They point to the gutting of the Voting Rights Act
Important to point out here that no individual lost the right to vote because of the Shelby County decision.
and voter purges
Reviews of voter rolls are necessary for free and fair election.
systematic gerrymandering throughout the country
Been going on since we’ve had a country.
“a built-in conflict of interest in the system”
That is indeed true.
“Electoral College system that overrides millions of popular votes.”
But insures that regional constituencies are taken into account, not just the 20 largest urban areas.
For example, Stan Stanart is running Harris County’s election. Stan Stanart is a Republican candidate for re-election. I’m sure he’s an honest guy — I’m just saying, the appearance doesn’t look good.”
That’s absolutely correct.
“If it’s a reality, Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reducing voter turnout — selectively — by invalidating disproportionately Democratic registrations. “
Not sure we know enough about this matter yet to know what’s real and what’s not. But you’re right, a person who is on the ballot shouldn’t be in charge of registrations or elections.
“You ask why turnout is low,” said Debra Cleaver, founder of Vote.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit digital voting organization that uses digital technology to increase voter turnout. “It’s because it’s too complicated to vote in the United States — and I would go further to say that is intentional on behalf of elected officials.”
Complexity is one issue. But for many Americans, their federal government and what it does is so far removed from their daily lives that it’s “ignorable.”
“Voter ID laws do not solve an actual problem — unless the problem is black and brown people casting ballots,” she said. “Over the past two decades, documented in-person voter fraud has been extremely rare. Statistically, you’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit voter fraud.”
Several thoughts here:
- Voter ID is an international standard for free and fair elections. There’s no reason why it should not be implemented nationwide. There are no negatives to it, provided, and as the SCOTUS has ruled, the necessary voting documentation is free and easily obtained.
- We don’t do enough in-depth analytics on voting and voters to be able to say with any authority “we don’t have a problem.” In general, we don’t look for voter fraud very professionally; and if we don’t look, we can’t find.
Voters, many of whom have busy lives, should be able to register to vote on Election Day.
I don’t know about on the day itself, but certainly voter reg can be made easier. Motorvoter, for example.
Making Election Day a national holiday is another approach we could learn from other countries.
Yep. Or move it to Saturdays.
There every voter is given four $25 vouchers to donate to the candidate of their choice.
Well, when money is involved, you;ll get pushback. Before anyone jumps in to try that sort of thing, I’d like to see some data that it’s effective and manageable.
I’m trying not to be dramatic but it does seem like representational democracy is at stake.
Not sure from what. Probably best to say that you have a polarizing president who has polarized the electorate, and leave it at that.