Controversy over voting rights intensifies

As the Senate prepares to take up the For the People Act, fallout continues to mount from voter-suppression measures signed into law in Georgia on March 25 beneath a photo of a slave plantation tweeted by Governor Brian Kemp. Several Georgia-based corporations voiced opposition to the law while Major League Baseball moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in protest. In contrast, supporters of the law are perpetuating the lie that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election due to massive voter fraud. Meanwhile, more than 360 bills with provisions to restrict voting have been introduced in 47 state legislatures—a 43 percent increase between Feb. 19 and March 24, 2021, according to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice.

The most comprehensive democracy bill in decades, the For the People Act rests on three pillars: reaffirming and expanding voting rights, strengthening oversight to end big money in politics, and ensuring an ethical government. To achieve these goals, the bill would, among other things, institute automatic voter registration and voluntary public financing of campaigns, place new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering and purging voter rolls, and require candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns for the previous 10 years. The For the People Act also makes a strong argument for the District of Columbia to become the 51st state.

Tell your senators to support the For the People Act to ensure access to the ballot box and prevent states from restricting and suppressing the vote as Georgia has done.

14 responses to “Controversy over voting rights intensifies

  1. The Republicans pass laws that favor corporations over the public. The aware members of the public realize that the GOP is screwing them. The Democratic voters know this, but not enough Republican voters do. However, the anti-GOP voters are the majority. To remain in office, the GOP politicians must suppress the vote. The Southern Republican pols haven’t changed since the days of Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms.

  2. No Taxation Without Representation. Everyone should be allowed their Constitutional right to vote who is qualified, no matter what. Georgia’s attempt to manipulate the vote is appalling. We need to stop it immediately.

  3. When a person registers to vote, in all states, he/she must provide sufficient information to positively identify him/her. The voter then signs the registration. At the polls, or on absentee ballots, the voter must sign the ballot. The signatures are compared before the vote can happen or be counted. That has been sufficient in New Jersey for the 66 years I’ve been voting.

  4. This is incorrect in so many ways. The Georgia law, like many of the bills introduced by Republicans nationwide, is designed to suppress voting from the “wrong” people, that is people who typically do not vote Republican. If you want one-party rule, which is a mockery of democratic principles. It’s the result of the “Big Lie” and should be heartily rejected.

    Oh, and the painting Kemp was under was indeed a plantation

  5. The article above is very biased. Governor Kemp did not tweet beneath a photo of a plantation. This bill does not suppress the vote. It strengthens voter rights and eliminates voter fraud. What’s wrong with showing ID or a Driver’s license to identify that you are the voter? Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing – Dr. Phil.

      1. Bobby, the rules are for everyone to follow. Not just certain groups of people. Certain groups are making everything out to be racist including drug laws, voter laws and the criminal justice system. We can’t keep changing everything because one group doesn’t like to follow the rules.

        1. The article above is not biased, but based on facts that pro-Trump cult followers like Frank refuse to accept due to having been bamboozled by right-wing media like Fox Infotainment and Trump’s baseless big lie above widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Frank will probably remain cocooned within his QAnon bubble, though.

          1. Phil, you should be a comedian, not a teacher. You are incredibly WOKE too! Very impressive! Read the voter law that was recently enacted by Governor Kemp and let me know if you still have the same opinion. “Knowledge is power.”

          2. Phil and Frank, I am utterly sick of reading posts on social media that accuse the other side of being stupid, WOKE, bamboozled and in a bubble. Let’s stick to reality and avoid the name calling and insults. Republican voter suppression had been going one for years. Partisan gerrymandering, inadequate polling places, etc. didn’t begin yesterday. It mostly began, in earnest when the old voting act expired and wasn’t renewed by a Republican congress. And, it worked until the pandemic occurred resulting in relaxed rules about mail-in voting. There were questions about the 2016 election in some states with Republican legislatures and governors. Voters were purged from the roles. Polling places were closed resulting in terribly long lines and more. And then, because rules were changed addressing the pandemic, we now having a whole bunch of people claiming fraud in a handful of states. Republicans are trying to steal the 2020 election, not visa versa just have they have sought to deny the will of a majority of Americans in the Senate.
            The right to vote is in danger in many states. Republicans should concentrate on backing policies favored by the vast majority of Americans rather than trying to enforce the will of a minority through voter suppression and blocking good laws in the Senate.

        2. Frank, the Georgia legislature (and others) is the entity that is trying to change the rules. Whether or not the issue of race is a consideration, these laws will suppress the vote and infringe on the free speech of Georgians. Nevertheless, it is totally apparent that these laws are targeted toward a minority group of Georgians in specific parts of Georgia. As to the other “rules” you mention, we absolutely can change laws that are discriminatory and infringe upon the constitutional rights of our citizens.

          1. Thanks James but, there are no laws that are discriminatory or infringe upon the rights of our citizens. There are many who for selfish reasons or non compliance reasons are claiming that these laws have a disparate impact on certain races. They just don’t want to obey the law.

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