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Letters to the Editor
Thursday, February 9, 2012 • Posted February 9, 2012

Dear Editor,

Our politicians, in their infinite wisdom, decided they had to help the Texas citizens combat all “that voters’ fraud that was going on in this State. Hence, we now have the Voters’ Right bill. As is so true with so many government laws, it is like a scorpion: a sharp sting at the end.

After some investigation, and a few E-mails to Austin, it appears that the people who are intent on ‘being illegal” can continue to do so. Here is how the system works. Anyone can register to vote WITHOUT a photo. They can request an absentee ballot (just like all the people in Florida) and then vote WITHOUT a photo.

Meanwhile, the honest citizens, who never intended to cheat on their ballots, come to the polls with a picture. But mind you. If they should have rushed to the polls with a friend, and forgot to bring their driver’s license, they cannot VOTE. The poll workers have been sworn to uphold the law. So, sadly, we have to tell them, “We are sorry. You cannot vote without a photo. Of course, if you choose, you can do a provisional vote, that seldom counts. Or, you can come back to the polls before we close.”

Why is it that government laws seem to always punish the multitude of honest citizens while trying to keep a small percentage of cheats from doing their thing? Kind of like the Patriotic Act. Citizens are going thru torment at the airports because the government is trying to catch a few terrorists.

Adrian Guinn

Horseshoe Bay

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