Nancy K. Connolly: Voter ID not worthy

January 29, 2013 

Not worthy

Kudos to The N&O for highlighting the fight over proposed voter ID laws.

The effort to reduce voter fraud runs the risk of increasing a much larger wrong, that of disenfranchising citizens lawfully entitled to vote.

And isn’t it often precisely those without a driver’s license, a passport or even a birth certificate who lack transportation and cannot afford the time off work to spend hours in line at a government office just for a newly required picture ID?

Not only does this fail the test of common decency in a democracy, it also defies common sense to divert millions in scarce state resources from teachers’ salaries and road-builders’ wages to an ALEC-inspired boondoggle.

Nancy K. Connolly

Chapel Hill

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