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Are voter registration cards obsolete?

Nov. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I voted yesterday, and I was amazed at the quick request to only ask for my photo identification, and without any request for my voter registration certificate (yellow and white postcard). So I wonder, why do I need a voter registration certificate when the election worker already has my name in the voter registration list, and they aren't asking for anything else?

For the people who have a strong opinion about presenting proper identification, I also have to wonder why you aren't strongly demanding voters to also present their voter registration card, as it seems to only make sense, if one is adamant about full and proper identification.

Otherwise, let's get rid of the voter registration card - especially since election workers don't ask for it now.

How many thousands of tax dollars would be saved from the cost of mailing the cards, printing the cards, paying for employees to design and validate the cards, etc.? Additionally, if you want to further save time and tax dollars, just simply allow anyone 18 years and older with a valid Texas driver's license or valid U.S. photo ID to vote.

After all, when we renew our driver's license, we are already being asked whether we would like to register to vote. Again, how many additional tax dollars could be saved with such a simple process, and how many additional people could we register to vote?

Which brings me back to my original point. What is now the purpose of the voter registration card?

George Matthews, thanks in advance for your comments.

Bret Baldwin, Victoria

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