Letter from CHIP NORTHRUP
To the Editor:
State law governs the issuance of driver’s licenses. Since 1993, 13 states and D.C. have issued licenses to residents – i.e. some of them could be illegal aliens.
This does not give the cardholder the right to vote. In fact, it says that right on the card.
What it does is bring them into compliance concerning requirements for car insurance, car registration, and traffic tickets, all the regulations that are pertinent to what they’re doing – driving a car.
In other states, they are called “privilege cards” and are not valid IDs for voting.
Voter registration laws are likewise handled by the states, and so-called “motor voter” laws effectively register anyone with a license – that is a valid ID for voting – to vote. If their license is not a valid ID for voting, they don’t get registered.
Not that complicated to sort out any misunderstandings.