In the Aug. 7 letter “Why check IDs?” the writer stated, “I must be missing something” in comparing the need for a photo ID to board a plane to needing a photo ID to vote. The writer is exactly right. He is missing something. He is missing several things, in fact.
One, boarding a plane is not a right that is granted to him, as a citizen, in the Constitution, a right that must not be infringed.
Two, voter-impersonation fraud is virtually nonexistent, and voter ID laws were passed with the specific intention of suppressing the voting rights of poorer citizens. Voter ID supporters have let it slip several times that this was the purpose of the law. Other parts of the law, including the elimination of early voting, were also included by design to reduce the voting participation of certain groups of citizens.
Three, the writer’s own ideologically driven blindness has caused his inability to see these facts that are in plain view.
Opening his eyes and his mind to facts that his ideology currently blocks from his view will help to make sure that he doesn’t miss other things in the future.