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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

As the law stands now when Alabamians show up at the polls to vote we do not need a picture ID to prove that we are who we say we are.  As a matter of fact, there is an exhaustive list of acceptable forms of ID other than a picture ID that one can currently use.

Such items as a social security card, a birth certificate, a copy of a current utility bill … just to name a few.  Starting in 2014, if all is approved, Alabama will require photo identification in order to vote.

This has created a number of firestorms nationally including a rather large partisan one between Democrats and Republicans.  Democrats fear that ID laws could suppress votes among people who may not typically have a driver's license and disproportionately affect the elderly, poor and minorities.   Republicans look at it as a way to eliminate voter fraud.  Both sides stand firmly on their positions.

Ponder this – you need a government photo ID to board an airplane, to write a check, to purchase alcohol, to drive a car but some think it's too much of an unnecessary burden on voters that will cause massive disenfranchisement.

Come on – I wish we could trust everyone to do the right thing but that's not the world we live in.  Bring your photo ID, verify yourself, cast your vote legitimately and let's move on.

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