Editorial Response: Marc Kotora - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Editorial Response: Marc Kotora

(WOIO) -

I am Marc Kotora, Vice President of Gallucci's.  

A bipartisan commission on federal election reform, led by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, concluded that our "electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter and detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters."  As a result, the Carter-Baker Commission recommended that states adopt a photo I.D. system…and why not?

Americans willingly provide photo I.D. in their daily living -- when boarding an airplane, cashing a check or even for purchasing decongestants.  So why wouldn't they be willing to show an I.D. when voting?

Opponents of voter I.D. laws try to equate the I.D. requirement with Jim Crow Laws or other forms of racism.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  These are laws that apply equally regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.  Supporters of voter I.D. laws do so to ensure that all the rights of all voters are protected.  And the only way to assure that we have fair, honest and transparent elections is to require that every voter present a valid identification.

Thank you.

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