.Letter to the Editor: Let Us Choose

I know that the Electoral College is not a democratic voting system since small states have undue influence, which they increase by gerrymandering. However, as much as possible, voters need to be the ones choosing their representatives, not the reverse.

We need federal reform to ensure we have fair maps nationwide. The Freedom to Vote Act and John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will end partisan gerrymandering and ensure more fair, transparent and nonpartisan maps.

However, the freedom to vote is under attack by extremist state lawmakers across the country who want to put up deliberate barriers to make it harder to vote—especially for people of color.

I believe our elected representatives support the federal standards in these two acts, but elsewhere elected representatives are refusing standards in the interest of reducing participation.

Olof Hellen 

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Santa Cruz


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