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.
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.
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.
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.
In a nation founded on the promise of representative democracy, voting is one of the most sacred and fundamental rights we have — so much so that the right to vote is effectively synonymous with citizenship itself.
It’s easy to blame Trump for everything. But, thankfully, he is not that smart and can’t stay on point. Still, we came way too close in the illegal insurrection and attempted coup on January 6.
As we mark the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington, a protest march where some 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., it’s more critical than ever that we stay vigilant.
One after another, judges that would not have been seated had Chairman Grassley honored the blue slip, (and his word), have cast deciding votes that have resulted in repugnant outcomes.
We cannot count on the courts to defend the right to vote. It will be legislation, not litigation, that ensures our democracy is strong and that our federal elections in 2022 and beyond are free and fair.
More and more, the courts are at risk of failing precisely when they are needed most. Democrats should take this threat seriously and learn from Brnovich: to protect voting rights, they must reform the courts.
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