Dear editor,

Russians are poised to interfere with 2020 election. Yet U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell won't let the Senate vote on a bill to protect elections. McConnell unilaterally decided that people want elections to be controlled by states, not Washington, and that the government has already done enough to protect elections.

First, it's obvious that not enough has been done or the House wouldn't have written the bill. Secondly, the bill is about funding, not Washington dictating how states run elections. The bill funds backup paper ballots, automatic voter registration, early voting and a commission to oversee House redistricting. 

Four bipartisan committees created the bill — Judiciary, Homeland Security, Ways and Means, and Oversight and Reform. So why does only McConnell get to decide the fate of the bill? This is a democracy. The senators elected by the people of their state should decide. 

Great athletes play by the rules because the rules make the game. Unprincipled athletes cheat or change the rules in order to win. Their victories ultimately destroy the game. McConnell misuses his power by obstructing the process to determine the will of the people. 

Voters must demand that McConnell bring the bill to a vote. If the bill is voted down, at least it was determined by the will of the people, not the will of Mitch McConnell. 

Margaret Groves


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