Wisconsin’s April primary election illustrated what could go wrong in an American election during a pandemic. Voters faced long lines, conflicting government orders, and spikes of the virus. Wisconsin was only the beginning.
There are now less than 100 days until the November election and Republicans are in a full-scale panic. Posed to lose control of the White House, the Senate and see their numbers dwindle in the House, Republicans are turning to the only trick they have left—voter suppression.
And, increasingly, they are turning to the courts for help in blocking the vote.
When the history of this era is written, June 2020 will be remembered as the month that Americans could no longer avert their eyes to the systemic racial injustice in our society. In the midst of a pandemic, and under threat from militarized police—and in some instances the military itself—we witnessed brave men and women take to the streets to say enough is enough: we will not stand by as Black men and women are systematically targeted and killed based on the color of their skin.
Last month, I noted that the Republican National Committee had pledged $10 million to fight our voting rights efforts in court. This month, they doubled it to $20 million, while also announcing that they plan to recruit 50,000 poll watchers/challengers.
While it is increasingly clear that the President’s obsession with vote by mail is affecting all aspects of the Republican Party and the right-wing, we have stayed focused on expanding voting rights for all eligible voters.