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An election system ripe for abuse

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton champions automatic voter registration for all 18-year-olds, ending voter ID laws and keeping the polls open for 20 days of early voting — and The Sun agrees with her in the name of equity ("How about voter equality?" June 8).

There is nothing inequitable about taking personal responsibility for registering to vote, getting an ID or going to the polls during the 12 hours they are open.

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The changes Ms. Clinton is calling for would make the "phantom epidemic of election fraud" less phantom.

Imagine if everyone were automatically registered, that no ID was needed to vote and that only 50 percent of those registered — as happens in Maryland today — actually ended up voting.

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Those who wanted to commit voter fraud could easily do so simply by asking a neighbor or an acquaintance during the early voting period if they voted or planned on voting. Since more than half of them would probably say no it would be easy for someone else to vote in their name.

Unlike Ms. Clinton's defense of her controversies, there are many "smoking guns" concerning election fraud. Even if there were none, the responsibility of election officials should be to prevent fraud rather than make it ripe for abuses in the phony name of "equity."

Steven Pinson, Baltimore


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