In a cartoonishly partisan “resolution,” the Newton Democratic City Committee expressed their outrage at “Republican Voter Suppression.” However, they exposed themselves through the headline of their press release: “NEWTON DEMOCRATS CONDEMN REPUBLICAN VOTER SUPPRESSION” So they don’t condemn Democratic voter suppression?
As is sadly typical, the Newton Democrats could not muster even cursory outrage at documented instances of voter fraud that dilutes every citizen’s vote, such as the Democratic congressional candidate who recently was forced from the race because it was discovered she was voting in two states(!). The resolution also did not express any concern about the voting rights of our overseas soldiers, who were the victims of a documented instance of voter suppression by one of the Democrats' own party leaders, Secretary of State William Galvin, who was sued by the Department of Justice for failing to comply with the Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act.
The resolution also did not even acknowledge that our current voter registration system is badly in need of reform and that it is that system, not partisan whining, that truly casts doubt on the integrity of our electoral process. In fact, a recent Pew study that found 2.75 million people were registered to vote in more than one state! The Newton Democrats resist any effort to reform and improve our voting system, which is the foundation of our democracy. Instead, they favor a free-for-all, where anybody can vote whether eligible to or not.
Why should America be satisfied with an outdated and flawed electoral process? Why should we have a higher standard for renting a movie or joining a gym than exercising perhaps one of our most important rights – the right to vote? The Newton Democrats don’t say . . . and don’t seem to care.