IDs should increase voting
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Recently Courtney Patterson, a state NAACP leader, told a Greenville audience that the gains made by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are in jeopardy. He encouraged Americans to be vigilant in protecting these rights and to exercise the privilege of voting.
When Stacy Abrams narrowly lost her bid for governor of Georgia, she said that voter suppression played a significant part in her defeat. Now we are afraid that our democracy, due to foreign interference, can no longer fairly elect our representatives.
Steps can be taken. In my opinion, all of us should embrace a law that requires photo identification for voters. Most especially, the leaders of the NAACP and any at-risk group should have a galvanizing interest in this.
When individuals make the effort to get a photo ID and vote, we have, from the bottom up, increased the likelihood of fair and representational elections and government.
In every DMV office in our great country, the cameras are ready. All that is needed is the willingness to organize this democratic safety net into law. It will bring more citizens under the tent of civic responsibility. From the get-go, this could prevent qualified voters from being disqualified at the voting booth. Election day would have less negotiated votes or nefarious actions.
Interested parties should organize transportation to the DMV. Public buses and church vans with a call for volunteers and donations could assist.
Exceptions due to age or handicapping conditions might be written into the law.
As a matter of conscience, all Americans should make fair and equal representation at the voting booth their mission. Every vote cast should count. Armed with proof that we are who we say we are, we can exercise our greatest privilege as citizens of a democracy.
Alison Lord Stuart
Note: In addition to state identification cards issued by the DMV, voters may obtain a county-issued voter ID card at no charge from the Board of Eections office. Several other forms of identification also are acceptable including a U.S. passport and university student IDs.