To the Editor,
I have been following with great interest the debate over requiring a valid photo ID in order to vote, and have tried to view all sides of the issue with an open mind. Obviously, partisan politics seem to get in the way of simple logic and this is no exception.
I very strongly believe that every citizen should participate in every election, and should make every effort to know the candidates who are running. (We all know that this is not the case, however). Having stated my personal beliefs, I find it difficult to find a valid argument to support that requiring voter IDs would suppress anyone to vote. In this day and time, when you have to show a valid ID to do almost anything, having to provide an ID to vote should be very simple. Reducing the number of early voting days shouldn’t matter as well. How many decades did our election take place on a single day without any early voting other than absentee ballot? Same day registration and vote? If a person was truly interested in participating in the election process, they would take the initiative to make sure they were properly registered well before the election.
To the groups that make these ridiculous claims that proper ID would suppress the vote, I would offer the following: If you can find the funding to haul individuals to the polls to vote for your candidate, then you should be able to haul them to the DMV to get a proper ID.
To the 6,000 residents of Robeson County who do not have a valid ID, you have two years to acquire your legal photo ID before the 2016 elections. If you do not take time to acquire the proper photo ID in that amount of time, then you have no one to blame but yourselves. The same would apply to making sure you are registered to vote.
And just to clarify my position, I am a registered Democrat, but beyond that I am an American citizen who cares whether or not our elections are fair and honest for all. Any hint of voter fraud of even one voter is too many and if producing ID helps to ensure that our elections are all above board, why would anyone object.