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Disenfranchising voters

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Dear Editor:I am a registered voter. For the Aug. 10 election, when I showed up at my polling place without photo identification, I was refused a ballot. Election officials said they could issue me a provisional ballot but there was no guarantee that my vote would be counted, and in fact it probably wouldn’t be counted. I walked out without casting my vote.The Help America Vote Act of 2002 only requires that voters who have registered by mail, e-mail, or Web site present identification when voting for the first time. In 2003, Colorado’s state Legislature passed SB-102, which requires every voter to show a valid state photo ID every time they vote. This law disenfranchises voters, especially the poor and elderly who are less likely to have a state-issued ID or the money to pay for one. College students are also disenfranchised because SB-102 requires that the ID must show a local address, making out-of-state students ineligible to vote.The photo ID requirement is unconstitutional and in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Please contact your state legislator and your election officials to protest the photo ID requirement to vote.Peggy TibbettsSilt

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