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News exaggerates difficulty of voter ID

In the Sept. 6 Telegram, there is a front page article credited to Emily L. Mahoney, News21. It is a lengthy article but I just want to point out the exaggerations that seem to continually be associated with this subject. Mahoney refers to a pers...

In the Sept. 6 Telegram, there is a front page article credited to Emily L. Mahoney, News21.

It is a lengthy article but I just want to point out the exaggerations that seem to continually be associated with this subject. Mahoney refers to a person who returned to Wisconsin after a four-year absence who said he was stunned by the "ton" of new requirements to register and vote - whatever a "ton" of requirements means.

In a convenience store the other day, I noticed a young fellow purchasing a 12-pack of beer. He showed his ID, paid for the beer and left. Gee, he could have just voted.

An ID acceptable for voting in Wisconsin is available free from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

We are a representative republic and our elected representatives instituted voter ID laws to protect voting integrity. However, in many states, the courts are legislating from the bench in an attempt to counteract the laws that the people's representatives instituted.

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I realize that many people will say there is an insignificant amount of voter fraud while other reports will indicate that voter fraud is rampant in certain areas. It is beyond the scope of my knowledge and time to address this. I will just say that with varying agendas and the bias that is rampant in news reporting that it is very difficult to ascertain facts - opinions yes, but facts - well, they can be somewhat elusive.

My opinion is that we should err on the side of caution, ensure the integrity of our voting and continue to make proper ID available at no cost.

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