Our mission must be to strengthen our institutions and voting laws. We will not achieve a healthy democracy by simply blocking bad things from happening or trying to restore institutions to what they were four years ago.
As we head toward January 20th, many are asking: how do we harness the power of unified control of government and the progressive community to ensure that we never find ourselves in this position again?
The traitors in that violent mob did not act on their own. The events of January 6 began much earlier, seeded and spurred on by a deranged president and many of the nation’s most powerful Republican politicians.
Trumpism has taught us that, for our democracy to survive, we cannot allow ourselves to be exposed to public evils from private vices. This means hardening our institutions of democracy and making them more explicit.
The pandemic has already deprived college students of precious time on campuses with their friends and faculty this fall. We cannot allow it to deprive them of their right to vote.
Every election, the excuses for long lines remain the same. And, every election, the faces of the voters standing in these lines remain the same: overwhelmingly, they are black voters, Latino voters and young voters.
Between 1-2% of mail ballots are rejected every election because they fail to meet hyper-technical state laws. Yet, the burdens of these laws do not fall equally on all voting populations.
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