Tomorrow, let’s just imagine that we stop using our drivers licenses to drive. We abandon library cards, licenses to carry firearms, Massachusetts identification to buy cigarettes and alcohol, military identification for entrance onto military bases, business identification into private enterprise, and student identification for colleges, identification cards for health services, and teachers’ school admission cards. We stop social welfare cards (EBT) and especially AARP cards.

We stop all identification of any sort, and it is discriminatory, any validating is discriminatory.

We just announce that we qualify and let the chips fall where they may. Society should just accept who we say we are. Identification only indicates who is authorized to be there and participate by qualification. It does not take into account the indigent and the people not able to access these forms of identification. We are led to believe. The poor and the indigent seem to get social welfare identification as the results are positive.

What I have said of course is absurd and silly. It defies logic as we know what would happen.

Unscrupulous people would take advantage of open access without validity. They would wreak havoc on the American public taking what they want for their own self-serving purposes.

To believe that the corruption and dishonesty involved in politics do not include fraud is absurd. We only have to look at our last three speakers of the Massachusetts House that have been indicted and sentenced. Procedures need guidelines for specific results; in this case, honesty should be a precedent, not a hope. I qualify. Therefore, I vote.

Political voting is not an emergency measure by itself, but the people we elect determine how our dilemmas are managed. The process of certain validation for voting would seem essential for an honest result of who enacts our laws and procedures.

What you may be thinking is this old die-hard conservative has found yet another approach to voter identification? I haven’t. You have. Feeling comfortable that everything is OK at the polls is naive at best. Stories of voter fraud, however slight, should have sounded alarms, and it
hasn’t. We have been calmed by hearing "voter fraud does not exist." Well, that is enough for me, how could anyone gain an advantage by fraud? Someone saying, "It does not exist," when it does is even more frightening.

Voter fraud has been recognized in several states, 34 to be exact, and they have some form of a law that is in effect or proposed for a voter to be validated with photo identification. Why would 34 states recognize the dilemma and 16 purposely ignore it by deception?

Our country had only 12 million identity thefts last year. If only 34 states concur, where does that put the other 16 states on the learning curve? Massachusetts is one of the 16.

Can we correct this dilemma? Only if we talk about it and mention it to our representatives every time we come in contact with them. At some point, an astute legislator will think this has merit, unless there are ulterior gains to be had. We have all enjoyed the joke of a parent voting in one political party for a lifetime and upon death switching political affiliations but still voting. It is funny and the joke is on us.

The joke should not really be on the voter, we are the taxpayers picking up the tab.

Peter Risatti is a retired military and law enforcement officer. Right from the Berkshires is a biweekly column from the Berkshire County Republican Association.