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March 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

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Kennewick voters turned away

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Editor, The Times:

Saturday, March 3, was caucus day in the state of Washington and I read in the paper that there were hundreds turned away in Kennewick. [“Overwhelmed Republicans turned away 1,500 people,” NWMonday, March 5].

Apparently the location was overcrowded. I also read where it was estimated that there were 50,000 people turned away across the state. That was said to be about 1.6 percent of the 3.7 million registered voters in our state.

That means that about 3.65 million voters had no say in the system of selecting a candidate for nomination for the office of president of the United States.

I heard a gentleman say on the news that if you didn’t participate you have no complaint coming. How can a person participate if they don’t have a primary and others are turned away for lack of room?

Oh! I see, go to a caucus and declare to be a Republican and that you won’t go to the other party’s caucus.

Not going to happen. I’m an independent and I am not going to choose sides. I vote for the person who I think is best for the office.

— Vernon C. Johnston, Lynnwood

This happened in more places

Fifteen hundred people were turned away from voting in the Republican caucuses in Kennewick on Saturday. Similar instances of voting impropriety in Republican caucuses have also been found in Iowa and Maine. Regardless of the reason, or excuse, when officials deny or manipulate a citizen’s right to vote, it becomes apparent that we are no better at protecting voting rights than the many other countries we disdain for their tampering with the voting process.

We should be appalled as Americans when we hear of these improprieties impacting our voting rights. We assist nations in monitoring their elections to protect against voter fraud, but where is the accountability within our own country?

There is no excuse for these fraudulent activities to occur in America.

— Randy Greger, Bothell


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