While I respect Mr. Peters (Rep. Neal Dunn should be ashamed of his vote against democracy, Jan. 19), I think his reaction ignores that of his fellow Democrats following the election of Trump in 2016. While there was no popular physical activity at the Capitol such as that which occurred on Jan. 6, 2021, there was three long years of Robert Mueller's investigation, millions of dollars of taxpayer money spent, and no evidence uncovered that the election was not fairly won despite charges to the contrary.
During Trump’s term in office, there were numerous discussions regarding both the electoral college and voting rights. Both discussions aimed at increasing the voting power and thus political control by large urban areas to the detriment of smaller states and rural areas. The discussions gained strength during Trump’s term because he won through electoral college votes but lost the popular vote.
The states are responsible for determining voter qualifications and voting procedures, according to Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. However, because the Democrats in both the House and Senate do not like the way the various states have established either “voter qualifications” or “voting procedures,” they want to federalize voter qualifications and voting procedures through the “For the People Act” in the House and the “Freedom to Vote Act” in the Senate.
Personally, I think Rep. Dunn’s action was less offensive than that of his Democratic colleagues of 2016 or today.
— Paul D. Bohac, Callaway
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This article originally appeared on The News Herald: LETTER: Dunn’s action less offensive than that of Democratic colleagues