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Tom Ricker, Englevale, N.D., Published April 13 2013

Letter: ND elections work very well

Every election season, you’ll read at least one article in local or national media that points out North Dakota is the only state in the union that doesn’t require voter registration. Should we be ashamed of that?

Of course not. North Dakota is a state of pioneers, and I think we take a lot of pride in that spirit. We do things differently here. We do things better.

Our voting system works. Period. Our election volunteers, local precincts, secretary of state’s office and everyone involved in the system make it easy and accessible for every North Dakota resident to exercise their right to vote.

The system works. So why are we trying to change it?

House Bill 1332 would remove that sense of accessibility from our voting system. It requires all voters in the state of North Dakota to possess an identification card in order to vote. And why? Is there a problem going on that I’m not aware of? And at a cost of $250,000 to taxpayers.

I’m a North Dakotan, and I’m proud of that. I’m proud of how our state conducts its business – efficiently and effectively. So, if we’re going to change some part of how we operate, it had better be for a good reason and to fix a pressing problem.

The supporters of HB 1332 have not presented any evidence or provided any good reason for why we should change a system that already works.

Please contact your senators and tell them to vote “no” on HB 1332.