Letter: Voter ID: Stop the deception

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

To the Editor:

In response to a recent letter, I am one of the referenced “7 million North Carolinians who should be able to vote with confidence.” I appreciate the writer’s concern for my responsibility as a voter. Voting is indeed the foundation upon which our democracy stands; universal voting; voting by each and every citizen entitled to vote.

Surely every thinking person in Vance County must realize by now that new photo ID laws to “prevent” fraudulent voting by voter impersonation is nothing but a smoke-screen to deny the vote to citizens most likely to vote other than Republican.

A 2009 Justice Department probe found that between 2000-2007, out of 300 million votes cast for federal candidates, federal prosecutors convicted 86 people for voter fraud by individuals. Our current laws allow up to five years in federal prison and up to a $10,000 fine for fraudulent voting or deportation for immigrants for casting a single fraudulent vote.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, claims of voter impersonation fraud fueling new voter restriction laws in more than a dozen states could disenfranchise “five million voters on Election Day.” 

John Wasik writing for Forbes magazine (Nov. 6, 2012) revealed, “large-scale voter fraud is virtually non-existent today (voter impersonation laws) mostly prevented people of color and older folks from voting.”

Between 2000-2007, 32,000 UFO sightings and 352 deaths by lightning were reported, according to Craig’s List founder Craig Newmark.

The average American citizen is decent, law-abiding and intelligent; is patriotic and takes voting rights and responsibilities quite seriously, including the responsibility to prevent voter suppression in our great democracy.

It’s time to stop the deceptions, the lies and the attempts to frighten the people into supporting attempts to limit our democracy rather than expand it.

Irving Newman