Photo Identification in 2013

By Kelly Gaskins

August 24, 2013

Dear Editor,

North Carolina has passed a new law which in part requires a voter to show a photo identification before receiving a ballot at the polls.

At the polls, I always show my driver’s license so clerks will know how to spell my name. The picture is so ugly I’m not sure they could identify me by sight using it.

There has been quite an uproar over photo ID.

It is alleged to be part of an effort to disenfranchise voters who have no photo ID.

This is 2013 folks.

If I use a check in most honorable establishments, clerks should ask for a photo ID. The same applies if I was to use a credit card. I found out recently that medical establishments now ask for a photo ID along with medical insurance cards.

Banks sometimes issue photo ID to customers.

If a voter is not fortunate enough to have a driver’s license, a bank ID card, or a photo credit card, then they must be getting some form of public assistance.

Besides NCDMV offices issuing free ID cards, anyone on public assistance of any kind should be required to have a photo ID, if that is not already the fact.

Even without the new law, in today’s world everyone needs a photo ID.

What do you expect law enforcement to do when someone can’t produce a photo ID? It would also assist emergency personnel.

Despite claims to the contrary about discrimination, having a photo ID just makes common sense now and in the future. Get used to it.

Tom MacCallum