- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In my opinion it would be best if all ballots did away with party affiliation of candidates (“U.S. blocks nonpartisan vote in N.C.,” Page 1, Oct. 20). Think about it: The electorate would have to be educated enough to know the candidates’ names and to associate those names with political parties and perhaps some campaign rhetoric.

The Justice Department has insulted the black electorate of Kinston, N.C., by saying they are incapable of the meager intelligence required to cast a vote without party designations listed on the ballot. It’s the Justice Department that appears not only racist but also highly partisan.

KATHERINE BUTCHER

Gambrills, Md.

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