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.
Remember that suppressive provisions have already been successfully enacted this year in Texas, and that the legal challenges against them will have a significant effect on the state’s next elections.
The truth is that Republicans have made restricting the freedom to vote a central part of their platform, and they have rejected every proposal, compromise or not, that has come their way.
Over 145 bills proposed by Republican legislatures would reassign various powers of election officials and the executive branch to highly-partisan legislatures. This “legislative seizure” could have sweeping consequences.
Without election workers, we cannot have free and fair elections, and without elections, we will no longer have a democracy. We must act now to protect those who safeguard our right to vote.
American voters are poised to face unreasonably longlines just to exercise their constitutional right to vote. No democratic country should stand for a status quo where voters have to stand in line for hours.
The legislators who stood strong against the latest attack on the franchise will have an enormous burden to carry. We must help them by speaking out and supporting the movement to protect voting rights wherever it takes us.
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.
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.
Republicans are determined to make it even harder to cast a ballot in 2022, despite state election officials pulling off a historic election in the midst of a pandemic with no documented cases of voter fraud in 2021.