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Identity theft: Big problem

Fact: identity theft is growing, not easy to discover, not easy to correct.

Horrid tales from the past are not necessarily coming from the grave. They are coming from the halls of colleges, retail stores, financial institutions, online communications, banking, purchasing and personal information found on Facebooks and other web transmissions.

How gullible is society? There are myriad tales of loss of credit, loss of home and other possessions, character, reputation, jobs and even freedom.

Americans are so free to give out personal information to just about anybody who asks.

Today’s technology makes it easy for crooks, scammers and others to produce counterfeit money, identification cards, operator’s licenses, credit cards, birth certificates and so much more.

Within the Virginia General Assembly moves legislation that would tighten the state’s voter identification requirements.

Democrats in the Virginia Senate claim the measure would suppress votes of minority and other groups.

Republican supporters state that the bill would help ensure the integrity of the ballot box, and do so responsibly.

 

The bill would require some form of identification such as voter card, driver’s license, social security card, bank statement, utility bill or government-issue photo ID.

Opponents claim the bill sets the state back 50 years and will stifle voter turnout.

The ACLU says voter impersonation fraud “is almost impossible” in today’s world. Do identity theft, bank robbery, drug smuggling, breaking and entering, car theft, embezzlement and so much more fall into the category of “almost impossible?”

If so, all are committed frequently and it is not as newsworthy as it used to be.

Citizens interested in voting should have no qualms about putting forth the effort to abide by the laws of the state and nation.

If they are not registered, or in the country illegally or otherwise ineligible to vote, so be it.