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  • Letters to the Editor - The voting debate

  • Dear editor,

    A couple weeks ago a gentleman wrote a very heartfelt letter urging people to vote.

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  • Dear editor,
    A couple weeks ago a gentleman wrote a very heartfelt letter urging people to vote. I wish I could agree with him, but the fact is voting is approval and if I don’t approve of either candidate I choose not to vote. That disturbs many people who believe that it is our responsibility as a citizen to vote, but in the beginning of our Republic only white male property owners were able to vote so only about 5% of the population voted. Voting was an entitlement for a few. In 1870 the 15th. Amendment allowed black men to vote, but in reality poll taxes and phony literacy tests kept many from voting until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1920 the 19th amendment gave women voting rights, in 1924 Native Americans could vote and in 1971 the 26th amendment allowed 18 year olds to vote. Then unexpectedly something happened that many people never imagined and couldn’t believe. A bi-racial man with an un-American name became president. Republican’s saw the problem was voting and they knew if they could convince Rush and Fox & Friends to tell the truth about Obama being a foreign non-Christian socialist they could probably win governorships and legislatures in key states and change voter laws to keep the people suspected of voting for him from doing it again. While I agree that voting is the ideal democratic exercise to determine leadership I’m sure you can see it has its drawbacks when partisans seek unfair advantage.
    Albert Newland
    Pittsburg
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