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DEMONSTRATING IN SUPPORT OF VOTING RIGHTS — DeLand Quakers rally Jan. 15 with other peaceful demonstrators at the International Speedway Boulevard Bridge in Daytona Beach to support passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act of 2021. From left are Bill Brennan, Elizabeth Camarota, Joy Brennan, Cindy Kwalwasser, Kathy Hersh, Bill Kwalwasser and Susan Vaughen. Similar demonstrations occurred at bridges across America to highlight the critical importance of passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act of 2021. These acts would strengthen voting access for all eligible voters across America no matter what their racial, ethnic, social or economic status. According to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, in 2021 at least 19 states, including Florida, enacted 34 laws restricting access to voting. PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN VAUGHEN

Editor, The Beacon:

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, the evidence revealed in the latest federal indictment of Donald Trump should disturb every American who cares about protecting our freedom to vote and our democracy. Trump was charged with four criminal counts, including conspiracy to defraud our country and impede our right to vote.

According to the indictment, Trump cooked up numerous illegal schemes to stay in power after losing the 2020 presidential election — including counterfeiting electoral certificates that declared him the winner. He and his cronies leaned on everyone they could to carry out their plans, from state officials to former Vice President Mike Pence.

When they couldn’t steal the presidency by throwing out votes or through phony paperwork, they rioted on our nation’s Capitol in an attempt to stop the election from being certified.

Some pundits are treating Trump’s indictment like political theater, but that’s not what this is about. It’s about being able to confidently cast our ballots as Americans, certain that our vote will be counted, no matter our political party. It’s about whether a president and his allies who are trying to cling to power should be able to throw out votes that they don’t like. The answer, of course, must be resoundingly no. We, the American people, choose our leaders, and not the other way around.

These are serious crimes against our country. To preserve the rule of law and our democracy, we must let the legal process proceed, without interruption or interference.

Our democracy depends on it.

Larry E. Hicks Sr.




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