Terry Turner: It’s not broken

March 14, 2013 

It’s not broken

There is an old saying that “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Allowing people to vote without photo identification has served America for over 225 years. There is virtually no proof of voter fraud in our state. With so many real problems, why waste so much time and money attempting to solve a nonexistent one?

The estimate in North Carolina is that there are about 600,000 voters without photo IDs. If they must buy one, many might have to choose food or medicine instead. If the state pays for the ID card, it is the taxpayer’s money and at, say, $10 per card for 600,000, that would take away $6 million from the budget.

In these harsh economic times, why spend unnecessarily? The U.S. and N.C. constitutions along with the Voting Rights Act basically forbid any prerequisite that deprives the right of suffrage. If the proposed voter ID bill denies even one person the right to vote, it goes against American tradition and principles.

Terry Turner


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