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Democrats’ defense of voting rights isn’t shameless. But Republicans’ silence is shameful.

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Can’t believe I’m going to share this story to get into a considered opinion on voting rights, but . . . here goes. Back in the day, when you had to go to a store to rent movies on VHS tapes, a certain hormonal teen approached the counter with four or so G-rated titles. As I handed them to the clerk, I prayed he would make no mention of the racy movie mingled with them.

No such luck. The clerk rattled off each title aloud. And when he hit that smutty film, he not only raised his voice, he turned a one-syllable title into a multi-second public comeuppance. Shamed but undeterred, I took the movie home.

This embarrassing episode came to mind after reading John C. Ackerman’s op-ed in The Post entitled “Are our election laws here in Illinois also ‘21st century Jim Crow?’”

No Republican president has won Illinois since 1988, thus defining it as a blue state. Ackerman, a Republican and the county clerk in Tazewell County Ill., uses that status to hammer away at Democratic criticisms of new voter (suppression) laws in Republican-controlled states. He compares and contrasts Illinois’ restrictions on vote-by-mail, third-party ballot collection,........

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