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Letter: Question for lawmakers

Why should it be more difficult for me to obtain a ballot on Election Day than to purchase a firearm from a stranger?

ART MORSE

Pittsfield

Legacy Comments5

Art, If this is about voter ID (topic unclear), the issue is such hooey. You must have a photo ID and there are many types), to open an account, check into a hotel, board a plane, board a bus, board a train, in many places get a library card, rent a car, get a drink or buy cigarettes. Have you done any of these? The reason this is necessary? Remember the national news report about the democratic poll worker who bragged about voting for Obama 6 times? The bus loads of out of towners brought into voting stations? In addition, if you are one of those 1 in a million people w/o any form of ID - there is still a very simple free procedure for voting - just ask a poll worker. I do not like having to show my ID all the time either but being able to vote is very easy for any legal resident. Do you really feel this arguement holds any water at all?

The evidence of actual voter fraud is virtually nonexistent. The example you cite--if proven, is one instance among literally millions. This Snopes post debunks wider allegations of voter fraud claimed by conservatives. http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/2012fraud.asp What isn't up for debate are the voter suppression efforts of Republican-dominated legislatures across the country prior to the last election, as well as the 2008 election.

Of course, having your campaign call out doners from the other camp and having the IRS target them works, too.

Of course, setting up hundreds - if not thousands - of bogus "social welfare" organizations that really exist for no purpose other than partisan politics and filing for unmerited tax-exempt status (501c4) works just fine, too.

Bruce, Please cite examples of voter suppression by republicans. Of course, its easier to commit fraud if a poll worker can't ask who you are. You could not get into the democratic convention w/o a valid photo ID - our elections less important that socialist conclaves? As to examples of socialist fraud; " Comparing criminal records with voting rolls, the group identified 1,099 felons -- all ineligible to vote -- who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race. Minnesota Majority took the information to prosecutors across the state, many of whom showed no interest in pursuing it. But Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. And so far, Fund and von Spakovsky report, 177 people have been convicted -- not just accused, but convicted -- of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. Another 66 are awaiting trial." --and there are more

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