Todd Rush: Voter ID essential

January 27, 2013 

Voter ID essential

In response to the Jan. 21 editorial “Keeping King’s legacy”: It is absolutely shocking to me that you believe America is regressing by stating that voter ID is regressive and is merely an attempt to suppress the votes of the poor and elderly people. Even more, you added that it was politically motivated (by Republicans against Democrats).

If someone makes a purchase using a credit card, he is likely asked for ID. If you drive a car, you must have a valid driver’s license. (Have you tried to get a license at the DMV lately?) To get a fishing license, you need valid identification!

I fail to see why it would be considered “oppressive,” “discriminatory” or “regressive” to require a voter to prove who he or she is when arriving at the voting station. When we, as Americans, proceed to cast our one and only vote for a political candidate, wouldn’t most Americans want to believe the candidate was elected fairly by the Americans legally registered to vote?

Todd Rust

Durham

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