That’s real fraud

The plan of Republicans in North Carolina to enact voter-ID laws is pure smokescreen designed to divert our attention from the very real and systematic vote fraud perpetrated by Republicans [“Is Voter ID Worth the Burden,” Feb. 6 Xpress”].

The state's grossly gerrymandered districts — engineered in 2010 by Republicans funded by shadowy state and national groups with secret funding — effectively diminished the political clout of Asheville's liberal electorate by dividing the city in half.

I see no evidence that either of the men who benefitted from the gerrymandering — conservatives Patrick McHenry and Mark Meadows — have any intention of representing the voters of Asheville. Although Asheville is the largest and arguably the most dynamic city in Western North Carolina, neither McHenry nor Meadows opened an office here. The gerrymandering, the phony voter-ID laws, and the insult of no local congressional office: That's real fraud.

— Michael Carlebach
Asheville

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