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This blog is established to recall Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed for failure to perform his duty. You may comment and submit information on-line. If you would like to help, contact Linda Jordan, State Coordinator, at People are encouraged to download, print and share the petition text with others but petitions for signature gathering can not be printed until the Attorney General writes the ballot synopsis and the sufficiency of the charges are upheld in Court.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Martin is simply attempting to do what Sam won't do

April 5. 2005
Letter to the Seattle Times
by Linda Jordan

Your editorial writer Joni Balter tried, but she will never be able to tar and feather Martin Ringhofer as "racist", "nasty", or a man who is "engaged in a despicable witch hunt". ('A nasty turn in election challenge' 4-5-05) Why? Because he is none of those things.

The Secretary of State, Sam Reed, has refused to purge our voter rolls of illegal aliens. Martin is simply attempting to do what he won't do. Without access to Social Security and INS computers his only option was to look through the hundreds of thousands of names, by hand, and pull the ones that sounded foreign, like his name. Ringhofer.

Martin is a naturalized citizen from Austria. He dreamed about becoming an American and he did not cheat in order to accomplish that goal. He arrived with his parents in 1965, waited five years to apply for citizenship, studied hard, took the test and in1972 he became an American. He voted that year too. Funny thing, he had to prove he was a citizen before they would let him vote and he was happy to do it.

I find that people who are citizens by choice quite often have a deeper understanding and appreciation of American democracy. They look at voting as an almost sacred right and duty.

Thats Martin. He understands that the right to vote is a cornerstone of our great country and he wants to protect it.


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