To the Editor:
The right of every citizen to vote is not a partisan issue or a policy debate; it is a fundamental requirement of democracy and, as such, a foundational American value.
Thus, I was profoundly disappointed when I read that newly re-elected DeKalb County Clerk Doug Johnson called concerns about two-hour-plus lines at a polling place “bellyaching.” (Daily Chronicle, Nov. 12, 2018).
I hoped to see some kind of clarification or apology from Johnson and/or some kind of reaffirmation from the DeKalb County Republican Party of their commitment to the principle of equal access to the right to vote.
I have seen nothing of the kind. Again, I am profoundly disappointed.
Before the midterm election, and in light of numerous problems with voting rights across our nation, I felt proud of DeKalb County and confident that the county government was fully committed to free and fair elections and every resident’s ability to exercise their right to vote. Now I am not confident.
Please, Mr. Johnson: Speak out and reassure us about your commitment to the true American values of full citizen participation in democracy.
Please, DeKalb County Republican Party: Tell us where you stand vis-à-vis the current attempts of some in your party nationwide to manipulate elections through voter suppression tactics and dissemination of misinformation.
The U.S. needs at least two viable and respectable political parties to make democracy work.
Whatever our party affiliations, all of us who live in DeKalb County are neighbors and fellow residents; we need to respect each other and work together for the benefit of all.