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