Letter to the editor: Dems attacking elderly
The article “Westmoreland Democrats to challenge absentee ballots erroneously granted by county elections officials” , with the subhead, “For years, voters have improperly been allowed to skip polls based solely on age,” states that “The Westmoreland County Democratic Committee will attempt to have a judge or the local election board disqualify many absentee ballots cast for the Nov. 7 election.”
Acknowledging due process, past practice and other legal issues to be possibly litigated, how dare you? How dare you attempt to deprive our conscientious elderly citizens of their sacred and most fundamental right to cast a ballot in an election, all after the fact and without notice due to a technicality which may or may not stand the test of proper judicial scrutiny.
In this action, you attack the most vulnerable among us because advancing age often means these uncertainties: failing health, lack of reliable transportation, limited mobility in bad weather, risk of falling injuries and even death, difficulties standing in line, time pressures in the voting booth and difficulties with voting machines.
Could it be that you wish to suppress the votes of the more mature and responsible members of our county who tend to favor conservative candidates? Why else would you pull such a stunt, unless it would benefit your incessant desire to hold and wield power at all costs?
William G. Steiner