LETTER: ID requirement protects voters

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Recently I heard a comment on the radio regarding the current hot topic of photo ID. Like all issues we humans think about, our opinion depends on our experiences and analytical prowess — same facts, two people, two different outcomes.

The comment that set me to thinking was, since when do I need a photo ID to exercise my fundamental right to vote?

This comment begins with a false premise. It leads you to think that the ID is a requirement to vote. In fact. it is not. The photo is required to prove that you are the person you say you are. Think about this in this manner. There is a ballot with your name on it at the voting booth. A person stands before the clerk and announces, “My name is John Smith and I live at 123 Main St.” The clerk then sees that indeed there is a ballot there with that name and address on it and proceeds to give it to John.

Let me ask you — how does the clerk know that this person is, in fact, John? Producing a utility bill sent to John at that address only means the utility company thinks a John lives there. It does not prove that the human standing in front of the clerk is John.

So I suggest that requiring a photo ID does not disenfranchise a person’s right to vote in any way. In fact, if protects the voter from someone else casting a vote in their name. How would John feel if the clerk said, “I’m sorry John, someone else was here early this morning and said they were you, so I gave your ballot to them”

So there you have another opinion on the requirement of a photo ID. It serves to protect me as a citizen that only I can cast my vote, not some other person.

I find it is ironic that with so much current concern about identity theft in today’s culture, there seems to be little concern about people stealing your ballot.

Walt Doelp

Lee County