Your Opinion: Voter ID mandate advocated

Dear Editor

I am responding to the opinion expressed in the Columbia Tribune which was printed in the News Tribune on April 15 regarding voter ID.

The writer states that there is “no evidence of voter fraud” to justify a photo ID mandate at the polls. Really? Perhaps the so-called “mainstream media” didn’t pay much attention to voter fraud in recent past elections, but those same organizations show an obvious, liberal bias. These same news outlets ignored Black Panther intimidation of white voters and a black, Republican poll worker in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election.

With identity theft rampant and on the rise, why shouldn’t Missourians have the protection from voter fraud that many other states now enjoy? Perhaps it would be helpful to issue photo identification free of charge to citizens who are registered to vote, but do not hold a driver’s license, much like Wisconsin and Georgia do.

Missouri Republicans are right to try to improve the integrity of our election process. This should not be a partisan issue. For Democrats to say they are against voter ID laws is to suggest that voter fraud works in their favor. Well?

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