Democratic control in Washington is not safe while Republicans in the states are working overtime to destroy our democracy, defying the will of the voters and insulating their extremist members from accountability.
Every day the proponents of the Big Lie are speaking louder. If Democrats do not make preventing the Big Lie from becoming a pillar of the state a top priority, we will lose not only elections but our democracy.
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).
This is an attempted power grab, pure and simple. All of this scheming ignores the will of the voters and the very real problems in our elections like lack of funding, resources, and voter access.
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.
Among the most overlooked, but most important, provisions of the omnibus voter suppression law enacted in Georgia are new provisions that encourage mass challenges and threaten counties that refuse to abide them.
The disenfranchisement of Washingtonians is one of the most glaring civil rights issues of our time. D.C. statehood is the only way to ensure American citizens living in Washington, D.C. have full access to our democracy.
As voting rules and restrictions became more partisan, corporate America has largely tried to ignore the potential controversy, fearful of what standing up for voting rights could mean for their bottom line.
Ultimately, the strength of our democracy depends not on any one voice, company, or state. It’s not enough for the business community to denounce attacks on our democracy—we must also act.
A democracy agenda has to include a renewed focus on these fundamentals. We need to replace voting systems that were purchased after the 2000 election and that are now well past the end of their lifespan.