To the editor:
After reading this morning's Sentinel I am once again chagrined.
The "leftist" side of the voting booth now wants anyone and everyone to cast a ballot without proof of citizenship that might well offset the vote of a legal voter. They use the phantom issue of the inability of some to obtain proper ID.
The constant excuse I hear from the ACLU, the NAACP, and others is how unfair it is to require legitimate proof that the person voting is who they claim to be and is eligible to vote at that polling place. They use as an example the supposition that there is a subverted voting process much akin to the polling tax. Total nonsense!
Last week I had a medical consult where I was not only required to show my medical cards but also had to provide a photo ID which often now is kept on file so as to prevent fraud. Yesterday, when appearing for an MRI, I was once again asked for the same. Again my cards and ID were copied and kept on file. If that is the norm in medical offices then why not at the polls if one wishes to cast a ballot for their president, legislator or governor?
I have to wonder how it is that a person can find the time and the transport to get to the doctor or to the pharmacy (where often a photo ID is requested) but cannot find the time to visit the town hall, the DOT, the Social Security office, or any other place that will provide, often free, the necessary identification as required by the recently passed voter ID law. If so difficult then how do they even register to vote in the first place or might they contact the nearest ACORN office which will eagerly register even illegal voters.
When I applied for my passport some years back I was not only required to fill out an application requiring much personal info but also to pay the fee, provide two photos, show my marriage license for it to be copied, and hand over my birth certificate which was mailed to Philadelphia in accompaniment with the application, the photos and the fee - the birth certificate was later returned with the passport.
To cash a check often we need to provide a valid ID; to register for college; buy liquor; get a loan; obtain a driver's license; board a plane; show at times when using a credit card. And on and on!
The only ones who seem to be arguing for open voting registrations are those same groups that skewed the voting rolls in so many other areas where voter fraud has been actually proven, even in one place where more voters were registered than the census showed there were people of legal age to vote. Just Google and it's easy to see the many instances of voter fraud. Voter ID thwarts voter fraud; absence of it invites corruption.
I might even add it seems to be easier for a non-valid voter to get a ballot than a soldier serving overseas in harm's way. But on that score you never hear from the ACLU or other "open the voting booth" crowds complaining do you? To them it is best to allow illegal voters to cast a ballot so their political interests are served, even if those interests are served illegally.
Voter ID should be a national requirement. Go Gov. Corbett, don't back down. Keep standing up for the most important right of a legitimate citizen - the right to vote and to do so legally.
Mrs. Diane L Logan