Voter ID: 3 views

Becoming a U.S. citizen is not a difficult process. Only citizens with proof of their citizenship consisting of the voter registration, a valid ID or valid driver’s license should be allowed to vote in U.S. elections.

You and I are not allowed to vote in any country we visit. How is this process difficult for any serious voter to understand? The debate about voter ID is ridiculous. Anyone should be able to obtain a valid driver’s license or valid ID in their home state with all the opportunities available to do so, including taking the driver’s exam by video or tape or through a language exam. At the driver’s license office, a citizen is able to register to vote as well. Announcements are made for the voter registration deadline prior to elections if a citizen is serious about voting.

Citizens can vote in elections with all the means available including absentee voting, early voting or even having someone drive the voter to the polling location where an election judge can come to the vehicle to assist in casting a ballot.

Cecilia Kuklies, West

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My mother went to get an ID from the Texas Department of Public Safety. She had a driver’s license for more than 60 years at the same address. We went to get an ID because she was giving up her driver’s license and needed some form of ID.

Our reception? They treated my mother like she was a nobody and demanded three bills and other materials going to her current address, which, of course, was the same as it has been for over 60 years. Plus they wanted a picture ID. At least they took her driver’s license for this.

Someone please explain why they could not just take her driver’s license, still current and valid at the time, and give her an ID. When you renew a driver’s license, all you have to do is fill out the form and take an eye test. Why make it so hard for someone who has had a driver’s license at the same address for more than 60 years? I just wonder what people do if they don’t own their home or have any bills or mailings in their name.

I also got an ID card from the DPS and had to go through the same hassle. Since then, our leaders in Austin decided to make it illegal to have an ID and driver’s license at the same time. Mom was just getting an ID because she was not renewing her license!

Allen Lyman, Waco

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I read about the courts rejecting voter ID laws as a means of keeping certain people from voting. Going by that logic, if you go to the bank, grocery store, department store, etc., to pay with a check or to cash a personal check, then you should not be asked to show a picture ID even if the business doesn’t know you.

When a person goes to vote in an election, voting personnel need to know if this person is who he or she says he or she is. They must show a picture ID to prevent voter fraud. There are places that offer free photo IDs, so there is no excuse not to have one.

J. Woychesin, Bremond