Editor, The Commercial:

Editor, The Commercial:

I would like to tell you a story about a woman that was born seven years before women won the right to vote. As soon as she was old enough she had her father hook up the horse and wagon so she could register to vote in the next election.

Poll taxes had to be paid in order to vote, and her father was a share cropper so money was hard to come by, but it was so important to her that somehow the money was found. She truly believed as I do, that her one vote could make a difference. She also believed that her vote was also a sacred secret too.

She was a strong woman although she was physically handicapped from a very young age. She had strong opinions and was not timid about voicing them. I guess I inherited that gene. After she went to live in a nursing home, she voted by absentee vote, still secretly. Even though failing eyesight forced her to use a magnifying glass, she continued to cast her vote. She instilled in her daughter and her grandchildren how important it is to have a voice in every election.

The right to vote means the ability to choose elected officials among a field of candidates with competing views. The right to be free from unequal treatment based on certain protected characteristics when voting is a civil liberty.

Now our mayor, Carl Redus, wants to take that hard won civil liberty away from us and give himself two more years in office without an election. Nothing in our town has ever caused so much turmoil like someone trying to take that right away from us. Not from just women, but from everyone. We want an election, not a selection.

Mary Jo McCord

Pine Bluff