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Letters: The GOP's phantom menace

October 10, 2012

Re "New voter ID laws blocked — for now," Oct. 8

This article substitutes he said/she said stenography — Republicans say photo ID laws prevent fraud, while opponents say they entail voter suppression — for objective journalism.

In-person impersonation — the only type of fraud that can be prevented by polling-place ID requirements — is a phantom menace. The GOP — with one party member boasting in Pennsylvania that the law there would deliver the state to Mitt Romney — has been unable to point to a single case of in-person voter fraud ever occurring.

Evidence presented in multiple cases supports the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's conclusion that polling place photo ID restrictions disproportionately burden "the most vulnerable segments of society" — minorities, the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

Ernest A. Canning

Thousand Oaks

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