An Open Letter regarding the Voter ID Law

Dear Senator Bob Rucho:

I’m writing you today, as a fellow citizen and North Carolinian, to express my firm, moral opposition to the NC GOP proposal that would require voters to present a DMV-issued identification at the polls.  I am not a registered voter in your district (rather, I am registered to vote in Durham County, where I go to school), but, were the Voter ID law to pass, I would be compelled by circumstance to switch my registration back to Mecklenburg County, where my driver’s license was issued, and would then become a voter in your district.  If my pleas as a citizen and North Carolinian, then, do not reach your ears, I hope my entreaties as a potential future voter in your district will.

We live in a democratic nation, one that derives its moral authority from its representation of all people, not only the wealthy, not only the able-bodied, and, speak more specifically, not only the people with $10 to pay the Department of Motor Vehicles, a way to get to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the means to take time off work or discharge the other necessary obligations in order to make the DMV trip.

If you pass this legislation, who then will speak for the homeless?  Who then will speak for the disabled?  Who will speak for the elderly and who will speak for the college students?

Should having a Hamilton in your pocket be a prerequisite for political representation?

There is reason to be concerned with voter fraud, the reason being that voter fraud distorts political outcomes, and prevents the true voice of the people from being heard.  But this legislation would be a much bigger distortion of political outcomes and a much bigger obstacle to the true expression of the people’s voice than the very harm it is meant to prevent!

This piece of legislation would be a systematic oppression, exclusion, and taxation of already vulnerable groups, and to no clear end.


Elena Botella


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Published by Elena Botella

Elena Botella is a Duke Undergraduate in the Class of 2013, majoring in Economics and Math.

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