New ID law will hurt elderly voters

Published 7:44 pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012

To the editor:

After all the many hardships our ancestors endured to earn the right to vote, how is it that new regulations are on the horizon to make that democratic right harder to obtain? How will these new regulations be administered?

I am not sure about this. It seems that we have been following along pretty well, but someone did not like the way we voted and decided to change the rules. This is not fair. The American people should not be penalized because someone did not like the outcome. This is a democracy, and the majority rules, so live with it.

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Presently, when you go to the DMV to get your license renewed, they ask if you are a registered voter, and if not you can sign up right there on the spot — sort of like a one-stop-shop. Having older people do more than what they are used to doing will deter them from getting it done, causing them to lose out on one of the most fulfilling opportunities that they can have.

Each year, the Democratic and Republican parties have their volunteers and others rally together for the get-out-the-vote campaign, even to the point that they bombard colleges and universities to get new voters registered.

What about the rest of us, who have voted for years? Will we be given information on the new voter identification laws and about our voting rights?

The November election is rapidly approaching, and I have yet to find out how this will work. Will there be new polling locations and information highly publicized on what to do way before the election, so people will have plenty of time to get the correct documents needed?

I don’t think so. But maybe that is the plan.

Paulette Johnson
Suffolk