The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


March 20, 2013

Voter ID causing great flap

TARBORO — There seems to be some controversy about whether someone going to the polls to vote should be required to show a photo voter ID or not? My opinion is “Darn right they should.” Voting is a right and a privilege; in fact I think it’s a duty. However, one should be qualified to vote and not vote multiply times.

Some say, there’s no problem, but that’s just their opinion, or wishful thinking. I remember seeing a woman on TV who admitted that she had voted twice and didn’t see anything wrong with it. On another occasion several college students tested the system and managed to vote seven times. Some creative college students can accomplish a lot, as can some clever criminals. And yes I believe someone who votes illegally has committed a crime.

I know of a number of times, almost weekly, when I’m called on to show a photo ID, and I have no problem with it. At this time 15 states require a photo ID, and N.C. is moving in that direction. Some states require the voter to sign a Personal Identification Affidavit. If someone signs a false affidavit they can be in real

trouble. But, what about those who don’t have a photo ID? In most states one will be provided for the

voter at no cost to them, and that’s what is proposed in North Carolina. Keesha Gaskins, senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice, a New York think tank, that has opposed voter ID laws says, “There is no evidence of coordinated or systemic voter fraud anywhere in the country.” Of course she hasn’t looked for

any evidence.

It is also claimed, by those who don’t want voter photo IDs, that if a photo ID were required it would discourage voters from going to the polls to vote. I don’t see how

it would if they’re legal and have a proper ID. This is supported by the tougher ID laws in Indiana

and Georgia. There was no decline of voting in these states when voter photo IDs was required. In fact voter participation increased, including more minorities going to the polls and voting.

In Georgia and Indiana, the African-American has actually continued to vote stronger than

the national average since the passage of voter ID laws in 2005 and 2006. Actually, since Georgia

passed a voter photo ID the number of African-Americans voting in presidential elections increased

from 834,000 in 2004 to 1.2 million in 2008.

The state of Georgia is about the same size as North Carolina and they have provided almost

30,000 free voter photo ID cards since 2006, according to the secretary of state’s office. And yet,

the anti-voter photo ID advocates claimed that hundreds of thousands of North Carolina voters could be disenfranchised if a photo ID bill is passed.

Back many years ago most precinct workers knew most of the voters when they came to the polls to vote. This is no longer true. Population growth and population movement has changed all this. Also the use of one-stop voting sites has increased the need for voter security.

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    September 26, 2013


    To the Editor:
    Sheriff Knight’s “guys” may have worked hard on the case concerning Melvin Ray Fox, but did they really? Probably not for the sheriff, but for someone else behind the scenes. Not condoning Mr. Fox for his crime, because he should be punished, but not necessarily in the manner of leaving behind his wife as well as his 3-, 5- 7- and 13-year-old children.

    September 10, 2013


    Concerning the Tarboro High 2013 Vikings football team: They have heart and desire. That was shown Friday night versus Washington. Just like last year’s state championship game, we got behind against a very good team. The Vikings didn’t quit even though they had several injuries throughout the game.  Right up to the last minute we had a chance  but, things didn’t go our way.

    September 5, 2013


    To the Editor:
    It appears Mr. (Garland) Shepheard is shaking up things in our fair city according to a recent Daily Southerner article. Hurrah for him. This citizen, for one, believes the status quo needs a little shake up.
    I don’t know if Mr. Shepheard is disrespectful with his words and/or
    actions at council meetings or not. I don’t attend them any longer. It isn’t that I don’t care that some residents may suggest.

    September 4, 2013


    To the Editor:
    Having just recently read the front page article in The Daily Southerner regarding Councilman Shepheard’s issues with the Tarboro town manager, I was left with more questions than answers.
    The article states that  Mr. Shepheard’s reasons for not voting in favor of extending the town manager’s contract had to do with “deplorable conditions of three town facilities, Thornton’s hiring practices and giving the council what he said was false information.” That’s it.  That’s all the information we were given.

    September 2, 2013


    To the Editor:
    So who are you Mr. Allen Dennie Jr.? I have never heard of you. I have tried to find your voter registration on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website and I can't find it.
    Somebody said that you have an impressive resume. I say and ?
    But what I find interesting is the following. Mr. Dennie the current Sheriff is the following: "The sheriff of any county should be a person who has a personal interest in the citizens that work live and visit their county,"

    August 18, 2013


    To the Editor:
    I am glad that opinions are being expressed regarding my actions at the Town Council meetings,  both by Mr. Walker and Mr. Wooten.
    It is my intention to expose the concerns expressed to me by the taxpayers of Tarboro, and when I find something that causes Tarboro not to be the Town we can all be proud of, I will speak up. I was told by people in Ward 8 when I ran for this office not to be like the rest of the Council and I expressed that to the members. The problems that exist in Tarboro should not have to be aired in public or at the Town Council Meetings and there should not be any discord.

    August 18, 2013


    To the Editor:
    I am writing out of concern about disc golf. We as a town need to consider projects that have been given to (parks and recreation director) Cheryl Gay before this disc golf came along — like a walking trail at Clark Park, repairing the bathrooms, making sure the playground equipment is up-to-date and finding out what happen to the lights on the baseball field before we find money for disc golf. The town needs to consider what we been discussing in these last couple of meetings about recreation. I would love to see the Clark Park baseball field turned into a kickball field, which is a sport that everybody knows how to play, before you consider disc golf.
    Greg Higgs,

    August 15, 2013


    To the Editor:
    Monday night at the Town Council meeting (Aug. 12, 2013), I witnessed some the most disruptive,vitriolic and asinine behavior that I’ve ever seen, in the person of (Ward 8) councilman Garland Shepheard.  For several months, his behavior has grown progressively worse and it seems to embolden him to waste my time, the time of the other council members and the time of other citizens who care enough about Tarboro to attend council meetings.

    August 15, 2013

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