Voter Education is the Way Out of America’s Voting Rights Mess, and with the recent defeat of the excellent voting rights legislative proposals in the Senate, I can understand how some citizens can become discouraged at this juncture. However, we must look to the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King for guidance, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”.
Our hope lies in our own actions given the status of voter suppression (denying one’s right to vote with discriminatory impact) and election subversion (using the levers of power in the administration of elections in a partisan manner to overturn legitimate election results) in many states.
While lawyers and legislators fight the good fight in courts, state legislatures and Congress, every citizen can do her/his part to keep elections free and fair through the voter education offered in votingforbeginners.com. Know the rules. Know the changes in voting laws. Know how to register and have your vote counted. Share it with your family and friends. When voters are educated I am confident they will vote to be represented by politicians that will ensure voter suppression and election subversion have no place in our democracy.
TOP 3 TIPS FOR VOTERS THAT GO WITH VOTING EDUCATION:
- Check your State/County voting rules EARLY.
- Register to vote EARLY.
- Vote EARLY.
Voter Suppression Laws In Certain States Are Unfortunately Alive And Well: With all the critical events in the news these days, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that the war on voting rights is under attack in various states almost daily.
Without federal legislation (The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, both of which will require a carve out of the Senate filibuster rule to become law), states are creating barriers to voters without scrutiny by the media and voting public.
An excellent way to follow the new voter suppression laws in various states is to read the monthly column “Voting Laws Roundup” published online by the esteemed Brennan Center for Justice in New York. The October 2021 Voting Laws Roundup reveals that “19 states have enacted 33 laws that will make it harder for Americans to vote” and is an excellent overview of the status of voting laws in America. I highly recommend that you check it out monthly.
It’s your democracy. Stay informed.
You may have read that the Freedom to Vote Act, national legislation to combat voter suppression (placing barriers to voting which often discriminate against certain groups such as African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, young voters and disabled voters) and electoral subversion (laws that intend to overturn election results by empowering partisan politicians over professional and competent election administrators in counting votes and certifying results) was prevented from being passed by Republicans in the senate. Unfortunately, due to the senate filibuster rules there is no chance it will pass the senate without a reform or carve out of the filibuster rules.
An excellent analysis of the Freedom to Vote Act is contained in a recent online article by the Center for American Progress. It clearly explains how this law “would counteract state laws that undermine elections”. It is a great read and an important educational tool for voters who believe in free, fair and easy elections for all.
After you read it, you may want to contact your senator to voice your support for the bill. Our democracy depends on it.
Before you contact your senator be sure to review the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act if you agree that potential voter suppression laws should be pre-cleared by the Attorney General of the United States or the U.S. District Court in D.C. Then you need to call or email your senator to support this additional important piece of legislation that honors American voting rights and civil rights hero John Lewis. Your senator works for you. Tell her/him your opinions. NOW.
Vote. Learn about your voice. Vote. Learn about your power. Richard C. Bell Speaks to Kate Daniels On Sunday Morning Magazine 10/24/21
Richard Bell is a New York City civil rights attorney, deeply passionate about voting. He’s the author of Voting: The Ultimate Act of Resistance. He helps citizens whose voting rights have been obstructed. And he’s created a great tutorial, a series of 10 lessons about voting: ‘It’s Voting for Beginners’ and it’s great to use with students, and any one of us voting adults can still learn something…not the least of which is…our right and responsibility to exercise this freedom.
Richard C. Bell, Esq. talks Voting LIVE on The Laura Coates Show On #NationalVoterRegistrationDay 9/28/2021 – this aired LIVE on #SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ch. 124 www.siriusxm.com/channels/potus-politics #VoteReady. #voting #vote #voterregistration