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The Constitution of the United States Bill of Rights includes such revered issues as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms.


Proposed laws that tend to control or limit such rights are greeted fervently. We Americans are known for defending our rights with vigor and loud voice.

In the upcoming election, there is a proposed amendment that would require photo I.D. to vote. Voting is at the heart of our democracy and ranks right along with those rights I mentioned. Should we not also vigilantly defend our voting rights as fervently as we do our other rights?

The proposed amendment will require photo I.D. from all voters. It would create another step in every citizen’s right to vote. That’s like making those gun laws tighter on those who legally possess guns. That’s like putting conditions on people who wish to speak up peaceably, whether at city council meetings, social clubs, or even “Tea Party” or “Occupy” demonstrations. That’s like controlling any aspect of our religious freedom. Those intent on ignoring the law will continue to ignore the law.

The proposed voter I.D. amendment aims to stop unqualified people from voting at the expense of the practices and rights of citizens who vote honestly.

Join me in voting no on the proposed voter I.D. amendment.

Charles Johnson


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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