OPINION:

The election-reform furor seems like much ado about nothing (“Biden heads to Georgia to escalate partisan fight over U.S. election laws,” Web, Jan. 11). The push by the Biden administration and civil rights groups to extend polling-place hours and locations and even make voting day a federal holiday (for something that takes on average a couple of hours) is ridiculous.

Several states have made efforts to focus on access to and integrity of voting. As an African American voter, I do not see any problems here that cannot be resolved at the state level — unless there is some hidden agenda I am missing. Arguing over such trivial issues shows our country’s poor leadership.


Once again, out of desperation the Biden administration is using fear tactics, such as referring to the current setup as “Jim Crow 2.0” and warning that our democracy is at stake. It’s all a ploy to scare African Americans into overreacting. Just ask any African American senior citizen and they will tell you that the current threat does not nearly reach the level of Jim Crow tactics, which ended with the 1965 Voting Act.

This battle of states’ rights vs. federal rights dates back to arguments between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. If elections are federalized, won’t that mean the politicization of the Justice Department? How is that not a danger to democracy?

The emphasis should be on protecting election integrity via photo identification, the prevention of ballot harvesting and the restriction of the right to vote to citizens only. A strong, fair voting process would get more support across the aisle and be an example of true leadership.

It is hard to understand why this administration does not see the importance of these issues. I wish African Americans would do their own research. We must educate ourselves on the issues and stop letting people outside our communities tell us how to think.

GREG RALEIGH

Washington


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