I'm writing in response to an opinion article in the Nov. 22 Laurel Leader by Gwendolyn Glenn titled "Voters' Determination on Election Day Overcomes Frustrations at the Polls." I appreciate Ms. Glenn's opening statement regarding the importance of every single ballot being counted. Then she mentions that leading up to the election, laws were pushed to make it harder for people to vote in some states.
I'm guessing Ms. Glenn is referring to attempts to have a law passed that requires voters to provide an ID. Some people do not support voter ID because they believe it is racially motivated. I fail to understand that belief. If this is true, why isn't requiring an ID to get a driver's license considered racially motivated or writing a check, cashing a check or money order, using a credit card or attending the National Democratic and Republican Conventions? That belief just doesn't hold up to scrutiny and is insulting to people's intelligence, inferring there are those who are incapable of obtaining an ID but are capable of voting.
Voting is one of our most important, fundamental rights and nowadays, an ID is required for any significant transaction. People complain about voter fraud and yet reject voter ID, which would drastically help reduce fraud.
All of us have heard stories about voter fraud being committed. One involved people selecting a presidential candidate electronically and yet a different presidential candidate's name registered. Supposedly this happened in several precincts. When asked about it, one official response was, "Yes, it's been happening quite a bit." Why weren't those machines removed? Another refers to people voting on behalf of those who have passed on. Voter ID and maintaining updated voting records would prevent this from happening and yet there are those who object.
Ms. Glenn referred to an attorney friend who traveled to Miami to volunteer her time at the polls to make sure people's voting rights, no matter who they supported, were not denied. Her friend is to be commended and that noble goal should be adopted by all involved in the voting process, including vote counters.
If we become more involved and supportive with the goal of no fraud being committed but actually holding honest elections, then we can have confidence in the person elected truly being the person whom the majority support. There won't be those lingering suspicions causing divisiveness. Nothing is perfect in this world but we can certainly make improvements and voter ID is definitely one move in the right direction.