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Monday, April 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

There is much chatter in the media about concern over voting irregularities. Two distinct problems need to be addressed. The one getting the most attention is voter identification when the voter appears at the polls to vote. The other concerns the same voter voting more than once in a given election.

The voter ID issue is relatively easy to resolve. However, it is disingenuously being used as a political football with the claim of bias against a segment of our society. The Democratic Party believes that lack of positive ID at the polls is an advantage for Democrats. This makes it highly unlikely that the issue will be solved in the foreseeable future.

Several foreign countries have solved the issue of the same person voting more than once in a given election. There can be no claim that the procedure utilized by these countries shows a bias toward anyone except a person with no fingers. At the time of voting, the voter must dip a finger into an ink container. The ink is not easily removed and the stain lasts for few days. Clearly, an accommodation would have to be made for absentee voting. But absentee voting could be made very restrictive.

The ink-finger procedure would partially solve the identification problem by preventing a person from voting a second time under a different name.

Let's solve the problem a step at a time.

Don Harrison

Bethel Park

The writer, a Republican, is a Bethel Park councilman.

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