Don’t mess with voting rights |

Don’t mess with voting rights

Has Pruett no shame? It took a century to gain equal voting rights for all Americans. Barry Pruett seeks to overturn these rights under the excuse that his “Vote Safe Now” initiative would halt voter fraud (“Aanestad, Pruett push vote fraud initiative,” The Union, Feb. 17).

Don’t be fooled by Pruett and his ilk. Rampant fraud in voting ended when we stopped requiring literacy tests to register. The tests made it nearly impossible for a black person to vote.

Pruett’s blatant ruse has similar goals: Reduce the number of voters by requiring onerous registration; require everyone to pass a test to obtain a voter card.

Would the card guarantee identity? Of course not. Fake drivers licenses are readily available for a price.

How would Pruett’s initiative affect voting? Poll workers, largely elderly retired volunteers, would have to become policemen. Likely there wouldn’t be many volunteers in the future.

Voting in America – and Nevada County – works well. The system isn’t broken and

Pruett shouldn’t try to fix it. His nefarious initiative would disenfranchise many and discourage others from voting. Voting turnout is low in the United States. Pruett and his Republican friends want to make it even lower.

Alfred G. Kildow

Nevada Cit

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