Friday, October 19, 2012

Photo ID is not required to vote

Idaho says, “Bring Your ID and Vote!” prominently printed on the cover of the recent Idaho Voters’ Pamphlet. The city of Hailey’s Newsletter, “Our Town,” unequivocally states, “Acceptable forms of photo identification needed to register or vote include any one of the following: … This is misleading and wrong. A photo ID is not required to vote in Idaho.

This is just a thinly veiled attempt by the state of Idaho (along with a number of other states) to prohibit and restrict voting by its citizens. The state can request a photo ID, but it’s not required.

On Page 2 of the Idaho Voters’ Pamphlet, it incorrectly and confusingly states, “Photo ID is now required to Vote in Idaho.” However, if you read just a little further, it states, “To vote, you must either present a photo ID or sign a Personal Identification Affidavit.” The truth is buried in the verbiage and the intent is to confuse the voter. Legislators will say this was promulgated in order to prevent voter fraud. This rationale is disingenuous, to say the least.

This offends me and it should offend anyone who cares about our free and open election process. It’s under threat. Get out the vote, help those individuals who say they don’t have a photo ID, and get them to the polls!

Susan Carlson


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