Georgia’s actions on voting rights are a severe risk to our democracy
Georgia’s ban on giving water for voters and limits on early voting understandably provoke outrage, however the legislation changing its Secretary of State with the rabidly partisan legislature in overseeing elections is extra ominous, as could be any partisan bias in confirming election outcomes. Legal guidelines like this set the stage for authoritarian rule: “We do not care concerning the numbers. Trump gained.”
Furthermore, it is not clear if courts would in the end reverse what state legal guidelines present for. One factor President Joe Biden had in his favor in 2020 was that sufficient states had confirmed his win earlier than the December deadline for court docket challenges offered in federal legislation.
Federal voting rights laws now earlier than the Senate should move. We’ve got a badly damaged GOP, and the way forward for American democracy is actually at stake.
David Scott, Columbus
Article captured how fortunate Sharon Township was to have police chief like Schwind
We thank The Columbus Dispatch for publishing the March 21 article “Township chief leaving after 50 years of policing” about retiring Sharon Township Police Chief Don Schwind. Sharon Township has been lucky to have Chief Schwind serve its residents. Chief Schwind has instilled a tradition of accountability and professionalism in our police division. And thru his networking inside our group and with different police departments, Chief Schwind has enormously elevated the standing of our police division. Chief Schwind’s service to our township is among the many causes our residents love and help our police division so generously.
Reporter Dean Narciso captured Chief Schwind’s character completely within the article. We’re appreciative of his efforts in telling others in central Ohio concerning the man we’ve identified and cherished for therefore a few years.
Thanks, Columbus Dispatch. And thanks, Chief Schwind, in your tireless service to Sharon Township.
Laura Kunze, John Oberle, Lindsay Duffey, and Tony Palmer, Sharon Township
Georgia governor ought to be ashamed to signal pointless, un-American legislation
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who was adamant that there was no voter fraud in GA in 2020 and the outcomes have been legitimate, signed a brand new voting legislation that was created in response to the fraud he denies was actual. In that case, what’s the want for the brand new legislation?
Republicans misplaced presidential and senatorial elections in Georgia, so that they modified the foundations to make it more durable for Black individuals to vote. It’s no extra sophisticated than that. The legislation doesn’t make it more durable to cheat; it’s a type of dishonest.
Gov. Kemp mentioned he’s proud to signal S.B. 202 into legislation as a result of it tightens voting guidelines within the state. One provision of the legislation makes it against the law to provide meals and water to voters ready in line to solid ballots. That is unprecedented and un-American. Even Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), a conservative and shut ally of President Trump, condemned the voter restrictions in an interview with Fox Information as “it does not make an entire lot of sense.”
So as to add insult to damage, when Black state Rep. Park Cannon (D) peacefully tried to view Gov. Kemp’s closed-door signing of the “voter suppression” invoice, she was arrested.
After I consider this legislation, two footage stay caught in my thoughts. One is of a white governor signing the legislation whereas surrounded by 5 white GOP officers and the opposite is of a Black lawmaker being dragged by a number of white sheriff’s deputies whereas she is in handcuffs.
Earlier than the Peach State and the remainder of the South rise once more, they need to begin first by rising above racism, bigotry and intolerance. Georgia’s new voting legislation is un-American.
Mahmoud El-Yousseph, Westerville