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Tuesday's Letter to the editor

OPINION April 6, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

A voter ID question

Dear editor:

All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form. (This is a federal requirement that I had to follow back in 1980s, and did.)

The minimum fine per individual for paperwork or technical violations increased from $230 to $234, while the maximum fine increased from $2,292 to $2,332. Fines for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ unauthorized workers went up as well. The range for a first offense went from $573-$4,586 to $583-$4,667.

Federal regulations state you must retain a Form I-9 for each person you hire for three years after the date of hire, or one year after the date employment ends, whichever is later.

Two forms of identification (such as a state driver's license, state identification card, U.S. Passport, military ID card, birth certificate, or Social Security card) are required to complete the Form I-9.

My question is: Why is requiring identification in order to vote considered racist? Delta and Coke have their collective wagon in reverse. They are threatening to leave Georgia in protest for requiring an ID to vote (something that they are required to do to hire them) thus firing the very same employees that they profess to be protecting. This is getting out of hand with little or no actual concern for the consequences.

Ted C. Burhenn

Hot Springs


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