Hardly a day goes by without the media reporting about a nationwide effort to prevent people from voting in the upcoming election in November. The statistics that are employed are curious, to say the least. A little research on my part has convinced me that the only acceptable forms of ID should be that which requires a proof of citizenship. A license or photo ID from a motor vehicle bureau, a current passport, original or certified copy of birth certificate or current military ID card.
Are these the only reliable means at this time? Will it present a problem for some people? I’m sure it will, but it is not an insurmountable one. After all, it is something that is required for so many other things all of which are referenced by the media on a regular basis. If the said ID was needed to obtain a free vacation to Disney World, I dare say the populace would obtain one.
The privilege of voting should be held to the highest standards. It is very disheartening to me when elected and appointed government officials contaminate the issue by inserting nefarious racial motives about photo ID and saying it harkens back to the days of Jim Crow laws, literacy tests and poll taxes. Perhaps the real goal of these strident voices is to include non-citizens in the voting mix which might increase the number of votes for the incumbent.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.
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