While Republicans have made reforming voting rules to disenfranchise voters a priority, fewer Democrats have used their majorities to make voting easier. While there are some exceptions, there is still more to be done everywhere.
That is why the extraordinary letters from members of Congress and Harris County officials are so important. These elected officials made clear that like their constituents, they are not prioritizing the development of legal precedent, but are demanding more litigation to fight for the right to vote.
Last week was the anniversary of Trump’s election defeat and the beginning of the Big Lie. But today I’m thinking of a different anniversary — the five-year anniversary of how our national nightmare began.
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.”
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 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.
The right to vote is under attack. And unless we reform voting jurisprudence, courts are not equipped to stop it. The time has come to restore the more probing analysis of voting restrictions articulated 50 years ago.
Those of us who care about democracy can no longer afford to rely on the type of prideful political courage Kennedy described in 1955. We must go further to display our own political courage by tackling these grave problems.