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Disagrees with Our View on voter registration

Published: February 22, 2017 12:00 AM

I don't agree with the "Our View" opinion from the Feb. 15 issue on supporting Rep Clyde's House Bill 14 proposal to automatically register someone to vote who obtains or renews a driver license.

As Ohio Secretary of State John Husted is quoted, that is would present a greater risk of voter fraud. I agree with him.

People who move here from other countries that have a green card to work or go to school here and are not citizens can easily obtain a Ohio driver's license. They can either surrender their country's driver's license if Ohio is reciprocity to that country or can simply obtain a learner's permit with a birth certificate and passport ID then proceed with process to obtain a driver's license. Most of the states are that way as well. A driver's license is a privilege and not a right. Voting is a right to be exercised when civil elections are held. Also, how does a citizen vote if their license is suspended for whatever reason? What do you do with people who don't drive as in the case of elderly people who had to surrender their license or the physically handicapped?

Although the current system has some cumbersome features it still minimizes the potential of voter fraud and for politicians who are just out to get easier votes.

Chas Lauria, Hudson


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