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Tag: voting

Jan.
22nd

ELECTIONS: Why vote for ‘lesser of two evils’?

Is it time for a third political party to emerge?

What would happen if all those who say, “I voted for the lesser of two evils” actually voted for a third candidate who was their real first choice? My view is that it would challenge the rule of the two big-money-dominated parties now in power and restore true integrity to democracy.

The “lesser of two evils” voters’ rationale is that a vote for a third party candidate would be wasted and therefore contribute to the power of the party they most emphatically don’t want to have win. This rationale must

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Oct.
9th

VOTING: Don’t rely on name recognition

Voters, please do not use your vote for someone just because you recognize that person’s name on the ballot. Read about the candidates and the issues in the voter’s pamphlet that is being sent in the mail now.

Some people have held office for 15 years in University Place just because their name is familiar. If they cannot get the job done in that amount of time, we need someone who can. Please vote and be informed when you do. It’s time for a change, and you can make it happen. Name recognition is not the way to vote.

Aug.
13th

RACE: Pastor wrong about voter suppression here

Re: “Past racial issues still with us, NAACP leader says” (TNT, 8-12).

Voter suppression may be one of the greatest threats to democracy across much of America, but I would disagree with Rev. Gregory Christopher’s recent remarks that this is an issue here in Pierce County.

Our hard-working Pierce County auditor, Julie Anderson, is doing a superb job. She tirelessly works to make sure everyone who legally can has the opportunity to vote. Very few public officials have the professionalism, dedication and determination that Anderson demonstrates in doing her sworn duty, and I think Christopher’s remarks were unfair.

The

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July
24th

COUNTY: Election change would cut participation

RE: “Council proposes odd-year elections” (TNT, 7-20).

Pierce County Council member Doug Richardson’s county election proposal will cost $475,000 more in odd years, and might reduce the cost in some even years by $360,000. Richardson says a difference of $115,000 to $475,000 every two years is “pretty close to a wash.” Is he kidding?

This is the same County Council whose Republican members balked at changing their meeting to the evening, when more citizens could participate, citing the $13,300 per year additional cost (TNT, 3-26). Now they want to spend much more to reduce public participation in our

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Feb.
28th

ELECTIONS: We still need Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court is reconsidering the Voting Rights Act (thenewstribune.com, 2-27).

I grew up in the deep South, in Georgia – the only state then where the voting age was 18. My senior year in high school, our civics teacher took all of the 18-year-olds to the courthouse to register to vote.

The room we were in had a fence down the middle, and blacks entered by another door and tried to register on the other side of the fence. I filled out a form and was registered. I watched as blacks were asked to read and explain parts

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Jan.
31st

VOTING: Early deadline for ballots unnecessary

State Sen. Pam Roach’s bill requiring ballots to be received by 8 p.m. Election Day (TNT, 1-30) must be rejected. There is absolutely no compelling reason for that requirement. It would effectively disenfranchise many voters.

The U.S. Postal Service has considered closing mail-processing centers, leaving two centers open in Washington: in Seattle and Spokane. Those closures will effectively eliminate overnight mail service. The USPS has also proposed ending Saturday mail service.

Those proposed actions by the USPS will require voters to mail their ballots at least four days prior to any election. Much can happen during the four days

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Jan.
14th

GOP: Remember who gave women the vote

I really enjoy the “Today in History” feature of The News Tribune.

On Saturday, we learned that on Jan. 12, 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment allowing women to vote. The House was Democrat, as was the Senate.

In 1920, a constitutional amendment adopted by the House gave women the vote. The House was Republican, as was the Senate.

Funny, isn’t it, how Republicans are shamelessly attacked and lambasted as women haters? The White House is held by the political party waging war on women. Barack Obama just appointed or selected nothing but white men to

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Nov.
7th

VOTING: Turnout should be higher

Average voter turnout in the United States is seldom higher than 60 percent.

Just before the Soviet Union collapsed, my uncle came to visit us from Latvia. An election took place during his visit. I was tired after a day’s work; I didn’t feel like going to vote. Anyway, it was a minor, off-year election. When I told my uncle, he exclaimed, “You can’t not vote!” He eagerly accepted my invitation to come along. Of course, they wouldn’t let him go into the voting booth with me. But he got to see how a free people uphold democracy. Just the

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