LETTER: Fraud reports prove value of voter ID law

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

If nothing else, Neil Rotter’s letter to the editor of April 2 had impeccable timing. In his letter, Mr. Rotter was very critical of the North Carolina legislature for passing a law requiring that voters have proof of identification before casting a ballot.

Mr. Rotter referred to the legislation as “… voter repression laws which will disenfranchise many legitimate voters.” He claimed that there was no proof of “rampant fraud.”

Well, the day after Mr. Rotter’s letter appeared in The Herald, we learned how wise the Republican-led legislature was in taking steps to prevent rampant voter fraud. On that day, there were national headline news reports that North Carolina elections officials were investigating hundreds of cases of voters who appear to have voted in two states and several dozen who appear to have voted after their deaths. This was discovered because last year, state lawmakers also mandated that the state Board of Elections enter into an “Interstate Crosscheck.” This allowed North Carolina to join 28 states that agreed to check their voter registration records against those of other states.

It was then clear why Mr. Rotter and his Democrat comrades are so upset with legislation that might prevent people from voting multiple times or voting from their grave. After the last presidential election, for example, a Cincinnati woman and poll worker was convicted of voting for Barack Obama six times but only served eight months of a five-year sentence.

As with other letters that he has written against Constitutional rights, including the right to own a firearm, Mr. Rotter separates himself and his political party from a constitutional form of government.

Those that are ready to fire at a target before having the facts are not serving the public interest. Mr. Rotter only needed to wait a day or two.

State residents should be grateful that the Republican legislature, including Rep. Mike Stone and Sen. Ron Rabin, had the foresight and courage to champion legislation that will help preserve our God-given and Constitutional rights to remain a sovereign state and nation.

Pat Cronmiller