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James Murphy, Fargo, Published June 17 2012

Vote suppressed in city of Fargo?

It used to be easy to just stroll down the street and vote in our nice taxpayer-owned and funded public school. But then the nanny state determined it was too dangerous for our youngsters to witness democracy in action by their parents and neighbors and friends.

So the local church was more courageous than the school board and braved having ID-wielding registered voters enter.

When I got to the church Tuesday, they told me my polling place had again changed. After being misdirected to “turn off Main because of road construction,” I finally made it through the road closures and was able to vote.

Now I will admit there were no Black Panthers glowering at me with night sticks as I entered, but it seemed like the powers that be made it as hard to vote as possible. If I were old or sick or disabled or challenged by language, it would have been impossible.