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.
Democrats need high levels of new voter registration, well-organized voter turnout operations and streamlined, constitutional and equitable access to the ballot box for voters of color in order to win elections.
Future students will, I hope, read in textbooks that it was because of the tremendous AAPI vote that Arizona and Georgia were delivered to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as well as the two game-changing Georgia Senate seats.
Not all bad laws come in big packages labeled voter suppression. Not all disenfranchisement tactics make the nightly news. Yet, regardless of the size of the law, the tragic result for democracy is the same.
The GOP in Texas can feel a diminishing grip on power, and in its thirst for control, has sold its soul to discrimination replacing constitutional protectionism with a rollback of voting rights for the disenfranchised.
The fight for voting rights requires us to use all the tools available to protect our democracy. From the courts, to Congress, to direct action, we can make a difference and protect our elections.
Limiting access to the ballot box weakens our electoral system. But, there’s another side effect of voter suppression laws: Limiting ballot access can have severe economic consequences for a state.
Now, with the ghost of Jim Crow threatening to rise, it is our responsibility to carry the work further and recommit to voting rights. Congressman Lewis and countless others fought for our right to vote. It is our job now to protect it.
We are experiencing an unprecedented attack on voting, election administration and democracy — and we must all prepare now. It is, as the President warned, “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.”