No joke, vote fraud really is a problem

For years, the Republicans have been trying to get some sort of accountability into voter registration, including a picture ID to register, in order to reduce the amount of fraudulent voting.

The Democratic Party, on the other hand, has staunchly maintained that no such voter fraud exists, or could exist, and any sort of demand for identification to vote was merely an attempt to disenfranchise the poor and/or minorities.

How ironic it was to read the article on page A-3 in the Oct. 11 News-Gazette outlining the bipartisan effort going on in at least half of the states to examine and clean up their voter rolls.

This effort has turned up millions of voter registrations that are "irregular," including the dead, the illegal and the multiple-voter. One project in Kansas alone identified 5 millions of voter records in 22 states that were "questionable."

What's even more ironic is the fact that no mention of the findings of these assorted projects has heretofore found its way onto the radar screens of the average American even though the effort started in 2005. The point of all this is that it would be better to suspend the name-calling directed at Republicans who note discrepancies because they just might be right.

GUSTAV SCHUPMANN

Monticello

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