Republican American: For straight answers, look to Maria Horn

First appeared in the Republican American on 10/18/2018 here.

Letter to the Editor:

One of the first things anyone should expect from his or her legislator is a straightforward answer to a question. At the Oct. 12 debate, sponsored by The Lakeville Journal and the League of Women Voters, Rep. Brian M. Ohler, R-Canaan, failed to provide such an answer.

The question was, “Are you in favor of, or opposed to, expanding the right to vote in Connecticut by allowing early voting, by loosening the requirements for absentee voting?” Rep. Ohler never gave a definitive answer, when he had already taken a position by voting against early voting with his fellow Republicans in 2017 and 2018. The voters deserve an explanation on why he did not mention his votes and explain his position. Maybe he thought no one would notice.

The matter of early voting is one of the key issues of the League of Women Voters. As a League member, I noticed.

Rep. Ohler also failed to mention that he co-sponsored an amendment on the same bill aimed at voter suppression. It would have required voters to show photo IDs in order to vote. Currently, voters are allowed to present other forms of identification if they do not have driver’s licenses. For most of us, a photo ID is no big deal, but that’s not true for everyone. Three million Americans do not have IDs. A photo ID can be a barrier for the elderly, disabled and the less affluent in urban areas. They would have to buy certified IDs, at a cost of $40 each, in order to vote.

Across the United States, Republicans are trying to enact voter suppression laws like the ones Rep. Ohler supports. And we know why.

We need a leader who will give a straight answer – that’s why we need Democrat Maria Horn.

Carole Dmytryshak

Salisbury

EditorMeghan FlanaganEditor