Your View: Facts show voter fraud isn’t a problem

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 08:16 PM

Phyllis Picklesimer attempted to rebut my previous letter about Republicans using voter ID laws to rig our elections. She mentioned 19 voters in Ohio who didn’t have the words “absentee voter” on their absentee ballots. That’s not voter fraud, just human error. She named one lady who apparently cast an absentee vote, then voted in person because she “didn’t believe her absentee vote would be counted.”
Whether or not the lady had wrongful intent, she has a right to her day in court.
No one claims there has never been a case of voter fraud. But it is so rare, statistics show only 86 cases over six years. That’s less than two cases per state! When it happens, we already have laws in place to prosecute it. We don’t need new laws whose true intent is to predetermine the outcome of our elections!
Picklesimer didn’t dispute the facts and quotations I cited. Good idea. It is all on record, easily verified. She didn’t address the fact that courts have blocked these laws one after another.
Readers should understand Republicans are conjuring up a myth of rampant voter fraud as a cover story for laws intended to fix our elections.
If the facts and quotations I listed aren’t enough proof that Republicans are doing this deliberately, there is a lot more. On Dec. 10, former Mitt Romney campaign consultant Scot Tranter made this shocking statement about Republicans’ political strategy: “We want to do everything we can to help our side win. Sometimes we think that’s voter ID (laws), sometimes we think that’s longer lines (at the polls), whatever it may be.”
You cannot have more clear-cut proof that Republicans are trying to subvert our electoral process!
CARL ROUTH
High Point

Playing sweepstakes is same as lottery
Why close down sweepstakes and not pull out all lottery machines? Same thing. Pay to play.
It’s freedom of choice. You have to be over 18 to play. You hit the lottery tickets, you get paid. Same thing.
People have a right to make a living. People have a right to go enjoy playing a game. It’s freedom of choice.
You should go play. It works better than a drink. Sweepstakes is just the same as lottery. Will you pull out all lottery machines?
KATHLEEN MELTON
High Point

 

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