As summer went by, Republicans devoted their energy to passing restrictive voting laws. States began the decennial redistricting process, and courts handed down significant decisions that reshaped access to the ballot box.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The 26th Amendment has often been used in litigation to protect the rights of voters of all ages. League of Women Voters of Florida v. Lee highlights a failed attempt by Republican legislators and officials to limit the voices of young voters.
While there is still work to be done to address legal and structural barriers to voting for individuals of all ages, races and socioeconomic statuses, the 26th Amendment remains critical to fighting voter suppression.
The voter transportation ban and absentee ballot organizing ban do not make Michigan elections more secure, but instead disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters who rely on get-out-the-vote efforts.
The Republican Party is unified in its collaborative efforts to target and suppress voters, and the courts have failed to hold them accountable. Unfortunately, things have not changed as dramatically as the courts had promised.
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