Issue One: Voter ID and fraud

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GOP fictions

In response to the letter "Real Voter Fraud" (Aug. 9), I would like to thank Tom Bills for his slanted view of democracy. Fair elections? It took two amendments (the 15th and 19th) for all citizens to be guaranteed the right to vote. Any law that would disenfranchise even one citizen from voting is, by definition, unconstitutional.

He must reside in the GOP/conservative/Fox bubble -- a place where global warming is a myth (despite scientific evidence), evolution is a mere theory (despite scientific evidence), but voter fraud is the single biggest threat to democracy (despite no evidence).

The poll worker in question voted six times. Based on the right's conspiracy of a stolen election, a "small" group of poll workers (around 1,000) would have needed to vote 167 times each! That number would grow in Pennsylvania to 310 times each! Even 9/11 conspiracy theorists would be scratching their heads in disbelief on that one.

Only in the bubble would an illegal vote be deemed more dangerous than an illegal firearm. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a vote is a good guy with a vote!"

Sadly, true voter fraud happens every November. We elect candidates who no longer represent us, but rather whichever lobbyist or special interest group has the deepest pockets. Fair elections, indeed.

STEVEN BARCHANOWICZ
Munhall




The right to vote

Regarding the letter by Tom Bills of O'Hara ("Real Voter Fraud," Aug. 9): The case of voter fraud in Cincinnati is just one case out of the vast millions of voters.

Voting is a right, not a privilege. Therefore, it should not require that ID be presented when voting. If a person is on the voting list, he or she should be able to vote. It is that person's right.

I also wanted to point out that I have been taking a large number of medications for more than 30 years, and not once did I have to show ID to get my medication. All I needed was a prescription. I don't know where Mr. Bills gets his medication, but if he needs an ID, he should find another pharmacy.

RALPH GRABOWSKI
Collier




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