Voter suppression laws are good if they keep the wrong people from casting ballots [Letter]

I see from The Sun's letters column that the cheering section has now come out to laud the appointment of Rep. Elijah Cummings to the House Select Committee on Benghazi ("Pelosi appoints Cummings to lead Democrats on Benghazi panel," May 21).

Personally, I thought it highly unfortunate that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chose such an ill-suited and partisan group of representatives for the Democratic side of the panel.

Instead of the studied and relatively non-partisan body that approached Watergate, we get the equivalent of Soviet-era apparatchiks who do not want to wind up in the Lubyanka if their side is shown to be in error. Such partisan hackery has not been seen since the days of Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed.

I do agree with one position taken by Congressman Cummings — that Voter ID laws will suppress minority voting.

Unfortunately for Mr. Cummings, the minority voters suppressed — while near and dear to Democrats across the country — are precisely the ones most of us are happy to see suppressed: illegal voters; repeat voters ("vote early and often"); out-of-state voters; dual-state registered voters; and college students registered to vote in another state. I'm glad to hear that these "minority" votes are being suppressed.

Stephen L. Sewell, Aberdeen

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