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Letters to the editor, July 7

Sad day in America

Prior to the 2012 presidential election, Republicans in 11 states introduced bills to reduce early voting periods or absentee voting opportunities in their states. Of these, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia succeeded in enacting bills reducing early voting.

Florida’s cut of early voting from 14 days to eight days and cancellation of voting on the final Sunday before Election Day was typical.

Cutting the final Sunday before Election Day is particularly troubling because that is the day when African-American churches traditionally hold “Souls to the Polls” get-out-the-vote drives.

The Republican’s reasoning for these actions was made painfully obvious when Texas tea party leader Ken Emanuelson said, “I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”

This is how Republicans feel about Americans exercising their right to vote.

Now look at Iran in its recent presidential election. As millions of voters were lined up to cast their ballots, the government extended the polling time to allow more people to vote.

It is truly a sad day in America when one of our national political parties has a worse record on the people’s right to vote than the tyrannical theocratic government of Iran.

Gary Ardis,
Oak Point