When Sen. Susan Collins recently voted against voting rights legislation and stated that this gave too much power to the federal government, I, along with so many people with whom I talked, was deeply disappointed. Without federal voting rights legislation, it seems that Congress is willing to allow states to once again undermine voting rights and laws in the many ways they used to and have already begun to do.

Last night on NPR, I heard that Sen. Collins is organizing a bipartisan committee to work on the Electoral Count Act. This makes me feel that perhaps she does care about making voting more fair, and has not fallen back on the easy rationalizations that allow Republican inaction. It makes me hopeful about her commitment to one critical aspect of a fair and honest voting system.

This is an excellent opportunity for Sen. Collins to work with fellow senators to forestall threats to the integrity of our elections.

Many observant, knowledgeable and thoughtful people feel that our democracy is in peril. Sen. Collins is one of the people who has the power to work with the best of our leaders to stand against the injustice and danger on the horizon. We will watch to see that she carries through on her promise.

Martha Burtt

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