Summer Sale! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Readers Respond
News Opinion Readers Respond

Voter fraud: Why do we treat our most precious right with so little concern?

Your recent editorial stated that there is little reason to require a photo ID to vote ("The phantom menace," Feb. 27). But there is another way to look at this.

Two of my children have been away from home for several years, yet they still show up as active voters on the rolls at our precinct, despite my telling officials there that my children have left home.

The elections judge writes this down at every election. But when that information gets back to election headquarters, anyone with access could copy those names and use them to cast ballots elsewhere during early voting. And if they did, no one would be the wiser.

No matter how insignificant it may seem, that would still be voter fraud. It really is amazing that of all of the freedoms granted us by the Constitution, we as a society seem to treat the one that is most sacred with such little concern.

C.D. Wilmer, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Illegal immigration's impact on voting

    Illegal immigration's impact on voting

    Many of us consider the issue of voter inequality a contrived one conveniently politicized by the Democratic candidates during election cycles. The Sun's editorial board, as usual, shows how it idolizes the Clintons by failing to address areas of voter inequality caused by illegal immigration (...

  • Voter ID should be bipartisan goal

    Voter ID should be bipartisan goal

    I think it is way past the time to enact legislation to require a federal ID system because I never know if my vote in Maryland can be compromised by someone who is not a citizen ("Messing with voting rights in Texas," Oct. 21).

  • Let's stop choosing and just elect Democrats

    Let's stop choosing and just elect Democrats

    Recently, Hillary Clinton proposed that every American should be automatically registered to vote on their 18th birthday unless they opted out ("How about voter equality?" June 8). Additionally, she insisted that there should be at least 20 days of early voting. Now is not the time for half-measures....

  • Voter registration is not the problem

    Voter registration is not the problem

    Even if we do set up an automatic voter registration, do you honestly think people who are too lazy or disinterested to register will actually take the time to go out and vote ("How about voter equality?" June 8)? Is this really the problem? Too difficult to register? Not enough people registered?

  • Make voting an inalienable right

    Make voting an inalienable right

    Voting should be an inalienable right. If it is not, if there is any way to deprive citizens of their vote, it opens the door to systematic disenfranchisement of targeted groups for political purposes. That's why poll tax laws and voter test laws and property requirements have been discarded.

  • Forget ID, make voters pass a quiz

    Forget ID, make voters pass a quiz

    Rather than voter identification, I propose a civics test be given when entering the voting booth ("Messing with voting rights in Texas," Oct. 20). If you don't answer four out of five questions correctly, the voting machine is turned off.

  • Voter ID laws not only don't target minorities, they have no effect on turnout either

    Voter ID laws not only don't target minorities, they have no effect on turnout either

    All this talk of voter ID laws targeting minorities makes me sick ("Messing with voting rights in Texas," Oct. 20).

  • Requiring tests for voting? Seriously?

    Requiring tests for voting? Seriously?

    Letter writer Lyle Rescott not only wants to restore literacy tests on prospective voters but even suggested civics questions ("Voter registration should come with a test," June 13). So I have one for him, which is whether he is aware of the abusive history of literacy tests in the Jim Crow South...

Comments
Loading
84°