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August 15, 2013

LETTERS

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Voter ID laws, pushed by the GOP nationwide, are designed to keep honest citizens from exercising their fundamental constitutional right to vote. They are particularly harsh on the elderly, minorities, students and the poor. And, big surprise, these are groups that tend to vote Democratic.

The recent bogus attack on state Sen. Martha Clark (District 21) is a case in point. Republicans allege that she encouraged voter fraud by putting campaign workers and a relative up at her house who then voted during the election and later left.

Every one of the cases cited is in fact legal: these are people exercising their constitutionally protected right to vote. Almost all allegations of in-person voter fraud turn out to be incorrect (above 99 percent).

Even more to the point, it is a common practice among Republican candidates, too, to have campaign workers who vote and a short time after the election leave the state. The reason for this is because it is and should be legal.

Sen. Fuller Clark is right: The smear campaign against her is “sad.” It is one more effort by Republicans to create “evidence” of voter fraud where none exists so that the voter suppression they promote in the form of voter ID legislation looks like it has some legitimacy. It doesn’t.

Michael Frandzel

Portsmouth

Expanding Medicaid is a win-win

To the editor:

There have been many letters to the editor expounding on the humanistic and moral rationale for expanding Medicaid in New Hampshire. On those grounds alone, this legislation should be adopted.

It is hard to understand why Republicans in the N.H. Legislature are resisting the effort to provide health insurance to the working poor. How can anyone with a conscience not empathize with people whose incomes are $14,856 or less as they struggle to survive — food, housing, clothing, transportation to work and there’s some leftover for health insurance? Really?

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