Lariat Letter: Voter ID editorial misses the point

By Bill Matthews

The lengthy editorial in the Wednesday Lariat was a torrent of words unleashed to defend the use of voter ID in Texas.

It even included a listing of several things in our society that do, indeed, require such ID However, the right to vote is just that — a right, not some incidental privilege.

The reason voter ID was passed has nothing to do with the pseudo-problem of voter fraud in Texas.

Let us be honest. The unstated but actual reason the law was presented and passed is the hope that it will make it sufficiently more difficult for many of the poorer, older, and/or ethnic citizens so as to prevent them from using their right to vote.

Bill Matthews
Post-Baccalaureate student