Thursday September 27, 2018
People warned of problems with their status are likely to avoid voting.
The Pennsylvania Department of State expresses fear about potentially ineligible voters in Berks County ("Review finds nearly 400 ineligible voters in Berks," Reading Eagle, Sept. 21). It seems there was a mix-up in PennDOT's motor-voter system and - blah, blah, blah - hundreds of people could lose their vote.
Each person on the list will receive a veiled threat in the mail challenging their status. People with Spanish surnames on the list might understandably skip the election to avoid the hassle. This is voter suppression plain and simple. Threatening voters with legal action is a tried and true way to keep people home on Election Day. Especially with the spectre of Immigration and Customs Enforcement lurking in the shadows.
Review of voter rolls an act of suppression