Richard Gradle: A secure voting system

May 11, 2013 

A secure voting system

The rhetoric surrounding the voter ID legislation serves primarily to distract from the real question, which is “Do we want a secure voting system or not?” A secure voting system allows every eligible person to register to vote, and, more important, ensures that each registered voter casts his/her own ballot. One person, one vote. A secure system is the only way to guarantee that the true voice of the people is heard. We can work to have either a secure system or an unsecure system.

The recent Elon University poll indicated that 72 percent of North Carolina voters believe that a photo ID should be presented by the voter at the polls. This correlates well with Rasmussen polling results showing that 71 percent of likely voters nationally favor presenting an ID at the polls. No single party claims this percentage of registered voters (in N.C., 43 percent Democrat, 31 percent Republican, 26 percent unaffiliated). The 72 percent therefore includes Republican, Democrat and unaffiliated voters.

Thus, statements implying that Republicans alone support the voter ID bill are inaccurate and misleading. A more correct statement is that, despite broad bipartisan popular support, elected Democrats and some left-leaning organizations oppose the voter ID legislation.

Richard Gradle


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