Letter: Some voters may lose right to vote

Let’s say you are a committed voter who has studied the issues and strongly supports a certain candidate. Shortly before the election you check to be sure that your Voter ID is in your wallet. Then you lose your wallet and your voter ID. You go to the polls anyway. Your voter registration is up to date, but now you have no ID.

You could get a qualified voter with an ID to vouch for you, but you have no one who knows you well enough to risk a stiff fine and jail time to vouch for you. You will be offered a provisional ballot. Good idea if, within 36 hours, you can find your ID and take it to the auditor’s office during regular office hours. Can’t get off work to do that? Then you have not only lost your wallet, you have lost your vote.

Years of experience and data show that voter impersonation is virtually nonexistent, no impersonator is even remotely likely to steal your vote, but the voter ID law guarantees that in this situation, you will lose your vote.

The next morning, you find your wallet and head for work. You have your lost wallet back, but you can never get your lost vote back; the voter ID law makes certain of that.

By the way, be sure that you don’t let your driver’s license expire. If you do, your right to vote is likely to “expire” with it.

Myrna Loehrlein

Cedar Rapids

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