Proposed voting changes

To the editor:

It is now quite apparent that the Republican Party is currently engaged in a large-scale concerted attempt to unquestionably suppress the vote, by taking drastic steps to make the voting process in our great nation considerably more difficult, as evidenced by the more than 250 bills that its members have proposed in no fewer than 43 states for that specific purpose.

A number of the proposed changes to the voting process include the elimination of no-excuse absentee ballots for all but those age 65 and older, requiring that such ballots also must include the signature of a witness, as well as a copy of a photo ID of the voter. In addition, the dramatic reduction in the placement of ballot dropboxes, as well as cutting back the hours of voting and the elimination of Sunday voting also is being pursued.

Such measures are seemingly aimed at making it more difficult for those who have traditionally supported Democratic candidates, such as those who are economically disadvantaged, the young and members of racial minority groups.

This obviously has transpired as a result of the universally disproved and meritless claims made by former President Donald J. Trump, who has claimed and inexplicably continues to claim that the recent 2020 presidential election was fraudulent and rigged against him, which led to his defeat by Democrat Joe Biden. However, all such claims repeatedly have been determined to be without merit and completely unsubstantiated as a result of multiple legal challenges pursued by Trump and his supporters, leading the Federal Election Commission, which oversees the U.S. election process, to state that the 2020 presidential election was most assuredly “the most honest and verifiable presidential election in U.S. history.”

I find it quite laughable when, apparently, Trump obviously believes that only the Democrats are capable of such shenanigans, when the Republican Party includes members such as Newt Gingrich, Rudolph Giuliani, Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz as well as himself.

In response, the Democrats recently passed a comprehensive voting bill in the House of Representatives that would actually reduce barriers to voting in federal elections, including an expansion of the early voting process and voting by mail, which would need to be passed by the U.S. Senate by a 60-40 margin to become the law of the land which appears, unfortunately, unlikely.

Our sacred right to vote must be safely protected with all eligible having their voting rights perfected and respected. All efforts that would make the electoral process more accessible and secure for all legal voters should be considered and enthusiastically pursued by all lawmakers, as such is the hallmark of the government of our great nation being of, for and by the American people.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry


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