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Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 2, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Voter rights

Discrimination promoting complacency

I urge you to stop the discriminating practices that disenfranchise voters. This past Nov. 4, I participated in Election Protection. Members of our state were comforted by the fact there was someone making sure the polling stations were making sure those who wanted to vote were permitted this constitutional right.

It is absolutely archaic to allow systematic oppression by denying a person the right to vote. When one is denied the right to assert his or her voice by not being allowed to participate in the democratic process, complacency is promoted.

We must create systems that undo racism. It is through the support of the constitution that we allow people to vote.

Moreover, our communities are stronger when all members of society are encouraged to vote.

There are a plethora of examples, in recent history, showing why discrimination should be a constitutional violation.

In the past, African-Americans were charged fees to vote, excluded from primaries, and worse. The fight for voting rights was an important part of the overall civil-rights struggle. Black History Month is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of these injustices at the ballot box and what we can do to make change.

— Andra Kranzler, Seattle

Preventing further abuses

After too many years of voter intimidation, racial discrimination and deceptive practices, the time has come to prevent further abuses of the most basic right of our society.

Everyone should support the voter intimidation-prevention act.

— Samuel Brody, Bainbridge Island

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