Elsewhere, the Tribune is reporting on County Clerk Donna Zimmerman’s continuing effort to acquaint Barton County voters with the need to have a photo ID at the polls this year.
It’s just like what is required if you want to write a check in most businesses today.
And a recent Associated Press study found that voter registration in the nation is not nearly as accurate as those who are opposed to ID requirements might suggest.
“Some 24 million voter registrations in the United States contain significant errors, including about 1.8 million dead people still on the rolls and many more approved to vote in multiple states, according to a report released Tuesday.
“Even though the inaccuracies impact one in eight registrations, researches at the Pew Center on the States said they don’t see it as an indicator of widespread fraud. Rather, they believe outdated systems are failing to keep pace with the most basic changes in people’s lives, feeding perceptions that U.S. elections are not as airtight as they could be.
“In conjunction with Pew’s report, eight states said they are working this year on a centralized data system to help identify people whose registrations may be out of date.
“‘A lot of people probably assume we do this already,’ said Sam Reed, who oversees elections as Washington’s secretary of state. “I think it’s going to bring more trust and confidence in the election system.”
“About 2.7 million people have active registrations in multiple states, including about 2,000 people registered in four or more states, according to the Pew report. Elections officials said it is difficult to track when someone has moved to another state without canceling their previous registration.
“Some 1.8 million deceased people are still listed as active voters, according to the study, which is based on a computer analysis of a proprietary voter database used by Democrats.”
Man — 1.8 million dead voters.
And they probably cast votes at least three or four times every election in Cook County, Illinois.
Most of us don’t want to see a federal identification process, but at the same time, most of us have a legitimate photo ID that we can show at the polls without a great deal of effort.
It’s a good idea for us to be accurate about who is legally voting, and that the process is being carried out with as much accuracy as possible — fraud or no fraud.
— Chuck Smith