Escondido, CA


Editor, Times-Advocate:

Reading over your commentary on Voting Rights and Voter Fraud, I think you missed an important point, and that’s how many there would be on either end of this equation-people voting illegally vs. people not able to vote because they do not own a picture ID.

First, the illegal votes. In the year since President Trump declared that millions voted illegally (this to explain why he lost the popular vote, seemingly) I have heard and read interviews with many Registrars of Voters, as well as reading  multiple poll results of all Registrars nationwide, and the consensus seems to be that while there is the occasional fraudulent voter, it is not enough of a problem to effect the majority of elections. There might be one or two per precinct. I have not heard of more than that, and I would say that the President’s accusations have assured much publicity on this topic over the past year. If there was any evidence of large scale fraud, we’d all know about it by now.

On the other hand, history has shown us that when a Photo ID is required at the polls, many hundreds (depending more on the income level in a particular district than anything else) will be unable to cast their legal ballots. And this IS enough to change the results of many elections. Luckily, the Courts have agreed with this, which is how and why those Picture ID laws have generally been tossed out.

So I will suggest that things stay the way they are-letting two illegal votes be cast in each district is a small price to pay to make sure that the majority of voters actually get to vote.

EARL BROWN, Escondido


*Note this was NOT submitted by local Real Estate Agent/Realtor Earl Brown

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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