Letter to the Editor: Best Case Made for ‘Count My Vote’ Initiative

I saw the news report about state GOP chairman James Evans hanging up the phone on Eliza McIntosh, a wheelchair-bound party delegate whose vote could not be counted when the chairman called for a standing vote after an unclear voice vote at the recent state convention.

Such votes are allowed per party bylaws, which reflects how insular and insensitive the party remains when it should have long ago anticipated such situations and amended its bylaws accordingly. Evans unwittingly but very symbolically made the case for the “Count My Vote” movement he has fought so hard against.

I no longer want to affiliate with a party that has been hijacked at the national level; and, at the state level, has come to represent one-party government with increasingly reduced transparency; rejection of federal funding for Medicaid expansion to help working people whose jobs pay too little for them to qualify for private health insurance subsidies, while it accepts as much federal money as possible for projects that may benefit wealthy campaign donors; the commercialization of land sacred to Native Americans; and the turning-out of a nationally-regarded United States Senator, Bob Bennett, before his many supporters could re-elect him. Indeed the state GOP has become an embarrassment for many of us vacating registered Republicans.