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States run elections

“States run elections”, Carmel Pine Cone – Dec. 10, 2021

In replying to Zoë Edington’s Dec. 3 letter about the Freedom to Vote Act, I would respond that such centralization of voting borders on unconstitutionality. Under Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, it is the state legislatures that decides where, when, and how to hold Congressional and lower-level elections. Congress may make some election changes, but gives the authority to count votes to the state, county, and city governments.  After all, the Thirteen Colonies established the federal government.

The real barriers to voting occurred in the South during the Democratic Party’s era. They demanded difficult “literacy tests” to prevent blacks from voting. Today, the issue is over security of the vote. The recently enacted state laws ask for voter photo ID to prevent voter fraud, which has plagued America since the mid-1850s. Hundreds of lawsuits and Grand Jury investigations have uncovered massive voter fraud.  Democrats do not want photo IDs to verify and protect the integrity of elections. Since Democrats are suffering low poll numbers, they want everyone, citizen or non-citizen, dead or alive, to vote as many times as possible. That is not how a democratic republic works.

Lawrence Samuels, Carmel