Other countries have photo ID

Published 8:56 am Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Photo ID is a normal, acceptable daily admittance for business and employees within. School teachers and staff wear photo ID along with Mayo Clinic Health System employees. City hall, library and county employees wear an ID. Minnesota State University students and staff all have photo IDs.

Photo ID is a must for Democratic or Republican rallies. Selling scrap copper, obtaining welfare, free cellphones, Minnesota Care, buying liquor, buying cigarettes, cashing a check at some of the banks, re-entering the U.S. from Canada and getting a CD at a bank all require an ID. Mexico voter IDs are a part of their culture and have been in use for more than 20 years and are renewed every 10 years. Mexico believes it strengthens democracy and costs nothing to obtain. National ID cards are in France, Poland, Singapore and Brazil, to name a few.

The other side has use to believe it’s going to cost a lot to change over to voter ID. Where’s the expense? Seems to me you look at the person, look at the ID — if they match, they vote (mark it down next to their name). If it doesn’t match, they don’t vote.

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Minnesota’s last election had more than 2,000 provisional ballots with cards returned with no such person or address. More than 200 felons voted. Eight-seven county attorneys do not have time to prosecute them. Shoplifting does occur even with cameras and loss prevention workers.

Voter fraud does exist. Show me your photo ID. Trust, verify and smile for voter integrity.


Carolyn Westrum

Albert Lea