Letter: Voter ID suppresses ballot access

  • Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 8:45 a.m.

Regarding the 65-year-old poster in the July 17 TalkBack page who was proud to have the same voter registration card since age 21. The problem with these voter ID laws is if that poster went to the polls to vote, and did not have a driver’s license or some other form of acceptable picture ID, the poster would not be able to vote in South Carolina unless the poster claimed a reasonable impediment to having a picture ID.

Therein lies the problem. People who previously could vote with just their voter registration card or their driver’s license are now required to jump through hoops to comply with the new requirements. The requirements in many other states are more onerous than they are in South Carolina.

These voter ID laws were enacted for one reason, only, and that is voter suppression. Republicans are afraid to compete just on the issues, so they concocted tales of dead people voting and people voting in person multiple times for the same election. None of this is true, but a segment of very gullible people believe the rubbish that has been peddled by the Republican Party.

Now that they have an ally in the Supreme Court with its recent ruling to strip the enforceability of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, there is no telling what the Republican Party will do next to try to suppress the electorate.

Moses Mims

Aiken

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