To the editor:
I voted on Election Day. I voted a mixed ballot. I voted for the local people whom I felt were good people to hold office.
After I slipped my ballot into the electronic counter, I realized I was depressed. But why? In grade school during the '50s we practiced voting on the same machines as those of our parents, just as many Americans who now hold power also practiced voting in schools. We all learned what it meant to be an "American." Voting was a most important "right and duty." The right to vote was "sacred." I feel good about voting procedures in my town, but what about other places like Ohio where they are trying to suppress the vote? There, the Republican Election Commissioner changed the pre-election voting in the predominately black communities from four days to four hours. He stated publicly that he wanted the Republicans to win there. Has he forgotten what he learned in grade school? Has he forgotten the right to vote is "sacred?"
While waiting in that Ohio voting line with what was reportedly a thousand other people, one black person who was interviewed said," That is just the way it is." He waited and waited but he voted. This is just one example of how the American voter's vote has been marginalized.
Another example of how our vote has been compromised has to do with computer voting machines which many other countries have junked. They have gone back to paper ballots because they want fair and accurate accounting of the votes.
The main operative behind this has been Karl Rove. He is the fellow who orchestrated the George Bush elections and now his millionaire buddies are loading his super PAC. Why doesn't Karl Rove remember what he learned about voting in his school class? Why doesn't he defend the importance of every American's right to vote instead of promoting what I suspect is really national Republican election fraud? Why does the Republican Party do so much to openly discourage Americans from their "sacred" right?
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Where is the National Democratic Party on this question? Why are so many Americans complicit with this issue instead of demonstrating in the streets to make all votes count? Many feel that the election turned out well but how was the vote counted?