Why is photo identification considered voter suppression? I just don’t get it!
As a card carrying “goo goo” (good government type) who has spent her entire legislative life encouraging voter participation (12 years as a member of the Government Administration & Elections Committee with 4 years as its Ranking Member), I have served on every single Task Force crafting legislation on contracting reform, ethics reform, voting technology reform, Freedom of Information reform, and campaign finance reform. And, I have listened, with an open mind and heart, for hours – probably days and weeks – to compelling testimony for and against requiring voter photo identification.
Voting is the bedrock freedom of our democracy, and its security should be protected. We need to present a photo id to board an airplane, register at a hotel, cash a check at our own bank, enter a government building or courthouse, and even obtain a senior citizen discount at a movie.
My proposal is that cities and towns would issue a photo identification card (not tied to a driver’s license) without charge to the requestor, and with costs assumed by the Citizens Election Program fund. There is absolutely no hardship involved, and I think the sanctity of each citizen’s vote would be ensured. To me, that is the ultimate voting right.
Please join the conversation by attending a forum on the “Election Matters: The State of Voting in 2016” – at 7 p.m. on September 20 at the Greenwich Library. The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Greenwich Democratic and Republican Town Committees, and the Greenwich Library.