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Voter identification required
In reference to the letter about “voter suppression” in the March 15 edition of The News-Enterprise, I think the writer has a distorted view.
How many photo identification cards do you have in your wallet? I have my driver’s license, retired military ID and my Veterans Administration treatment ID. On a lanyard, I have my employer’s ID. I’m pretty certain any of those would be adequate proof to get a ballot on Election Day.
Permit me to look at this more realistically. In the 1970s, our government passed the Bank Secrecy Act. After Sept. 11, it passed the USA Patriot Act. Between these two government edicts, all financial institutions must establish proof-positive who you are before you can open an account. That means to receive any government payment (active employee, retired employee, Social Security, pension, VA disability, unemployment, etc.), or direct deposit of your paycheck, you provided or will have to provide an official photo ID to open an account.
Remember that to fly on a commercial airline, passengers must provide a photo ID to get through security. All U.S. government checks will be electronically deposited after March 2013 so you will need to have an account at a bank or credit union to get your money after that date, which will require a photo ID. Kentucky will issue a photo ID through the Drivers License office for a nominal fee, after presentation of appropriate documents to verify identity.
What does this all mean? The rare examples the author cited in the letter are just that — rare examples. The preponderance of voters already possess photo IDs that likely would be adequate for voting purposes. If voter identification does become law, I’m sure there will be adequate time for all voters to get an ID card that would satisfy the requirement to get a ballot.
Voter identification is the only way to eliminate voter fraud; we need to implement it now.