To the editor:
My mom was born when women received the right to vote. The current voter ID amendment, if passed, will create barriers that will successfully take that right away from her. She has had no need for a photo ID for the past 10 years. The effort and cost to get one is something many elderly people will not attempt. For 70 some years, my mom made the decision to vote or not. With the passage of voter ID, the government can now refuse her that right. Amendments were offered to exempt people in nursing and veteran's homes. Voter fraud is not an issue in these sites, so why these exemptions were denied is a puzzle, unless the intent is to suppress the rights of the elderly to vote.
This bill needs much more work, including how much this will cost and will these dollars come from Human Services budgets, once again targeting our elderly. Vote no on the photo ID.
Lee Ann Erickson
Arc Southwest program director