05 Sep 2012

Voter IDs Will Protect the Elderly Vote

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Despite the fact that voting is one of the only times every American citizen is seen as equal regardless of race, sex, status or income, many elderly U.S. citizens feel that new voter ID laws will be taking this privilege away from them and silencing their voices.

Many states have now put new voter ID laws into affect which can potentially lead to many of Americans not being able to vote. Elderly people who do not possess a driver’s license because they are disabled or do not have access to their birth certificate or Social Security card to obtain a new ID may not be able to vote.

But these laws will not silence elderly Americans’ voting choices. They will actually help to protect them.

Many people fail to realize that these new stricter voter ID laws are designed to prevent fraud and to result in a more precise voting total.

During many past elections, voting fraud has resulted in bogus voting results and has changed the outcome of the votes. Most of these frauds occurred on absentee ballots. An example of this is Democrat William Stinson, who was awarded the Philadelphia area seat to Republican Bruce Marks. Judge Clarence Newcomer ruled that Stinson won the election based on fraudulent voting results.

The new voter ID laws will require that people requesting an absentee ballot ID must list the number of their driver’s license, if they have one, or the last four digits of their Social Security number to prove who they are.

Election officials will enter these numbers into a database to verify the voter’s identity before mailing the absentee ballots to the applicants.

Other rules apply to the new voter ID laws that will help the elderly prove their identity. Voters can also present passports, current identification cards issued by the military, local or state governments, retirement homes and colleges.

Furthermore, there are many different state departments, such as the Department of Health and Department of Transportation, that will work closely with the elderly to help them obtain the proper forms of ID to vote.

These new voter ID laws are not being put in place to prohibit people from voting; they are being put in place to help protect voters. Everybody wants their voice to be heard and these new laws are making sure that the voices are heard fairly.

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