Patricia Burke: Why not ID voters?

March 14, 2013 

Why not ID voters?

I am so tired of the listening to the debate about the requirement for voters to possess a voter ID card and the lame excuses why it is not a valid proposal.

I just don’t understand the reasons given by those opposed to voter ID cards. They say older folks cannot get such an ID card, because they cannot get out to the DMV or wherever they need to go to obtain one. However, these same folks don’t get out to shop or go to medical appointments? Every time I go to a medical appointment, I am asked for two items – my health insurance card and a photo ID. So, why is it OK to be required to show a photo ID at a physician’s office, yet one can vote and not be required to show any form of ID?

Why are young people disadvantaged? I am sure they have no problem getting to the DMV for a driver’s license. This issue borders on the ridiculous. Get an ID to prove your identity when voting. It’s an obligation every legitimate citizen should meet.

Patricia Burke


News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service