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Letter: Fraud disenfranchizes legitimate voters


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Robert Petry

Columbus

Received: Nov. 16

The election is over, and I am both sad and disappointed. Not by the outcome; elections come and go and candidates I favor win and lose. Rather I am saddened by the fact that I must now acknowledge that my country’s electoral process has been corrupted. Samples include: multiple sites in several states with well over 100 percent of registered voters voting, felons being given the right to vote in Minnesota, trunkloads of absentee ballots “found” during recount elections, and the list goes on with each side charging the other with voter fraud.

Everyone agrees we must take all reasonable measures to prevent any legitimate voter from being disenfranchised. By the same token it has to be acknowledged that the vote of an illegitimate voter “cancels out” the opposing vote of a legitimate voter who then in effect becomes disenfranchised. Voter disenfranchisement is wrong no matter how it is achieved.

There is no reason the most advanced country in the world cannot ensure that its elections are fair and valid. A reasonable solution has been advanced by others for everyone to have a photo ID with a magnetic strip (as with a credit card) that when swiped would be fed into a central computer (again, similar to a credit card) that would not permit reuse during that election. The card could be obtained at any BMV or Post Office. Encourage volunteers that traditionally bus voters to the polling booths on Election Day to bus the same people to either of these sites to secure their valid ID card.

This is not a partisan issue. Both sides know how to manipulate the system. The importance of fair and valid elections that can be verified cannot be overstated. Our system of elected representation cannot endure without voter confidence in the process. I encourage all citizens to contact their congressman and senators and urge them to address this important issue.

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