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Letter: Keeping a citizen from polls appalling

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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2012 11:09 am

I am appalled that my mother who is 88 years old, born in New England and recently moved to Arizona, has been denied registration to vote. She went to the motor vehicle office with her Florida voter registration, Florida state issued picture ID (she is blind and does not drive) and social security card. She was denied and told she must produce a birth certificate, which she does not have.

Thirty-two states besides Arizona have passed proof-of-citizenship laws ostensibly to prevent voter fraud. Such laws are a fix for a non-existent problem. More importantly, 32 of these laws were passed in states with Republican-controlled legislatures and signed by Republican governors.

These laws disenfranchise about 10 million voters, primarily elderly and poor, who are the most unlikely to be able to produce the necessary proof because they are perceived as being less likely to vote Republican.

They are immoral and blatant attempts to manipulate elections. The courts have been striking down some of these laws but probably not quick enough to prevent them from affecting the November election. For shame, Republicans!

Stephen Sapareto

Apache Junction

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