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August 28, 2012
Regarding your letter writer's comments supporting voter ID laws, it's hard to believe that those who want to keep government out of our lives and also lower federal and state costs are in favor of adding another layer of bureaucracy ("Voter ID laws don't disenfranchise minorities," Aug. 21). I can't remember the last time someone asked me for ID at my polling place. We know from many studies that voter fraud is minuscule. The only logical explanation for this movement is to keep older, poorer and less educated people from exercising their sacred right to vote.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 25, 2013
"So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. " -- Martin Luther King Jr., Aug. 28, 1963 This is "tomorrow. " Meaning that unknowable future whose unknowable difficulties Martin Luther King invoked half a century ago when he told America about his dream. If you could somehow magically bring him here, that tomorrow would likely seem miraculous to him, faced as he was with a time when segregation, police brutality, employment discrimination and voter suppression were widely and openly practiced.
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NEWS
November 9, 2010
Hours before the polls closed on Election Day last week, about 50,000 Marylanders received pre-recorded telephone messages suggesting that Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley had won re-election and urging them to "relax" — by staying home and watching the results on TV rather than going out to vote. Democrats promptly denounced the messages and called for an investigation. But this goes beyond the usual in dirty politics, and it demands more than the usual post-election investigation.
NEWS
May 4, 2013
This past November, I went to Florida to help mobilize voters to increase participation in communities of color and raise the voice of those often unheard. While there, I witnessed firsthand what we all have seen on TV - terrible voting lines that forced community members to wait hours to cast their ballots. However, these perpetual voting challenges are not isolated to Florida. Even here in Maryland, we have a long, long way to go to ensure that the right to vote for Marylanders is easy and accessible for all. Like in Florida, my friends and family here in Baltimore City also waited hours to vote.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is requesting that a group whose affiliates have challenged the legitimately of thousands of voter registrations, including some in Maryland, turn over documents to demonstrate how it determines which registrations to target. In a letter to Texas-based True the Vote, the Baltimore Democrat argues that the group and its affiliates have been unsuccessful in identifying people who are incorrectly registered. Instead, Cummings argues, the groups are jeopardizing to disenfranchise people who are correctly registered to vote.
NEWS
August 22, 2012
Your editorial alleging that Pennsylvania's voter ID statute is designed to disenfranchise eligible voters ignores many basic facts ("Vote suppression in Pa.," Aug. 17). Under the statute, Pennsylvania will be giving out the requisite state IDs free of charge. In addition, multiple forms of identification are acceptable, including driver's licenses, passports, military IDs, college IDs, and government employee IDs. Furthermore, anyone who presents a Social Security card and two proofs of residence will get the requisite ID and voters who have no ID will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot pending proof of identity within six days.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
I am tired of hearing people say that requiring someone to produce a photo ID in order to vote is a form of voter suppression ("Vote suppression in Pa.," Aug. 17). There is little of importance one can do in our society that does not require showing a photo ID. Examples include traveling by plane, giving blood, getting a medical diagnostic test, seeking treatment at a clinic, cashing a check, purchasing an item by check, picking up mail at the Post Office and having a document notarized in Maryland.
NEWS
July 4, 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.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,jill.rosen@baltsun.com | November 3, 2008
David Troy, a Baltimore-area technology developer, doesn't usually work for free, but he gladly did so to create a way to turn ordinary voters into watchdogs and whistle-blowers. His work helped enable the Twitter Vote Report, in which voters are urged to document any problems at the polls tomorrow on Twitter.com, the trendy online messaging service known for its short, quick communications. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.ph p?title=Portal:Election_Protection_Wiki * Voter Suppression Wiki: www.votersuppression.
NEWS
July 6, 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.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is requesting that a group whose affiliates have challenged the legitimately of thousands of voter registrations, including some in Maryland, turn over documents to demonstrate how it determines which registrations to target. In a letter to Texas-based True the Vote, the Baltimore Democrat argues that the group and its affiliates have been unsuccessful in identifying people who are incorrectly registered. Instead, Cummings argues, the groups are jeopardizing to disenfranchise people who are correctly registered to vote.
NEWS
August 28, 2012
Regarding your letter writer's comments supporting voter ID laws, it's hard to believe that those who want to keep government out of our lives and also lower federal and state costs are in favor of adding another layer of bureaucracy ("Voter ID laws don't disenfranchise minorities," Aug. 21). I can't remember the last time someone asked me for ID at my polling place. We know from many studies that voter fraud is minuscule. The only logical explanation for this movement is to keep older, poorer and less educated people from exercising their sacred right to vote.
NEWS
August 22, 2012
Your editorial alleging that Pennsylvania's voter ID statute is designed to disenfranchise eligible voters ignores many basic facts ("Vote suppression in Pa.," Aug. 17). Under the statute, Pennsylvania will be giving out the requisite state IDs free of charge. In addition, multiple forms of identification are acceptable, including driver's licenses, passports, military IDs, college IDs, and government employee IDs. Furthermore, anyone who presents a Social Security card and two proofs of residence will get the requisite ID and voters who have no ID will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot pending proof of identity within six days.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
I am tired of hearing people say that requiring someone to produce a photo ID in order to vote is a form of voter suppression ("Vote suppression in Pa.," Aug. 17). There is little of importance one can do in our society that does not require showing a photo ID. Examples include traveling by plane, giving blood, getting a medical diagnostic test, seeking treatment at a clinic, cashing a check, purchasing an item by check, picking up mail at the Post Office and having a document notarized in Maryland.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
Voter fraud is not a problem in our country. For years, the emphasis has been on increasing voter participation so that those who get elected are truly representative of the people. Now, in an effort to defeat President Barack Obama in November, the Republican Party is doing everything possible to suppress the vote among young people, minorities and the poor, who all tend to vote Democratic. The new voter law in Pennsylvania requires everyone to have a state voter card. No longer is one's driver's license or Social Security card considered valid identification, even though those are satisfactory for most other transactions.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 3, 2012
Bill Internicola had to show his papers. He received a letter last month from the Broward County, Fla., supervisor of elections informing him the office had "information from the state of Florida that you are not a United States citizen; however, you are registered to vote. " So Internicola had to prove he is an American. He sent the county a copy of his Army discharge papers. Mr. Internicola is 91 years old. He was born in Brooklyn. He is a veteran of the Second World War. He earned a Bronze Star for his part in the Battle of the Bulge.
NEWS
June 30, 2011
If you interfere with someone's right to sign a petition to put the in-state tuition law up for referendum, you should be prosecuted. Unfortunately, you can't be under present law. I drafted legislation to make such interference a crime. It passed in the Maryland House of Delegates 89-50, despite unanimous Republican opposition, but was not acted upon by a Senate committee. Del. Michael Smigiel has complained of voter suppression targeted at supporters of the petition.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
Voter fraud is not a problem in our country. For years, the emphasis has been on increasing voter participation so that those who get elected are truly representative of the people. Now, in an effort to defeat President Barack Obama in November, the Republican Party is doing everything possible to suppress the vote among young people, minorities and the poor, who all tend to vote Democratic. The new voter law in Pennsylvania requires everyone to have a state voter card. No longer is one's driver's license or Social Security card considered valid identification, even though those are satisfactory for most other transactions.
NEWS
March 3, 2012
Both voter fraud and voter suppression, the subject of recent Sun op-eds and an editorial ("Voter ID laws uphold system's integrity," Feb. 26, and "The phantom menace," Feb. 27), have been addressed by the General Assembly. When an individual's right to vote is challenged at the polls, that person may establish his or her identity by presenting a voter registration card, Social Security card, valid Maryland driver's license, any identification card issued by a government agency, any employee identification card with a photo, or a copy of a current bill, bank statement, or government document that shows the individual's name and current address.
NEWS
December 18, 2011
"Come out to vote on November 6. " "Before you come to vote make sure you pay your parking tickets, motor vehicle tickets, overdue rent, and most important any warrants. " That's the text of a flier distributed in African-American and Hispanic communities the weekend before Election Day in 2002 when Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ran for governor against Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. November 6 would be too late to vote; it was a Wednesday. Failure to pay the rent or parking or motor vehicle tickets is not a barrier to voting; neither is an outstanding warrant.
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