Used as a tool to silence communities and strip them of their power, felony disenfranchisement has no place in our democracy.
As November inches closer, the midterm elections will be the center of attention, and it’s important to remember that young people have power.
With the ongoing attacks on the integrity of our elections and on democracy itself, there is simply too much at stake to remain on the sidelines. That’s why I’m in this fight.
Young people ages 18-29 turned out to vote at historic rates in 2018 and 2020, and their participation could be decisive in the upcoming midterms. But that participation is not a given.
Massachusetts has long prided itself on creating blueprints for change, but so far, our Commonwealth has not been the leader it can – and should – be on voting rights and access.
In 2021, there were 146 bills aimed at restricting or abolishing the ballot measure process. These restrictive measures take a variety of forms, but they all have the same function: to undermine the will of the people and diminish their decision-making power.
The solution to our current crisis of democracy: proportional representation and a multiparty system. It’s proven to ensure that all votes count equally, all voters are better represented and anti-democratic forces are sidelined.
Months after voters approved progressive measures, a court blocked Mississippi’s ballot initiative process. Now, the Republican Legislature is attempting to reinstate the process, but with vast government overreach that rolls back the power of voters.
Federal voting rights legislation has stalled and with little chance of it ever passing during this current Congress, the nation is now looking to the states to protect and expand our most fundamental rights.
The most meaningful thing you can do is run for office yourself – in most states, it’s not too late to get on the ballot this year. If you’re not ready to run just yet, you can make just as big a difference by investing your time and money toward local races.
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