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Edler, Fisher wrong on voter ID

April 24, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Letter to the Editor:

Senator Edier closes a column by assuring Iowans that he voted to protect "voter integrity." Translated this means he voted to make it harder for Iowans to vote by requiring voters to get a state-issued voter ID, Edler and Representative Fisher know full well that voter fraud in Iowa is a myth. Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz ran on the promise to prove the existence of voter fraud, and he took on that task with gusto. After spending hundreds of thousand of dollars, he found an actual number of ten cases of fraud or 000006 of one percent of the nearly 1,600,000 votes cast. In short, his investigation proved he was wrong. In the last 5 years there were 24 cases or .0000032 of votes cast. Secretary of State Pate has found 3 cases.

The idea of voter fraud in Iowa is a myth. However, voter suppression is alive and well. This bill shortens the number of voting days. That has nothing to do with mythical voter fraud, but a lot to do with voter suppression. The bill will not let us vote a straight ticket. These legislators have absolutely no business in the voting booth with us even though this arrogance leads them to believe they know better than we how we should vote. To add to the mix, this is an unfunded mandate, so we now not only have an unnecessary hurdle to our Constitutional right to vote, but also we have to PAY for it. One county estimated a cost of $300,000.

Voter fraud is a Koch brothers' invention. It is part of their two-pronged attack to control our government and thus our country. First, buy politicians by giving dark money to their campaign so these legislators will support the Koch agenda. Next control who will be able to vote. It is sad that our legislators are Koch brother - controlled. There is something very wrong with a party that cannot stand on its beliefs but has to resort to voter suppression to win. Hopefully, Iowans will remember this in the next election provided that they have jumped the hurdles and really CAN vote.

Anne Michael




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