Donald Trump fired off his latest round of attacks on vote by mail, once again tweeting misleading distinctions between “absentee” and “mail-in” ballots. This is all part of his disinformation campaign to suppress the vote.
History has proven what Republicans will do in redistricting if they have complete power and who they will disenfranchise in the process. We need to ensure that Republicans cannot take control of redistricting again.
Every election, the excuses for long lines remain the same. And, every election, the faces of the voters standing in these lines remain the same: overwhelmingly, they are black voters, Latino voters and young voters.
Between 1-2% of mail ballots are rejected every election because they fail to meet hyper-technical state laws. Yet, the burdens of these laws do not fall equally on all voting populations.
Trump alone cannot move the election, and it is unlikely that Congress will agree to rewrite federal law to change the date. However, that doesn’t mean we can relax our fears about the ways in which COVID may impact the election
Vote by mail is always good policy, but right now it is a critical part of democracy. However, we must ensure that all eligible citizens are given a fair opportunity to cast their ballot and have that ballot count.
Sometimes a suppressive or unfair law remains in place because no one focused on its implication for the rights of voters. And, more often than not, a newly enacted suppressive law copies existing precedent in another state.
Imagine having $20 million and using it to oppose voting rights. That is what the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Trump campaign announced they will do in response to voting rights lawsuits my firm and I filed.
We have an epidemic of uncounted ballots. In every election, hundreds of thousands of voters nationwide are given the right to vote but not the right to have their vote counted. This creates a dangerous illusion of democracy.
Opposing minority voting rights is not the exception in today’s Republican party, it is the rule. It is a feature of what makes the Republican party attractive to its supporters, not a flaw the party wants to fix.