I was perplexed when I read about the study from the Brennam Center for Justice that stated it estimates that 11 percent of eligible voters in the U.S. currently do not possess the type of photo-issued government ID required by some states to vote.

To the editor:


I was perplexed when I read about the study from the Brennam Center for Justice that stated it estimates that 11 percent of eligible voters in the U.S. currently do not possess the type of photo-issued government ID required by some states to vote.


For the past three years I have volunteered for an organization that prepares free tax returns for the elderly (older than 65), low income (under $50,000) and the disabled. We prepare federal and state income tax returns and Missouri property tax credit returns for those who qualify.


The locations I have worked at have filed more than 6,000 income and property tax returns during this time, and one of the requirements is for the client to show us valid photo identification. I have yet to encounter one instance of someone not having a valid photo ID card.


The only conclusion that I can make from this is that unless a person is living on the street with no reportable income, they will have a valid photo identification card. It is almost impossible to function in our society today without one. If 11 percent of eligible voters are homeless and penniless, there is a bigger problem than disenfranchising them from voting.