The Nov. 1 letter “ Reverse intimidation” was disturbing for two reasons.
First, the writer said he would add to the dismal turnout of nonvoters simply because he didn’t like three mailings encouraging him to vote. In “revenge” for this “abhorrent” tactic that he could easily ignore by doing as many of us do with what we term “junk mail” – simply transferring from mailbox to recycle box – he will not vote.
But second, and even more disturbing, he has encouraged those representatives who would restrict our voting rights by legislation – voter ID, no more same-day registration, no straight party line voting, fewer early voting days, no Sunday early voting, disqualification of certain previously accepted forms of identification – to use this very simple technique of bombarding our incoming mail with reminders of our right, which many of our fellow Americans have died over the past centuries to secure to vote to elect our leaders.
The letter-writer’s self-denial of his right may convince our representatives that really all that is needed is a few mailings to persuade everyone to refrain from that right and willingly, too!
Gilbert C. Brown