Make voting easy with an ID
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Why is there such an issue as to making sure that when a citizen votes, he or she has the legal right to cast a vote? Our history shows that almost anyone can vote once they attain the legal age of 18 and have filled out the necessary forms to register with the state. So why and where is the issue?
I agree with the need for a picture identification card for registered voters. This is not only fair, but it guarantees and protects a citizen's right to vote. I present a simple way to incorporate this by adding the issuance of these cards at the same time a citizen registers for a driver's license. This way the same picture could be used.
Now I know not all citizens operate motor vehicles, but the use of a state-operated department for registering our state's driving citizens would eliminate some of the bureaucracy. So much so that with modern technology at our disposal, only those citizens that have no obstacles preventing them from being citizens in good standing, can retain or receive such an identification card. We the citizens would still have to present the required documentation that it takes to complete the retaining of a state driver's license which shows our residency. So why not use this same information to retain a voter's picture identification card? This would guarantee that every citizen could register to vote at a time when they have to complete a state-required function, and I believe that as of this date, you can currently fill out the required documents for voters' registration at any of the Division of Motor Vehicles offices.
So why can't they issue each citizen a picture voter registration card? I believe that as Americans we should not take too lightly the rights that allow us the opportunity to participate in the ultimate citizen right of democracy: the right to vote. I hope that our elected representatives can also use some common sense. That they can create a simple yet progressive system, a system that would allow us to be given the opportunity to be legal and free voters without worry that our rights could be infringed upon.
Edmund J. Bell