Letter: Photo IDs required for other things, why not voting?
Before moving to Mt. Juliet, I served as a Judge of Elections in the town and state where I lived. New voters were required to show their driver license the first time they voted. All voters were required to sign a card and I was required to match their signature with the signature on their application to vote. Also, I was required to verify the address, picture, etc. on their driver license or government issued ID. I never encountered a problem. No one complained.
In a recent speech, United States Attorney General Eric Holder spoke against the states that have passed new voter registration laws. He said, After a thorough and fair review, we concluded that the state (of South Carolina) had failed to meet its burden of proving that the voting change would not have a racially discriminatory affect. (i.e. Photo Voter ID) He went on to say that he would do everything in his power to over rule the photo ID laws that several states have recently passed. (I am sure he would include Tennessee.)
My questions to Holder and to those who oppose the Photo Voter ID Law are: 1) How dopeople with no photo ID cash checks? How do they open bank accounts? How do children enroll in school, college or get jobs with no birth certificates? How do 18-year-old young men apply for Selective Service Registration Cards? 2) How do those with colds or allergies purchase over-the-counter drugs that contain ingredients used to manufacture crystal methamphetamine get medicine (a law that the most law officers lobbied for)? 3) Why are those against the new photo ID law stating that the poor, the minorities and we senior citizens are being discriminated against? 4) After almost every national election I have read news articles reporting about voter fraud. Why would anyone not want to take away every chance of voter fraud? I am puzzled. Could it be that some politicians, down deep inside, think their candidate cannot be elected unless many non-citizen voters are allowed to vote for their candidate? ID cards are free, and they make sense.
Ronald J. Ron KellerMt. Juliet