After reading Laura Scott’s commentary (5/12, Opinion) about the Voter ID bill and the non-driving nuns who didn’t have driver’s licenses, I couldn’t help but ask: Why are some people so scared to prove who they are before they vote?
Surely Republicans aren’t the only people concerned about voter fraud, are they? Don’t Democrats want an honest and fair election as well? A Missouri non-driver license (ID card) is $11.
Missouri provides millions of dollars in financial aid to underprivileged residents every year. The majority of these underprivileged people already have ID cards so they can receive benefits. Is it too much to ask the others to spend $11 to ensure that the constitutional voting process Ms. Scott mentions is not made a mockery of?
I sympathize with those who are unable to obtain photo IDs. In the ’60s, when my father was ready to apply for Social Security, he obtained affidavits from older people who knew of his birth. Several years ago, when we first heard of photo IDs, I took my mother to the license bureau to get one.
While I realize I am fortunate to have a car to take my mother to the license bureau, isn’t this an opportunity for volunteers to step up and assist?
In the big picture, isn’t one instance of election fraud too many?