There are many among us who are complaining that our citizens are either incapable or unable to get a voter identification card. I believe those who are saying no to the voter identification bill are short-changing the knowledge and abilities of our citizenry who elected our public officials. If they are incapable of getting a free Voter Identification Card, a North Carolina driver license, or the North Carolina Identification Card, then what does that say about their vote for those that they have elected to office?
The squawking about it being too difficult for our citizenry to take time off from work to obtain a voter identification card is just that — squawking. Each citizen with a driver’s license must renew his or her driver’s license every few years. It is not any less important to know who is voting than it is to operate a motor vehicle. The requirement to have a picture identification card to vote only enforces the privilege that each citizen has a right to vote. As far as the identification card itself is concerned, I believe that in the bills presented, the county boards of election are to issue voter identification cards for voting only, free of charge.
Voter identification would only enhance the privilege of voting. It is time that we did the right thing and insured that those who have entered the polling place to vote are the correct individuals and not someone who wishes to take another’s identification and, by the same token, take another rightful vote.
You either have voter identification or you have voter fraud; anything else is pure exaggerated nonsense. To even have one case of voter fraud within the borders of North Carolina is unacceptable, especially when you have the means available to prevent it and that is voter identification. It is time North Carolina came into the 21st century, and passed a voter identification bill requiring those who vote to identify themselves.
— Ray Shamlin