Leonard Pitts bloviates at length about voter suppression (“GOP efforts to suppress votes won’t stand,” The Columbian, April 2). While I think all people of good will can agree that everyone who meets the legal qualifications for the franchise should be able to vote, I hope we can all agree that those who do not meet the legal standard should not be permitted to vote. Requiring valid ID and ensuring valid chain of possession of ballots legally cast are not elements of “suppression,” but of honesty. Those who want to see what an attempt to practice real voter suppression looks like would do well to read the “How Republicans Overcame the ‘Cynicism’ of Marc Elias in Iowa’s Second District” (The National Review, April 2).
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