Letter: Don't suppress voters' rights
Monday, August 27, 2012
Dan Jensen stated in his Aug. 21 letter -- "Lawsuits manipulate registration" -- that "in Ohio, Democrats are suing the state for extending early voting from Friday to Monday for military personnel deployed overseas." He's way off base.
What the Democrats are in fact trying to do is extend early voting rights to all residents of Ohio, including, but not limited to, those in the military.
Regarding the Massachusetts situation, I see nothing sinister in encouraging welfare recipients, or anyone legally eligible, to vote. What does seem sinister to me is the Republicans' agenda to suppress voters' rights in several states by requiring photo ID at the polls. This is supposedly to prevent voter fraud, a problem that several studies, including one under the Bush administration, have shown is almost nonexistent at the polls.
Republican Mike Turzai, majority leader in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, came right out and said that the voter ID law would allow Romney to win his state. Talk about a sickening agenda. Politifact.com is an excellent, nonpartisan website. Its mission is to help us civilians discern the truth (or lack thereof) in statements made regarding those in office and those running for office. I encourage all voters to check it out.