Oregon was the first state to conduct elections exclusively by mail. This policy change, made possible by a citizens’ ballot initiative, has revolutionized democratic participation in our state and helped us make elections more accessible.
A Supreme Court decision further eroded the VRA by upholding an Arizona law that disqualifies ballots cast by voters at any poll site other than the one assigned — a technicality that has been shown to disproportionately impact minority communities.
Nicholas Stephanopoulos is a legal scholar and lawyer. We reached out to discuss the efficiency gap, a redistricting metric used to measure partisan fairness coined by himself and political scientist Eric McGhee.
Voting is a right, not a privilege. But during the 2021 legislative session, Montana legislators seemed to forget this central tenet and passed a myriad of bills suppressing Montanans’ fundamental right to vote.
The fear of Democrats losing power in the upcoming elections has become commonplace and is only intensifying as we approach midterms, but this doesn’t have to be the case. We can walk and chew gum at the same time.
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.
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