Keith Ensminger: Protect voting rights

08/22/2013 11:35 PM

08/22/2013 11:37 PM

The Germans under Hitler, Iranians under the ayatollahs, and Muslim Brotherhood taught the world democracy can simply be mob rule without constitutional protections for civil liberties. People have the right to overthrow their governments if the judicial system cannot protect them from tyranny.

Many North Carolina residents will learn their state judicial system cannot protect their right to vote since the Supreme Court gutted enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

Old people, in particular those with no access to birth certificates that prove their citizenship, will be disenfranchised without federal protection now that conservatives who never really appreciated democracy have raised the red herring of nonexistent voter fraud.

KEITH ENSMINGER

Merced

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