Voter ID requirements offer a safeguard for system with flaws

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: February 16, 2012
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A study that revealed widespread problems with voter registrations in the United States is reason to be thankful Oklahoma now has a voter ID law on the books.

Research done by the Pew Center on the States found that about 24 million voter registrations had significant errors. The study estimated that 1.8 million deceased people are still on voter rolls, and found that as many as 2.7 million citizens had active registrations in more than one state.

Any way you slice it, the system can use work. The Pew researchers recommend a centralized system and encourage online voter registration as a way to save time and money. Those are certainly worth considering.

In Oklahoma County, for example, the election board mailed out 383,000 voter identification cards after the Legislature completed its redistricting last year. But nearly one-fifth of those were returned, which had the election board secretary concerned that voters might show up at the wrong precincts for Tuesday's elections. And it was a lot of money wasted.

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