North Carolina’s experience over the last decade demonstrates exactly what the costs of gerrymandering are. It deprives citizens of their voice in our democracy and dilutes the power of distinct communities to advocate for their interests.
Too many in the media failed to recognize that Arizona Republicans created a partisan spectacle because Republicans wanted it to be a partisan spectacle. The base of the Republican Party believes the lies underpinning the Arizona effort.
This is a dangerous time in our country’s history. There is simply no historical analog in American politics to the current war the Republican Party is waging on election results and the transfer of power.
At this turning point for democracy, we encourage everyone who shares our values of wanting all eligible Americans to vote to join the fight. We need action: legal, legislative and the registration and turnout of eligible voters.
The biggest predictor of whether a state will draw fair maps is whether a single party controls the map-drawing process. An increase in the use of commissions and instances of divided governments means fairer maps are more likely.
Now, a compromise bill, the Freedom the Vote Act — based on the For the People Act and a framework announced by Sen. Joe Manchin earlier this summer — offers Democrats a path forward. This is the vehicle that can become law.
In today’s piece, we walk through what the Freedom to Vote Act would do to expand access to voting and protect our elections, how it compares to the For the People Act and what its prospects for passage in the Senate are.
As Black women born and raised in the South, we know all too well the painful history of voting discrimination in this nation. We grew up listening to the stories of literacy tests, poll taxes, and other barriers to the ballot box.
If the bill is enacted, more citizens will be able to have their votes counted. And, those of us fighting suppression laws in court will have the tools necessary to achieve fast, consistent victories.
At any given time, there are roughly 750,000 Americans in jails and most of them are legally allowed to cast ballots. In Pennsylvania, these people are eligible to register and vote. No eligible voter should be denied their right.
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