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All states should require ID

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Eugene Robinson's Tuesday column about requiring ID to vote stretches logic even for him. ("Pennsylvania law targets legal voters.") Every state should require ID in order to vote. In my mind that means we should stop voting by mail except when people know ahead they want an absentee ballot and show ID in order to get a mail-in ballot. No survey or study will accurately tell how much voter fraud occurs.
Requiring ID to vote is a simple and obvious step to reduce that possibility. Mr. Robinson concludes that requiring ID will prevent many poor and ethnic people from voting. Not true, but it might discourage illegal immigrants from voting. Anybody can get a state ID card or passport even if they don't drive. Ideally we should show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote and then good ID when actually voting.
Dave Pitts
Mukilteo

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