The local Republican booth at the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo offered a "Maximum Freedom" bumper sticker. Curious, we asked one volunteer about the local party's opinion of the news of Republican-backed voting rules written as a strategy to suppress access to the ballot box.
Surprisingly, the gentleman said he wasn't aware of any of this, but he agreed that such suppression would not be correct, and then quickly added that opinion would never make him a Democrat. Good answer. At the root of democracy, the citizen's right to vote is nonpartisan.
Same question at the local Tea Party booth. The gentleman was aware of the attempts to suppress voter access and was firm that anything constitutional shouldn't be impeded during this very important election year. Popular response. Several constitutional amendments prohibit voter discrimination, the 15th finally being enforced with the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Currently, Washington state voting rules aren't unfair, but infuriated and determined Democrats should count on the local Republicans and Tea Party members to join the pushback against voter suppression anywhere in this country!
D.M. WIDENER and L.J. ANDERSON, Kennewick