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I'm nonplussed! Ron Apter ["Voter ID folks do a good job at proving my point," Feb. 18] thinks little of handing over a photo ID to qualify for a bottle of booze--but balks at the same requirement to cast a vote? Hmmmm? As we've all experienced, photo ID requirements have not existed just for "carding." Banks, doctors, merchants accepting checks, building guards, and others require specific IDs.
Do traffic police pull you over and ask you for "your ID or your gas bill?" Why should we? Apter wants to shorten the voting lines? IDs that replace unacceptable papers will keep our officers from being pulled off their stations to supervise the attendant paperwork for provisional ballots.
To their credit, voters showed patience and persistence in light of long waits in the last election. They could do no more than that to emphasize the importance of their vote. To permit any fraudulent vote to cancel out even one legitimate vote is to render their efforts for naught.
If Apter is convinced that no voter fraud exists in Virginia, then suffice to say, the public will be best served by keeping it that way--with IDs that make sense.
Alan Branfman is vice-chairman of the Spotsylvania Electoral Board.