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LETTER: Forum edit shows shameful disregard for voting rights

The Forum's recent editorial--which the Herald printed under its "Their Opinion" label--regarding voter ID and students was a great disappointment ("North Dakota voting could not be easier," Page A4, March 14).

The Forum's recent editorial-which the Herald printed under its "Their Opinion" label-regarding voter ID and students was a great disappointment (" North Dakota voting could not be easier ," Page A4, March 14).

The editorial's cruel and dismissive tone was unprofessional. Honest disagreements on policy and policy implementation are valuable. Unfortunately, the Forum's editorial was not an honest discussion. It was insulting.

There are valid concerns with Voter ID. Students took the time to discuss these concerns, as have many other populations. In rural communities, access to the Department of Transportation is limited and can be a significant hurdle for non-drivers such as the elderly, who need an ID for voting purposes. Plus, students move frequently.

The running line is that you can update your address online through the DOT, but that system has failed. The DOT does not even have the capability to verify addresses, which was the whole purpose of having IDs at the polls in the first place.

People follow the rules and still get turned away because the system is not tracking appropriately.

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The interim legislative committee studying the problem has exposed many concerns about the voter ID process. The Forum would be wise to look into that before calling people names. Students are not "poor babies." They are citizens who are being denied their constitutional right to vote.

Rachel Hoffman

Fargo

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