I was disheartened to read the excuses for not voting offered by two letter writers ["Readers say why they didn't vote," Nov. 12].

One laments the lack of quality candidates, but that's no excuse. There are paper ballots where one can write in any name.

The other writer says he hasn't voted in a national election since 1984. He blames the system but says that he would vote if leaders of other countries, such as China, were eligible because they don't bomb or invade other countries. He would rather have the leader of one of the world's most repressive regimes?

When enough people find enough excuses not to vote, America will be lost.

Robert Nielsen, Baldwin

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