Sent: 1/28/2011 9:28:26 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: RE: Voter ID Bill
January 28, 2011
Thank you for your email on this important issue [proposed voter photo i.d. law]. The right of a citizen to vote is the foundation of our Republic. It is protected by both the North Carolina and US Constitutions. Accordingly, the integrity of the voting process must remain unblemished or voters will lose faith in our system of government.
It has become clear to me that there are numerous areas of our voting and voter registration processes that must be addressed to ensure that all voters are treated fairly and equally. I believe that North Carolina needs to require voters to present legal photographic ID's when voting. Such a requirement can hardly be described as a barrier to voting. For the estimated one percent of the eligible population without a photo ID, I will support provisions to provide such documents at no cost to the prospective voter. There are election-related cost savings that we can implement to cover such additional requirements. And I am confident that the cost of such requirements will fall far below the millions of dollars some groups are portraying.
I am convinced that a law requiring the presentation of a photo ID at the time of voting will help protect the integrity of our electoral process, and I intend to support it.
Rep. Jonathan Jordan
93rd District - Deputy Majority Whip
Phone: (919) 733-7727