North Carolina Republicans seek to suppress the vote

Published: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 10:07 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 10:58 am

Re "Justice Department begins to fight back on voting rights" (E.J. Dionne, July 29): The North Carolina Legislature controlled by Republicans passed a law that eliminates the opportunity to register and vote on the same day, ends preregistration for teenagers who are 16 and 17, prevents the extension of voting hours when lines are long, and narrows the types of identification that may be used when voting. The new restrictions will hamper mostly Democratic-leaning minority and young voters. But Republicans insist that is not their intent. Rather, they claim the new law will decrease voter fraud. Really? In the 2012 presidential election, nearly 4.5 million votes were cast in North Carolina. But there were only 121 alleged voter fraud cases filed. Apparently, a law was passed to eliminate a problem that didn't exist. What's next from North Carolina Republican legislators? A law prohibiting boogie men from hiding behind trees?

-- Dan Schmitt, Wilton

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