Maryland GOP: They want people to vote or not?

July 04, 2011

It's fascinating that the chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans is touting the power of younger voters to change the political dynamic in Baltimore ("Young voters can change city's politics," June 30). Aren't two individuals employed in the recent Republican gubernatorial campaign currently charged with voter suppression in 452 mostly African-American precincts around the state?

I don't see how anyone can argue with urging young people to vote, particularly since the voter turnout ratio in the city has been lower than in Afghanistan.

But it does make one wonder whether there's been a sea change in attitudes among younger Republicans, as opposed to the older ones who clearly paid good money not so long ago to discourage people in Baltimore from voting.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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