Voting and the 'expensive to obtain" photo ID

To the Editor:

In a nutshell, here's the problem: The "poor" and illegal aliens have problems obtaining photo IDs. Many see requiring photo IDs to vote as reasonable. The "poor" should be able to vote; whether they actually will vote is another issue. Illegal aliens shouldn't have a problem here -- they aren't supposed to be voting.

If requiring a photo ID to vote is going to disadvantage the "poor," why do the "poor" seem to have little or no problem providing a photo ID when purchasing booze, beer, butts, applying for welfare payments, food stamps, Section 8 housing, fuel assistance, driving a car, getting into bars or getting services at the ER?

The only individuals that might be at a disadvantage are illegal immigrants, but they aren't supposed to be voting. They still seem to be able to get paid by their employers and have access to the goods and services listed above without one (a legal one at least).

Side note: State photo IDs cost as little as $10, but no more than $20. They can be obtained by any U.S./state citizen at the Vermont DMV office (i.e. the St. Johnsbury Elks Club on any Thursday, year round).

If the "poor" can't afford a photo ID, why isn't there a hue and cry from those that find requiring one so abhorrent, to provide the "poor" with free photo IDs?

Here's a thought. Want to vote and don't have a photo ID because you can't afford it? No problem. Show up early at the polling station on the next election day, bring your documentation of U.S. citizenship and state residency to the local town/city voting authority and get a free photo ID on the spot. No cost to you and just a small investment of your time for a lifetime of photo identification.

Once again, regardless of the fact it shouldn't be an issue, striking down voter ID laws is nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to anything that is going to affect the voting base of the current administration.

You've got to love those adorable bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Vermont State Attorney's Office -- turning their backs on real injustice in an all out pursuit of multiculturalism and politically-correctness and excusing the "poor" from any responsibility at any cost.

Todd Leadbeater

St. Johnsbury, Vt.

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