It is totally ridiculous to compare the recent conviction of Paul Schurick for vote suppression with the aftermath of the 1994 Maryland gubernatorial election. The letter writer claims as fact that Democrats cast votes from dead people, prisoners and out of staters ("Democrats aren't so clean," Dec. 8). The Ellen Sauerbrey campaign had its day in court on the issue of voter fraud and proved none of this. The only thing Ms. Sauerbrey's hired gun experts proved was that an astounding number of people in Baltimore City voted for the Democrat, Parris Glendening.

The judge (who admitted he had voted for Ms. Sauerbrey) ruled against them resoundingly, and Mr. Glendening became governor. Considering that the margin of victory was very slim in 1994, I don't think the Sauerbrey campaign had to prove very much.

The Republican apologists for the machinations of Robert L. Ehrlich, Julius Henson and Mr. Schurick seem to also forget that the vote suppression statute was not enacted until 2005. They either have very little awareness of recent history or hope that a plurality of Marylanders have a shared amnesia.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore