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ViewPoint: Who is casting that ballot?

October 28, 2008

The state has spent time and your resources defending its voter identification requirement in court, yet again. And again, a court has said that the state has a reasonable interest in knowing that the person who comes to the poll to vote is really who he claims to be.

What's wrong with that policy? If you cash a check, or sign up for cable TV, get a driver's license, or rent a car, you have to identify yourself.

Why is this act a hardship at the voting place?

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state trying to get it to stop asking for identification when people show up to vote.

Why? It makes it seems as if these groups, and the Democratic Party of Georgia, which has sued over this issue in the past, want people to vote, whether they are legal citizens, with voting rights, or not.

When these groups complained that some people couldn't obtain state ID's, the state sent people all over Georgia to make the ID's for them, FREE.

There's no reason that every eligible voter can't obtain a legitimate identification.

Citizens need to be assured that the voting process is correct and free of fraud. We believe that every citizen's vote should count. Once.

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