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Your Opinion: Change of mind on voter ID

Dear Editor:

On March 6, I wrote a letter to the editor in which I praised our Missouri legislators for their effort to protect our democracy from fraudulent voting by requiring all voters to have photo IDs. However, I noted that they had overlooked the need to provide an easy access, government-paid process for the many voters who for financial or physical reasons could not acquire photo IDs. I further assumed that the senators who were equally patriotic would correct this oversight when they voted on the House’s bill.

In response to those who disagreed with my assumption that our legislators were motivated by patriotism, I wrote a second letter to the March 12 saying I would not be able to question their integrity until the Senate had voted on the House bill.

The Senate has voted and the time has come for me to admit that all my assumptions were wrong. Whatever their motive may have been it is obvious to me that patriotism was not on their mind. To deny any qualified citizen the right to vote because they cannot meet the photo ID requirement is to diminish our democracy, not to promote it. This has nothing to do with fraud, unless of course, it can be said that it is our legislators’ ulterior motives that enable them to take away our right to vote.

If it is true, it is not just fraud, it is a form of treason.

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