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Marvin Frank, Grand Forks, Published March 23 2013

Letter: Voter ID proposal is un-American

I am very concerned that some North Dakota legislators are moving a bill that would require identification to vote. Our right to vote as American citizens is fundamental to the core of our democracy – the democracy I was proud to fight to preserve as a veteran in the Korean War. Why are some North Dakota legislators working to suppress our right to vote, rather than protecting our right?

North Dakota has a proud history of making sure that every resident could exercise his or her basic right to vote, and now we are reversing that for no reason. There is very little evidence that widespread voter fraud actually exists. We know this will cost the state money, and, most importantly, we know that this voter ID law will suppress the vote of our North Dakota seniors, young people, our poor, and our disabled.

As an American, as a lifelong resident of North Dakota, and as a veteran, I believe this legislation is unfair, unnecessary and un-American.