Democracy demands certain rights
To the Editor:
Let’s talk about the upcoming elections – not the candidates, but the voting. Regardless of your political leaning, there is a lot that we can agree on that is critical to our democracy.
• All citizens who meet eligibility requirements should be able to register to vote.
• Each voter should have access to voting whether they live in the mountains of WNC or the cities of Raleigh and Durham.
• All voters should be able to vote by mail or vote at convenient early voting times.
• Voters should not be intimidated or threatened at any point.
• Each eligible voter should be able to cast one ballot; it should be counted the same as every other ballot and reported accurately.
• Big businesses and big money should not influence a politician more than an individual’s vote.
• Voting districts should be created using neutral standards (not Democratic, not Republican).
• Voter registration should be available at each state’s motor vehicle agency.
Imagine, if you go to the polls to vote next November and you are denied the right to vote. How would you feel? Depending on your answer, then the Voting Rights bill deserves your support.