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Mail Call: From Dan Kiniry, Class of 2006

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07

I cannot agree with the opinion column written in support of requiring a picture ID in order for one to vote ("Protect Texas' future," Feb. 19). I have personally known many, many people who do not have photo IDs who are American citizens. All of these people are poor and struggling. I do not believe that people without the right to vote are sneaking into voting booths, what a silly idea! There are only two reasons to support a voter ID bill: extreme paranoia and the will to disenfranchise the poor. From my experience of working with the poor and homeless for the last four years, I would estimate that there are hundreds of people in our county and millions across the nation who would be disenfranchised by voter ID requirements. Close to 100 percent of these people are poor. Conservatives, who represent the interests of the rich and powerful, have a vested interest in taking away the right to vote from the poor and destitute, most of whom are not gullible enough to believe that denying them access to healthcare is good for them. Let's not take a step backwards towards the days when you could only vote if you were a white male landowner.


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