To the editor:
I voted provisionally on April 2. I learned from the officious woman protecting us from voter fraud that I couldn’t vote without an ID, even if the volunteers at the table knew me.
Until this election, I’d never had an unpleasant experience at the polls. So when a caller from the courthouse told me I had to bring my ID so my provisional ballot could be counted, I bristled again for the loss of reasonableness at the polls.
Hadn’t the courthouse checked my information and signature against my original registration? No, I had to appear in person, otherwise how would anyone know who I was?
Well, the volunteer I had Easter dinner with and the other who greets me at church knew me. However, in a college town, with many fake IDs, someone who never met me would look at a piece of plastic and deem my vote free of fraud.
I know Kris Kobach helped Arizona write laws to protect citizens from illegal immigrants. I also know that Arizona citizens who give food or water to illegals can be jailed and fined, because death from thirst or starvation deters illegals.
I’ve heard Kobach tell a group of students during his congressional campaign that gays should not be allowed to raise children, and, if he were elected, children in gay homes would be protected and removed.
When Kobach tells us that we must protect ourselves from voter fraud by insisting people known to their neighbors cannot vote without an ID, I’m left wondering who is perpetrating a fraud on democracy?