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Maris Stella Korb, Fargo, Published April 05 2013

Letter: ND House bill suppresses vote

Because people convey their wishes to government primarily when they vote, it is important to keep balloting procedures as simple, accessible and convenient as possible. One would assume that lawmakers would be eager to simplify the process so that more individuals would vote.

House Bill 1332, however, does the reverse. It makes things more difficult for at least some residents. In fact, some may be so frustrated – especially with the newly introduced “nondriver identification card” – that they choose not to vote at all.

Hopefully that was not the intent of those who remodeled the original process, but for some college students, elderly people, new citizens, folks who recently moved to North Dakota, and the homeless, the perception may be just that.

If those who favor this bill do so for fear of voter fraud, please remember that the last time anyone was found guilty of voter fraud in North Dakota, was in 2005 when someone voted twice in the same election.