My good friend, Greg Williams, and I put this together, going out to more than 400 papers today:
Sent out again on 2/24
Op Ed Submission – Protect Your Right to Vote – 2/20/21
Every American, of whatever political persuasion, should be appalled by the brazen efforts of conservatives to curb, restrict, or block their right to vote!
Since the Florida 2000 presidential election debacle, the proposed 2019 “For the People Act” (HR 1) is the most robust collection of democracy voter protections in a generation.
According to a February 3, 2021 Brennan Center for Justice report: just since the violent January 6 Capitol insurrection, state legislatures already had proposed a colossal 165 bills to make voting more burdensome. As of February 23, the updated in real-time Voting Rights Lab’s State Voting Rights Tracker reveals that the number exceeds 240 bills. Each one intends to make voting trickier and more difficult, either by reducing vote-by-mail (VBM) or voter registration, imposing stricter voter-ID laws, or allowing voter-roll purging.
These laws are a direct responses to the baseless weaponized lies claiming that widespread voter fraud is real. Not one scrap of credible, empirical evidence shows that such fraud exists. Unsupported bits of isolated anecdotes are pointless.
We need to make voting easier and redistricting (i.e., gerrymandering) harder, and enacting federal safeguards is the only practical path.
Especially in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised populations, the “For the People Act” would reinforce voting rights. Other examples of those communities include college students, urbanites, people with disabilities, convicted felons, and older Americans.
One strategy for hoarding national power is to suppress the voting numbers, specifically those disenfranchised groups. A supporting factoid came from Trump himself. He told Fox & Friends that Democratic calls for the broader use of VBM would cause “levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”
The good news is that other state lawmakers are taking advantage of an invigorated electorate and the patriotic fervor for democracy reform. As of February 3, 541 state legislators across the US had introduced, prefiled, or carried over bills to expand voting access.
The “For the People Act” would create strong “ethics” measures for elections and our government. It also would weaken political corruption, such as the influence of “big money” in politics.
All of us should voice our concerns about the pernicious forces trying to disenfranchise millions of Americans. Here’s how you can get these voter protections passed: Call (202) 224-3121 for the U.S. House switchboard operator and ask to be connected to your Representative (by name). Then urge them to at once pass the “For the People Act”!
67% of voters support bold democracy reforms!
Greg Williams, Ph.D., Fielding Research Fellow and Nonprofit Research Policy Analyst | Specializing in Democracy, Voter-Fraud Disinformation, and Voter Suppression
Washington, DC, 423-943-7622
Former prosecutor and founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE