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ALEXA WALL

Penngrove

Voter confusion

EDITOR: Suggesting that the name of the American Independent Party is the main reason for voter confusion in California is a red herring (“American Independent Party name continues to confuse state voters,” Monday).

I registered “no party preference” to be able to take part in the open candidate choosing afforded by the Democratic Party’s presidential primary. No-party-preference registered voters are allowed by the Democratic Party to vote in its presidential primary. Republicans do not allow this.

My area had no polling place. I was forced to vote by mail only. When my mail-in ballot arrived, there was no Democratic presidential candidate ballot. No presidential ballot. The no-party-preference registered voters in California who had the right to vote in the Democratic primary were purposefully excluded by party elections officials.

Quiet, underhanded, bureaucratic denials are how elections get skewed and lost or won. I maintain Bernie Sanders would have won California’s Democratic presidential primary. But, no, we had the legacy family of the global corporatist Clintons crammed down our throats, and we see the result.

Joseph Stalin is often quoted as having said some version of “It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.”

RAY MORGAN

Santa Rosa

The next sheriff

EDITOR: Sonoma County voters have an important decision to make this year. Who will be our next sheriff?

As a former supervisor of the jail mental health unit, I had the opportunity to work with Mark Essick when he was early in his career as a correctional officer. One of the most challenging assignments at the jail is the mental health module. I was always impressed with Essick’s calm and professional manner when he was assigned to the mental health module. He was always very patient with this special inmate population.

It’s no surprise that he has advanced up the ranks with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. His experience as a correctional officer, deputy, investigator and captain provide the qualifications for being our next sheriff. I believe he will instill and expect the deputies to be held to a high standard under his supervision.

It takes courage to consider being sheriff particularly in today’s highly charged political environment. In my opinion, if elected, Essick will be an exemplary example of what Sonoma County residents expect from someone in this vitally important position. I hope enough Sonoma County voters join me in electing him as our next sheriff.

RICHARD HIRE

Cloverdale

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