Letters to the Editor

Robbed of choice by new voting system

When I registered to vote for the very first time, in 1959, I was the proudest man on the face of the earth. I had come of age and, I felt, had truly become an American citizen.

I have traditionally voted the Democratic ticket, my choice. One exception, for example, was Dan Evans. He, in my estimation, was the best governor our state has ever had. He was a Republican, sure, but I voted for him, anyway. My concern was for the welfare of the state, and in my mind, it wasn’t a party issue. It was my choice. After all, we are told to vote according to our conscience. I did.

Now, I’m sad to say, our right to freedom of choice in this state has been severely restricted by the requirement to vote a straight party ticket. That is unconscionable. I truly hope our state government will reconsider establishing this restriction.

I will always remain a loyal Democrat, but I still want the right to vote for what and-or whom that will best serve our country, state or city.

I am an American, first and foremost.

Gary Phillip Jones

Federal Way

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