Opinion Extra

February 2, 2010

Middleton, Zia: Voter ID 'compromise' a lose-lose deal

Last week, the Senate reached a so-called compromise on the voter ID bill by inserting, among other provisions, a period of early voting. This may make it more convenient for some citizens to vote, but it does not justify disenfranchising 178,000 people - 7 percent of all registered voters in the state. And it does not justify the cost of the legislation. This "compromise," if allowed to prevail, would mean a huge step backwards in the struggle for voting rights in our state.

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