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Does it make sense to you that in a democracy those elected to Congress can block bills from being presented in the House or Senate? This prevents education about, and a vote on, those bills. If those in the House or the Senate are opposed to a bill they could vote no, and if in favor they could vote yes.

Why have we allowed the leaders of those bodies to prevent bills from coming to the floor? This does not sound like a democratic process, but rather a way for a party or individuals to wield power — for good or for ill. Why can’t there be a vote on measures to seek greater security for our national elections? The right to vote and voting security seem to me to be precious hallmarks of a democratic society. Allowing both a voice and a vote help give us a “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Linda Gelbrich

Corvallis (July 29)

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