Letter: Can honest people ever be heard?

Editor:

For years, we have heard and read about fraudulent voting, and we all would think that our Congress would address this issue. But when the Congress now overwhelmingly is entrenched with one party that overlooks hundreds and even thousands of people on the roles who have been dead for years, somehow casting votes, when can honest citizens ever have faith in our government, that the best person, man or woman be able to proclaim that we have the most honest elections in the free world.

Photos ID's are being challenged as an infringement on "our rights."

To argue that this is an unfair law, showing discrimination against minorities and folks who are referred to as "the poor," is a pretty lame excuse to have ineligible people help decide who will be the leader of our country.

Without laws that can force people to prove who they are before they vote, means the system is open to cheats, even to the extent that they can vote multiple times as occurred in New Mexico, Washington, Georgia and Alaska.

In 2005, a judge ruled that 1,678 illegal votes were not enough to make a difference in the 2004 election, won by Democrat Christine Gregoire by 129 votes. The Seattle Post reported at least eight dead people voted for Gregoire. In Alaska, where the population is 503,000 people, an uncanny 437,000 people are eligible to vote. In Georgia, 15,000 dead people are still on the rolls, and in Indiana, which brags of the "strictest" law in the nation, "tens of thousands of names continue to be on the rolls more than once. And after all this evidence, the ACLU and some politician say "We don't need photo IDs."

Can honest people ever be heard?

Paul Lidbeck

Clarkdale

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