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Without Voter ID Law, System Denies Citizens Basic Rights

Dear Editor,
I share my disdain for anyone claiming it is wrong to identify oneself for the purpose of voting. I do understand the “platform” the opposition stands on claiming “it is a constitutional right to vote” and having to prove one’s identity impedes this constitutional right, is wrongly debated. The Constitution’s Preamble states “We the people of the United States in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” These very words “We the people”, “domestic Tranquility”, “general Welfare”, “our Posterity” resonate the need and the right of it’s citizens to protect the inherent morals and very essence of our Liberty described in the Preamble of our Constitution.
To NOT require citizens to prove their citizenry denies all true U.S. citizens their basic rights outlined in our Amendments to this Constitution. The Majority MUST be protected to insure Liberty’s existence.
The Fourteenth Amendment addresses “All persons born or naturalized in the United States….” . These “citizens”, protected by our Constitution, are the ONLY PERSONS
PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION. Illegal inhabitants, persons convicted of felonious atrocities to the citizens, dead persons, fictitious persons, pets are all examples of people and things whom cannot vote. It is FAIR and JUST to insure the person identifying oneself for the promotion to vote, have the ability to prove one’s citizenship (and valid residency) as described in the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States in order to protect the majority.
I would like to share some of my experiences as a Voting Precinct Administrator in New Hanover County during many elections. Because New Hanover County and North Carolina does not require a person to identify them self before voting, I had a person try to vote using a personal friends’ name. I actually knew the person they tried to impersonate!
They offered the name and address as theirs. I threatened to expose their crime. They left immediately, maybe to try it somewhere else. I have had numerous people identify my precinct as their “rightful” place to vote and discovered they actually voted in their true precinct. They wanted to vote “Provisionally”. 
These examples were for our last Presidential election. OMG!!! These very examples are cause for PROPER IDENTIFICATION when voting. How ignorant of a society to not require proof of citizenry (and residency) when voting. Are there not “Vagrant” laws requiring people to have proper identification and at least $5.00 to their name? 
I now live in Savannah Georgia where I am required to Prove my residency and identity myself before I vote. Smart State.
Walter Harris, former resident of New Hanover County