States are attacking our voting rights
Voting rights are under attack as states move to make it harder to vote. Already 14 states have passed laws within the past few months to limit voting access. More laws in more states are under consideration.
This is not good governance! It smacks of a loss of fundamental patriotism even as we recently acknowledged the ultimate sacrifice our service men and women gave for our democracy. Those who support such enactments should be ashamed. Those holding office should resign as they foul their oath given to protect our democracy.
AG Merrick Garland vows to protect our voting rights
Nick Niedzwiadek, reporting for Politico, shares his article that, Garland declares voting rights expansion ‘central’ to democracy. He writes:
“We know that expanding the ability of all eligible citizens to vote is a central pillar,” Garland said. “That means ensuring that all eligible voters can cast a vote; that all lawful votes are counted; and that every voter has access to accurate information.”
“There are many things that are open to debate in America, but the right of all eligible citizens to vote is not one of them,” he said. “The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, the right from which all other rights ultimately flow.”
Alana Wise, reporting for NPR, followed the same briefing in, AG Garland Vows To Defend Voting Rights As the ‘Cornerstone’ of American Democracy. She quotes Garland:
Nearly two and a half centuries into our experiment of ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people,’ we have learned much about what supports a healthy democracy. We know that expanding the ability of all eligible citizens to vote is the central pillar. That means ensuring that all eligible voters can cast a vote; that all lawful votes are counted; and that every voter has access to accurate information. The Department of Justice will never stop working to protect the democracy to which all Americans are entitled.
The Brennan Center notes that:
As of May 14, 2021, legislators have introduced 389 bills with restrictive provisions in 48 states. Twenty-two bills with restrictive provisions have already been enacted. In addition, at least 61 bills with restrictive provisions in 18 states are moving through legislatures: 31 have passed at least one chamber, while another 30 have had some sort of committee action.
Our form of government vests its power in the governed, establishing voting rights at its foundation. Our voting rights, our voting voices, are precious.
Presidential elections habitually assault our voting rights
Meanwhile, we continue with the travesty experienced with every presidential election as we throw away almost half (48%) of the ballots cast. The Electoral College never is engaged to translate these “tossed aside” into electoral votes, making a mockery of the voting process. We’ve done so for over 200 years. It’s become a bad habit.
Our voting rights are under assault but it’s not a new encounter. Whenever we deny any eligible citizen their access to the ballot or when we toss them aside when completed, our democracy crumbles.
Equal Voice Voting (EVV) protects our voting rights
The key tenet of All Votes Matter! is that our voting rights, this central pillar to our democracy, is revered, preserved, and protected. Every branch of our government, both federal and state, must adhere to this truth.
Equal Voice Voting (EVV) ensures that every vote cast for a presidential candidate makes a difference. Further, EVV ensures that all viable ballots gain representation in the Electoral College and are not cast aside, disenfranchising the voters, attacking the seat of power in our nation.
Voting rights in the United States of America should never be under assault. Further, such rights should never be under in question from within our own government. Patriotic leaders know this. Patriots know this. Where are they?
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By Jerry Spriggs and the Equal Voice Voting Team