Why the fuss over voter ID?

September 30, 2012

Your article about problems Maryland drivers have had getting their licenses renewed indicated that most residents of the state already have government photo IDs ("Computer glitch shuts down MD driver's license renewal system," Sept. 26 ).

This article notes that the MVA has issued driver's licenses to 4.5 million residents and MVA identification cards to another 500,000. That comes to a total of 5 million Maryland residents with government photo IDs.

According to the latest population count, there are 5.8 million people living in the state, and more than 800,000 of them are under 18 and thus not eligible to vote.

Since nearly everyone in the state has identification, why all the fuss over voter ID?

David W. Crosby, Catonsville

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