Voter ID laws don't disenfranchise minorities and the poor

August 20, 2012

I am tired of hearing people say that requiring someone to produce a photo ID in order to vote is a form of voter suppression ("Vote suppression in Pa.," Aug. 17). There is little of importance one can do in our society that does not require showing a photo ID.

Examples include traveling by plane, giving blood, getting a medical diagnostic test, seeking treatment at a clinic, cashing a check, purchasing an item by check, picking up mail at the Post Office and having a document notarized in Maryland.

The reason for the photo ID law is to ensure that not a single fraudulent vote is cast in any election. That is a laudable goal, and it is not voter suppression.

One must wonder what the real motives are of those who protest and trivialize efforts to protect one of our most sacred rights and responsibilities.

Joseph F Greenbeck Jr., Parkville

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