Your View: Reform must stop assault on voting rights

Nov. 23, 2012 @ 01:16 AM

Guilford County was effective in carrying for President Obama by an impressive 58 percent to 41 percent margin; and extraordinary efforts by Obama supporters moved North Carolina from the Romney column six months out from the election to a toss-up.  We became a battleground state that caused Republican strategists to shift some of their emphasis and focus from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio to North Carolina.
This was truly a victory for the democratic process as rank and file Americans showed that unlimited money from Republican super pacs (around $325 million), deception by election officials in some states (like sending out the false message to Democrats that they could vote on Nov. 8 (if they weren’t able to vote on Election Day) and lies by the Republican nominee himself (Obama caused GM and Chrysler to go bankrupt) and voter suppression (in the form of shortening hours and days for early voting and limiting the number of voting machines in  areas with traditionally a high Democratic voters) cannot defeat the American spirit.
We should all be moved and proud of these election heroes.  Case in point: some voters waited up to eight hours in long lines in Ohio and Florida to overcome the road blocks created by the Republicans in order to do their civic duty.  One 101 year-old woman in Florida stood for hours in one of those long lines, but she persevered to vote.  The people were not going to be denied! Some of our early leaders like Thomas Jefferson would surely smile at this outpouring of patriotism.
Bottom line: Before we next vote, these wrongs need to be corrected with comprehensive election reform to protect one of the great hallmarks of a democracy – the right to vote.  Voting must be made as easy as possible, free of all unnecessary obstacles.
BOB KOLLAR
Greensboro

Letter writer didn’t tell the whole story
There’s nothing new about liberals making ridiculous accusations against me. They’ve been doing it for as long as I’ve been writing a column for the Enterprise. In most cases, the appropriate response is to ignore their nonsense. But the Nov. 17 letter by Scott Stover deserves a response because he used my words in a dishonest manner.
Stover was correct in saying that I wrote that Obama would lose the election. But if he wanted to be honest about it, he would have included the fact that I also wrote numerous times saying that Obama might win and that the only poll that I cared about was the one on Election Day.
Stover was aware of this. He complained about it (online) when I wrote that Obama might win. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that Stover intentionally presented only the part of the story that he thought would make me look bad.
Like so many claims by the left, if you look at the facts you’ll see that their claims don’t hold water.
Yes, I was disappointed that Romney lost. But shocked and bewildered? Hardly.
MIKE HUGHES
High Point


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