From a recent column by Reading Eagle Editor Harry Deitz:
I don't understand why people shouldn't have to show identification to vote.
It's one of our most important responsibilities as citizens, and it must come with rules that assure it is secure.
The issue of voter ID in Pennsylvania has been a long-running battle in the courts. Proponents argue that it prevents fraud. Opponents claim there is no evidence of fraud and that providing an official ID is a burden on some citizens.
I see those as lame and unfounded excuses. Can they legally drive a car without a license?
Can they refuse to provide an ID if requested to cash a check? Can anyone go into a bar or liquor store and make a purchase without valid ID if requested? Can they get on a commercial airline without identification?
None of those come close to the importance of voting. If you go for medical tests, you need an ID. If you apply for a job, you need ID.
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