Democrats also have ways to suppress the vote

July 06, 2011

Writer Paul R. Schlitz Jr. appears to question the voter registration efforts of some Young Republicans in light of some recent voter suppression accusations levied against two former Ehrlich campaign workers. ("Maryland GOP: They want people to vote or not?" July 4). I would point out that Democrat Party members, both nationally and in Maryland, continue to rally against any efforts whatsoever designed to ensure voter integrity at the polls.

Democrats rally and legislate against any requirements that people prove they are legal citizens. Democrats rally and legislate against any safeguards that would prevent citizens who are legal from voting multiple times. The Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats for years looked the other way when Democrat affiliated groups like ACORN engaged in massive voter fraud efforts, registering thousands of fake voters and attempting to throw mass chaos into the system.

In 2009, the Obama Administration's Justice Department dismissed a case against another left-leaning group, The New Black Panther Party, that used flagrant intimidation to harass elderly voters in an attempt to suppress voting in Philadelphia in the 2008 election. The intimidation was so bad that even self-described Democrat Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, called it "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I've ever seen."

Numerically, feelings aside, the casting of illegal ballots is every bit as effective at suppressing votes as any other means. When a legitimate voter has his or her vote cancelled by an illegitimate voter, they are every bit as disenfranchised as anyone subject to any other type of voter suppression technique. Those who engage in or refuse to defend against or prosecute such behavior have intentions every bit as malevolent as those who suppress via mass mailings or robocalls.

Perhaps Mr. Schlitz is correct that the Young Republicans are breaking from the path of their elders in hoping to increase voter turnout. Perhaps we will now also see younger Democrats break from the elders of their party and start supporting measures intended to ensure that Maryland's voting system is secure, and the sanctity of the vote protected for all legal Maryland voters.

Michael DeCicco, Severn

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