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July 17, 2012
Regarding Leonard Pitts' column about the impact of voter ID laws on African-Americans, it's time to squelch the outrage and be sensible ("With its voting rights threatened, black America is silent," July 15). Do we want to continue to proclaim our outrage and, as a result, let those votes be lost? These dastardly laws are in place and nothing can be done about them. So let's move on. Let's make sure that those now without valid photo IDs get them. These are mostly poor black people.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 25, 2013
"So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. " -- Martin Luther King Jr., Aug. 28, 1963 This is "tomorrow. " Meaning that unknowable future whose unknowable difficulties Martin Luther King invoked half a century ago when he told America about his dream. If you could somehow magically bring him here, that tomorrow would likely seem miraculous to him, faced as he was with a time when segregation, police brutality, employment discrimination and voter suppression were widely and openly practiced.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
Requiring a photo ID is frequently, and inaccurately, said to be a method of suppressing minority votes. Walmart requires a photo ID to exchange a purchase. Not to get a refund, but simply to trade a purchase for something of the same price for a different size or color. I would wager that plenty of minorities shop at Walmart. These folks can have an ID for something as mundane as exchanging a Walmart purchase, but The Sun feels that for something as important as electing our government having to prove you are who you claim to be is just too much of an intrusion ( "Defending voting rights," Aug. 5)
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By Jon S. Cardin, Ben Cannon and Joe Miklosi | October 10, 2011
A healthy civic society requires protecting citizens' fundamental right to vote while ensuring the integrity of our electoral system. Sadly, this goal is being jeopardized by a coordinated, nationwide effort to enact voter ID laws that will not solve the challenges facing our electoral systems and will instead disenfranchise voters and infringe upon the fundamental American right to free and fair elections. Proponents of voter ID laws claim that they will reduce fraud. We agree that preventing voter fraud is extremely important.
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By Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | February 24, 2012
Two recent bulletins place progressive outrage about voting rights in interesting perspective. Item No. 1: The latest "Pew Center on the States Report" found 24 million invalid voter registrations and nearly 2 million dead people still on U.S. voter rolls. Item No. 2: South Carolina has sued theU.S. Department of Justiceas a result of the DOJ's decision to block the state from requiring voters to show government-issued identification in order to vote. For many of us, this juxtaposition is a head scratcher.
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By Cal Thomas | December 31, 2011
Is there, or should there ever be, a point when a state is no longer penalized for its discriminatory past? Not according to the Department of Justice, which recently rejected a South Carolina law that would have required voters to show a valid photo ID before casting their ballots. Justice says the law discriminates against minorities. The Obama administration said, "South Carolina's law didn't meet the burden under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory practices preventing blacks from voting.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
John Rutkowski's recent letter defending voter ID requirements deserves to be challenged ("Voter ID no threat to black civil rights," July 17). A Department of Justice investigation clearly documented that we have no voter fraud problem; it was able to identify only a few hundred instances nationwide. Interestingly, Mr. Rutkowski was able to identify several of them in his letter, suggesting that there may be an organized Republican campaign to promote voter ID laws In order to suppress hundreds of thousands of votes by legitimate U.S. citizens who simply lack a driver's license.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
Requiring a photo ID is frequently, and inaccurately, said to be a method of suppressing minority votes. Walmart requires a photo ID to exchange a purchase. Not to get a refund, but simply to trade a purchase for something of the same price for a different size or color. I would wager that plenty of minorities shop at Walmart. These folks can have an ID for something as mundane as exchanging a Walmart purchase, but The Sun feels that for something as important as electing our government having to prove you are who you claim to be is just too much of an intrusion ( "Defending voting rights," Aug. 5)
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 15, 2012
An open letter to African America: In the late '90s, the Internet belched forth a rumor that the Voting Rights Act was soon to expire and that black folks would lose the vote as a result. Though stupid and untrue, the rumor spread like a dust cloud till it was inescapable. You couldn't get away from it in a confession booth. You couldn't get away from it in a phone booth. Everybody was up in arms. Flash forward to 2012. Now the threat is real. There is a sustained effort to suppress the black vote as we approach this pivotal election.
NEWS
July 29, 2013
So Attorney General Eric Holder can't stand the fact that Texas is going to require voter ID ( "Congress must fix Voting Rights Act," July 29). I really don't see anything wrong with that. You need ID to buy cough medicine at the drug store, to get into an R rated movie, to get a driver's license, to get on an airplane etc. What Mr. Holder and the Obama administration can't stand is the fact that Texas is a Republican stronghold with a lot of electoral votes. The article talks about gerrymandering: "The state's plans for redrawing political boundaries after the 2010 census intentionally discriminated against minorities.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Having made allegations of widespread voter fraud a signature issue for their party in recent years, you'd think Republicans would know better than to tolerate anything that smacked of similar irregularities in their own ranks. So it's ironic that the first major alleged instance of voter fraud this election cycle is being attributed to Republicans rather than Democrats. It must be galling for the party that's sponsored ID laws across the country to prevent voter fraud to now find itself accused of the same shenanigans it accuses Democrats of perpetrating.
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By Robert B. Reich | September 19, 2012
Unemployment is still above 8 percent, job gains aren't even keeping up with population growth, the economy is barely moving forward. And yet, according to most polls, the Romney-Ryanticket is falling further and further behind. How can this be? Because Republicans are failing the central test of electability. Instead of putting together the largest possible coalition of voters, they're relying largely on one slice of America -- middle-aged white men -- and alienating just about everyone else.
NEWS
September 13, 2012
The fact that Democratic congressional candidate Wendy Rosen voted in both Maryland and Florida proves that voter fraud does exist even though it still is a tiny fraction of the total votes cast. However, we need to look a bit more closely to see the full implications of this incident. Ms. Rosen presumably has a government issued picture ID, yet that did absolutely nothing to prevent voter fraud. Why? Because Ms. Rosen didn't vote in two states in person. Instead, she used absentee ballots, and a picture ID wouldn't have prevented her from doing so. In fact, almost every documented case of voter fraud has been perpetrated via absentee voting, not by in-person voting.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is right about one thing. Voting is the "most sacred right possessed by an American citizen. " ("Facts and opinions from the campaign," Sept. 9.) However, the voter ID laws that he and his Republican colleagues support are the most recent example of a sad history of denying people that right. IDs issued by state universities aren't accepted under the Wisconsin law. The League of Women Voters ended its voter registration efforts in Florida to avoid criminal prosecution under the burdensome provisions of a new statute.
NEWS
August 22, 2012
Your editorial alleging that Pennsylvania's voter ID statute is designed to disenfranchise eligible voters ignores many basic facts ("Vote suppression in Pa.," Aug. 17). Under the statute, Pennsylvania will be giving out the requisite state IDs free of charge. In addition, multiple forms of identification are acceptable, including driver's licenses, passports, military IDs, college IDs, and government employee IDs. Furthermore, anyone who presents a Social Security card and two proofs of residence will get the requisite ID and voters who have no ID will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot pending proof of identity within six days.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Your recent editorial regarding voter ID laws ("The phantom menace of voter fraud," Feb. 27) rightly criticized the Republicans in the legislature for trying to win votes by tinkering with the voting process. The attempt is clumsy and obvious. They should learn from the Democrats who accomplish the same end much more deftly. They carved legislative and congressional districts in which the Republican votes will be counted but just won't count. There is more than one way to rig an election.
NEWS
June 26, 2012
So Brennan Center for Justice lawyer Mimi Marziani "knows for a fact that there is no evidence of a voter fraud problem" ("Maryland group alleges voter-roll problems," June 22). Really? Didn't the article say a few paragraphs before that there are voters on the books registered in more than one jurisdiction? Isn't that voter fraud? In this day when stolen IDs are a daily problem, how long before someone takes over the ID of one of those many dead voters still on the books, which has probably already happened?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
Voter fraud is not a problem in our country. For years, the emphasis has been on increasing voter participation so that those who get elected are truly representative of the people. Now, in an effort to defeat President Barack Obama in November, the Republican Party is doing everything possible to suppress the vote among young people, minorities and the poor, who all tend to vote Democratic. The new voter law in Pennsylvania requires everyone to have a state voter card. No longer is one's driver's license or Social Security card considered valid identification, even though those are satisfactory for most other transactions.
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