Floren: Why is photo identification considered voter suppression? I just don’t get it!

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 11.07.33 PMSubmitted by Livvy Floren, Sept 13, 2016

Why is photo identification considered voter suppression?  I just don’t get it!

As a card carrying “goo goo” (good government type) who has spent her entire legislative life encouraging voter participation (12 years as a member of the Government Administration & Elections Committee with 4 years as its Ranking Member), I have served on every single Task Force crafting legislation on contracting reform, ethics reform, voting technology reform, Freedom of Information reform, and campaign finance reform.

And, I have listened, with an open mind and heart, for hours – probably days and weeks – to compelling testimony for and against requiring voter photo identification.

Voting is the bedrock freedom of our democracy, and its security should be protected.  We need to present a photo id to board an airplane, register at a hotel, cash a check at our own bank, enter a government building or courthouse, and even obtain a senior citizen discount at a movie.

My proposal is that cities and towns would issue a photo identification card (not tied to a driver’s license) without charge to the requestor, and with costs assumed by the Citizens Election Program fund.  There is absolutely no hardship involved, and I think the sanctity of each citizen’s vote would be ensured.  To me, that is the ultimate voting right.

Please join the conversation by attending a forum on the “Election Matters: The State of Voting in 2016” – at 7 p.m. on September 20 at the Greenwich Library. The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Greenwich Democratic and Republican Town Committees, and the Greenwich Library.

Rep. Livvy Floren
149th District Greenwich and Stamford