Republican legislatures in the states will continue to try and limit access to the ballot box no matter what. Until we have federal legislation like the For the People Act, our voting rights are in the hands of the courts and the people.
While the American people continue to raise their voices and push for reforms, we need voting rights lawyers to continue to show up in court and tell the stories of American citizens whose right to vote is being threatened.
Now is the moment to show Senator Manchin that we do not have to compromise with corruption, racism and minority rule. Now is the moment to reveal to all of America that Republicans have rejected democracy.
It shouldn’t be easier to vote in Maine than Montana. Voting rights for our neighbors matter as much as our own, especially when the relic of white supremacy that is the Electoral College remains in place.
The time for self-congratulatory advertisements and press statements has passed. If business leaders want to be part of the solution, they need to start flexing their corporate muscle and actually do the work.
Of the 6 million Ohioans who voted in 2020, only 2.47 million voted on Election Day. The majority of voters voted by mail or voted early. It’s a good thing they did, if they wanted to avoid having to cast a provisional ballot.
AVR just makes sense. Citizens should not have to opt-in to their fundamental right to vote, any more than they have to opt in to free speech or due process. It is the government’s job to make voting easy.
The House should be reminded of Fannie Lou Hamer’s courage in 1964. She may have lost that election contest, but she won a valuable tool for fighting voter suppression that is still relevant today.
The For the People Act leaves open the door to novel barriers erected by wily vote suppressors. How could the Act slam this door shut? The most promising proposal is an amendment drafted by Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY).
With H.R.1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act stalled in Congress, we asked our contributors to think beyond existing federal legislation and to share other new, bold, voter-centric policy ideas.