READERS WRITE: NOV. 13

Early voting’s for those who toe Democratic party line

I don’t understand those who vote so far in advance of Election Day. The possibilities are real that last-minute information may become available that could affect your decision, yet you have cast your vote and have no recourse. Voting is a privilege, so why not give yourself a few extra days to cast your ballot with the latest information at hand? Voting early is a Democratic thing; its sole purpose to lock in votes so individuals cannot change their minds. It’s a control mechanism for those who vote the way they are told to vote, not for those who independently make up their minds based on the facts. Have you simply voted the party line? Or have you studied the candidates and become familiar with the various stances and issues? Did you vote as you were told by your political party, whether they were right or wrong?

ALAN CRIBB, TUCKER

Boosters showed difference between political camps

“Big time boosters” (Metro, Nov. 2), the AJC’s reporting on campaign appearances by Oprah Winfrey and Mike Pence, showcases the deep differences between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp. Winfrey’s and Abrams’ event was a conversation between two like-minded people. The moment was barely political. “Winfrey avoided direct references” to either Trump or Kemp, instead stressing the importance of voting. She supported Abrams because of her positions on “Medicaid expansion, protecting the environment, and gun control.” By contrast, Pence “assailed” Abrams and her “high-profile supporters.” He “blasted” Winfrey’s appearance and called Abrams “unqualified” to be governor and criticized her “history and positions [as] bad.’” Winfrey and Abrams talked about down-home topics like religion, cooking and family. The Pence-Kemp article included the audience’s enthusiasm for Pence’s “polarizing effect,” Trump’s MAGA slogan, and Trump’s immigration policies. In effect, one event said, “I am a person like all of you,” and the other said, “We are people like Trump.”

RICKS CARSON, ATLANTA

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