A warning from Georgia

Dear Editor:

On the face of it, Ms. Staples’ letter [May 20] arguing that the new Georgia voting laws are perfectly reasonable makes some sense. On the other, I would urge people to consider where these new laws come from — a conservative white government in a state that, almost from its inception, has made great efforts to constrain the lives of its non-white peoples.

White conservatives have been arguing for decades that we have a problem with voter fraud in this country, but in all that time have yet to uncover a single consequential case. In fact, the most serious assaults on fair voting have come from that side, and not surprisingly, in Georgia. When laws are passed claiming to address a problem that does not exist, citizens should be skeptical. Georgia must indeed be on our minds — as a warning of how democracies can fall.

Doug Hylan


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