Improve elections with national voter standards

March 21, 2014 

Once again the public is treated to a one-dimension view on voter rights, in the Herald's March 13 editorial, "Again, Florida trying to restrict voter rights."

Part of the article's argument centers on the reduction of locations to drop off completed absentee ballots. I guess most of us have never heard of a "postage stamp."

Significant savings can be made by reasonably reducing voting sites, but according to some this causes an undue hardship on poor and elderly voters. Not a word is mentioned that free transportation is available to and from voting polls.

Simply being poor doesn't equate to lack of mobility.

The editorial attacks Gov. Scott's 2012 attempt to purge voter rolls. It doesn't mention that he had to use motor vehicle records because the administration's Department of Home Security stonewalled his request to use their accurate records and further threatened to sue if (DMV) records were used.

So who is impeding whom here?

If there were patriots instead of partisans in government, we would not have this problem because uniform voter identification laws would be a reality.

I guess that solving problems in a way that benefits the country and its citizens is too much to ask.

Many polls have been taken regarding citizen dismay with the electoral system. In 2013 a Rasmussen poll reported that only 39 percent believed that elections are fair. A Gallup poll found that 53 percent thought elections to be unfair.

In 2012 the Pew Research Center found that approximately 2.75 million people are active registrants in more than one state.

Moreover, it found that 24 million (one in every eight) are no longer valid or significantly inaccurate. More than 1.8 million deceased are listed as active voters. Non-citizen voter fraud, who knows?

Patrick Neylan


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