LETTER: Chipping away at voting rights remains a threat to democracy

To Ozaukee Press:

Democracy as defined by Wikipedia “is a form of government in which the people have the authority to deliberate and decide legislation, or to choose governing officials to do so. Cornerstones of democracy include freedom of assembly, association, property rights, freedom of religion and speech, inclusiveness and equality, citizenship, consent of the governed, voting rights, freedom from unwarranted governmental deprivation of the right to life and liberty and minority rights.”

Where I am troubled in our current government is the chipping away of our freedom to vote. Voting suppression, gerrymandering, manipulating access to polls and the harassment of poll workers are some examples. These are conditions that affect our ability to choose who is governing us. There were candidates on the ballot last week who do not respect our democracy. They have steadfastly refused to accept elections which were proven again and again to be free and fair. Some have chosen to subvert our democratic process through secrecy, insurrection and violence. Many have a serious issue with the truth.

Freedom of religion means that we do not all have to agree on our religious or spiritual practices and beliefs. Violence and disrespect in the name of religion does not make it right. Not allowing women the right to seek medical care as needed or recommended by their physician is not freedom. It is abuse.

We all are tired of division and disrespect. Perhaps if we think through what it means to live in a democracy, we just may be able to save it.

Judy Stellmacher

West Bend

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