Wisconsin’s April primary election illustrated what could go wrong in an American election during a pandemic. Voters faced long lines, conflicting government orders, and spikes of the virus. Wisconsin was only the beginning.
We can’t let the current crisis facing USPS lock millions of Americans out of our voting process. With the current absentee ballot rejection rate reaching as high as 8-10%, how we cast our ballots this year matters.
College students face an uncertain Fall semester. COVID-19 creates a long list of questions and worries. And, as we head toward a contentious November election, add to that list confusion about how and where to vote.
Donald Trump fired off his latest round of attacks on vote by mail, once again tweeting misleading distinctions between “absentee” and “mail-in” ballots. This is all part of his disinformation campaign to suppress the 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.
Trump alone cannot move the election, and it is unlikely that Congress will agree to rewrite federal law to change the date. However, that doesn’t mean we can relax our fears about the ways in which COVID may impact the election
Vote by mail is always good policy, but right now it is a critical part of democracy. However, we must ensure that all eligible citizens are given a fair opportunity to cast their ballot and have that ballot count.
Sometimes a suppressive or unfair law remains in place because no one focused on its implication for the rights of voters. And, more often than not, a newly enacted suppressive law copies existing precedent in another state.
Imagine having $20 million and using it to oppose voting rights. That is what the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Trump campaign announced they will do in response to voting rights lawsuits my firm and I filed.