In Sen. Paul Utke's recent column, he tries to make the case for voter I.D.
He stated that the “distrust in the system further proves that there is a deep-seated lack of faith in our voting systems.” But this “distrust” the senator cites is entirely due to the false accusations coming from Trump Republicans.
After the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the campaign for Trump and others filed and lost at least 86 lawsuits contesting election processes, vote counting and the vote certification process in multiple states.
Among the judges who dismissed the aforementioned lawsuits were judges appointed by Trump himself. Nearly all the suits were dismissed or dropped due to lack of evidence. Judges, lawyers and other observers described the suits as “frivolous” and “without merit.”
Regardless, the “big lie” continues.
That being said, I would support voter I.D. if, in fact, it creates a voter identification card that would be available free of charge to individuals lacking proper identification, and the state provides clear instructions and assistance in obtaining such I.D.
Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. We must do everything to ensure the act of voting is as easy as possible, no one is disenfranchised and there is no hint of voter suppression.