Steven D. Mullinix: Government intrusion

March 14, 2013 

Government intrusion

We have such furor over protection of Second Amendment rights in the wake of so many violent acts this past year involving military-style combat weapons.

But where was the similar public outcry when the N.C. General Assembly actually passed a measure last year requiring picture identification to vote (which the governor vetoed)?

Now a similar measure is up for a discussion. Additionally there are efforts afoot to reduce the number of polling places and days available for early voting in future elections.

If one actually reads the U.S. Constitution, the right to vote is protected by no less than four constitutional amendments. The Constitution states that the right of citizens to vote shall not be restricted by race (Amendment 15), by sex (Amendment 19), by requiring a poll tax (Amendment 24), or “on account of age” for those citizens18 and older (Amendment 26).

Where is the public’s response to real government intrusion into our constitutional right to vote?

Steven D. Mullinix

Chapel Hill

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