To the editor:
Just last week, a Commonwealth court judge issued an order that essentially blocks Pennsylvania's voter-identification law in our Nov. 5 election. Overwhelming numbers of voters approve this law and our legislature enacted it.
I have great difficulty understanding why people are reluctant to present identification when going to vote. We are required to offer identification in many instances where no one is complaining. I can think of a few where you need to prove your identity: alcohol; cigarettes; opening bank accounts; writing a check; job applications; driving a car; buying a car; renting a car; getting on an airplane; getting married; purchase a gun; get a hunting or fishing license; rent a hotel room; buying a cellphone; casino; giving blood; purchase certain cold medicines; applying for government benefits; and the list goes on. But, why not to vote?
Various types of identification cards are available. These cards are inexpensive or even free to people. Critics claim this law is an effort to discourage young adults, minorities, elderly and disabled folks from going to the polls. I have read a great deal about the basis of the law, the arguments for and against it and still am unable to understand why we should not be required to present a photo ID to vote. I suggest the only reason to challenge this law is to encourage duplicative, illegal voting.
Something as important as voting should be protected from fraud when there are more than 12 million illegal aliens in this country. Ballot integrity is a duty of the state. Pennsylvania has accepted that responsibility and passed the law. It should be a no-brainer to enforce it.