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Letter: What if voter suppression ploys work?

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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012 10:11 am

We have now witnessed the national outrage when the referees of a professional football game decided the contest in favor of the wrong team. What will our nation do if the wave of voter suppression laws in Republican-controlled state governments actually keeps millions of voters from choosing their leaders? If the Romney/Ryan ticket actually won the popular vote in states that kept opposition ballots from being cast, will the thin fabric that holds this country together withstand the strain?

We Americans have proudly pointed at ourselves for decades, decrying the unfair practices of dictators and single party governments in countries near and far, from Mexico to Iran, the Arab states to North Korea. We have extolled one and all to follow our example of free elections with secret ballots and every citizen both encouraged and assisted to vote. What happens if we allow one of our two powerful parties to capture the national government by preventing millions from voting? How do you feel, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or independent, if you learn on Nov. 7 that the President of the United States came to power because we did not stop overzealous politicians from blunting the will of the majority?

This “beacon of democracy” we depend upon can be extinguished if a corrupt wind is allowed to blow strongly enough.

Ron Weitbrecht

Gilbert

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