LETTER: Disabled voters should be allowed to get voter IDs

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 11:43 a.m. CDT; updated 5:14 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 6, 2009

As we hear the same words over and over — celebrate diversity, equality, acceptance — I am appalled that those who use these words the most are the ones who fail to live up to them. I would like to point out the recent debate going on about requiring a photo ID for voters. The Boone County circuit clerk and the secretary of state are failing to live up to these words. Both of these women are arguing that disabled people are not able to get a photo ID for voting. How presumptuous and insulting of these two women to believe that just because you have a disability you are incapable of obtaining a photo ID. This is belittling and degrading to every person with a disability. Just because someone may have a physical handicap does not mean they are second-class citizens. It does not mean they are less confident or not as smart as someone who can walk. No one should be allowed to tell someone over and over that they are incapable of doing something. What if someone told Beethoven that because he was deaf he could not write music? What if someone had told Einstein that because he had a learning disability he could not achieve great things?