Plummer,

Logan

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