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GOP trying to restrict voters they know don't agree with them

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To the editor,

Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the OUTCOME OF AN ELECTION by discouraging or preventing people from exercising their “right to vote”.

The history of the United States of America has been one of an on-going fight to expand the right to vote. Originally the vote was restricted to “white men with property” eliminating African Americans and many poor white voters. Finally women got the right to vote. In the 1960’s came ...

To the editor,

Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the OUTCOME OF AN ELECTION by discouraging or preventing people from exercising their “right to vote”.

The history of the United States of America has been one of an on-going fight to expand the right to vote. Originally the vote was restricted to “white men with property” eliminating African Americans and many poor white voters. Finally women got the right to vote. In the 1960’s came the Voting Rights Act. This act lowered the voting age, increasing the numbers of citizens who were empowered to vote.

Now, thanks to the Republicans, comes “voter dis-enfranchisement”. Under the banner of voter fraud the Republicans are systematically changing voters rights. Republican-controlled legislatures in many states have passed a wide range of new bills in 2011 that will restrict, rather than broaden, access to the ballot box. As a result, the estimates are that as many as 5-million voters could be disenfranchised in the 2012 election.

Some of these voter laws include, elimination of same-day registration, early voting, absentee ballots, Sunday voting, photo identification, college students being able to vote on campus.

Pending Senate votes on SB-318 and SB-289, the state of N.H. is doing the same thing.

All of these “laws” restrict the poor, minorities, senior citizens and our younger college citizens. These laws are to enable the Republicans to restrict the voters that they know will not vote Republican.

Cathy Dawson

Laconia