John Rutkowski's recent letter defending voter ID requirements deserves to be challenged ("Voter ID no threat to black civil rights," July 17). A Department of Justice investigation clearly documented that we have no voter fraud problem; it was able to identify only a few hundred instances nationwide.

Interestingly, Mr. Rutkowski was able to identify several of them in his letter, suggesting that there may be an organized Republican campaign to promote voter ID laws In order to suppress hundreds of thousands of votes by legitimate U.S. citizens who simply lack a driver's license.

Mr. Rutkowski's argues that requiring an individual to show ID is no big deal since it is required to shop at stores like Walmart. But shopping at Walmart is not a constitutionally guaranteed right of every citizen, while voting is.

Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore