Ob­vi­ous ob­struc­tion

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Opinion - Robert F. Roth, M.D. Wil­liams­burg

Re: “Vot­ing Rights Ques­tioned” Oct. 24

If you were a Supreme Court jus­tice, as the Nov. 6 midterm ap­proaches, would you vote to de­prive vot­ing rights of tens of thou­sands of poor, ru­ral, non­whites, such as Amer­i­can In­di­ans, with P.O. boxes in North Dakota, Iowa, Mis­souri, Arkansas, Texas, In­di­ana, North Carolina and Ge­or­gia? The de­ci­sion passed down by the high­est court in the land ef­fec­tively does that very thing.

Dur­ing the 2012 elec­tion, North Dakota Demo­crat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp won by less than 1,000 votes. Amer­i­can In­di­ans played a sig­nif­i­cant role. Thou­sands re­side on the 850,000 acres of the Fed­eral “Stand­ing Rock Reser­va­tion” and are reg­is­tered with Reser­va­tion Au­thor­i­ties. That’s their home ad­dress! Their P.O. boxes are also reg­is­tered.

So why did the Supreme Court re­ject the case in In­dian vot­ers in­ter­est? The court is free of pol­i­tics. Right?

I re­side in a Wil­liams­burg re­tire­ment “home.” Every­one has a P.O. box that a U.S. postal worker stuffs daily!

When vot­ing, we use our “home” ad­dress, like a “reser­va­tion,” to­gether with our P.O. box num­ber. No prob­lem!

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