Is the Voter ID Law necessary?

Published 8:06 am Wednesday, September 7, 2011

To the Editor:

I read Neb Conner’s letter to the editor today regarding the voter ID law and was befuddled.  He argues that we don’t need a voter ID law because there were only 487 people suspected of voter fraud in 2008 and 2010 in North Carolina, a small percentage of total voters. What kind of logic is that?

That same logic would say that we shouldn’t have to show a picture ID to get on an airplane in North Carolina because no one has boarded a plane in North Carolina with terrorist intentions. Or, we shouldn’t have to show a photo ID to cash a check because fraudulent checks are a small percentage of the total checks cashed.

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Come to think of it, why do we need our pictures on our driver’s licenses? After all, only a small percentage of drivers on the road are driving illegally. Maybe the reason the number is so low is because we do require a photo ID. Hmmm?

Voting is a cornerstone of the American democracy and a privilege bestowed on all citizens. Its importance should be treated in high regard. If you are not a citizen, you don’t get to vote.

Why shouldn’t you be required to prove your citizenship in order to vote? Why would any citizen be opposed to that, unless they are trying to defraud the process?

– Don Hofmann