My personal opinion

First, let me preface this by saying that – as a founding member of the National Voter Corps (an exclusively NON-partisan organization) – I am dedicated to the concept of One Person, One Vote, Every Vote Counted.

For me, voting is not – and should never be – a partisan issue; it is a (small d) democratic issue, and every American citizen should have the absolute right to vote, no matter the ultimate outcome of an election. That is the American way – a government OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people.

All that said, our voting rights have been under assault for quite some time now. Voter suppression methods have been used extensively throughout this country.

Paul Weyrich, founder of the Heritage Foundation, among other things, once famously (or infamously) stated, and I quote (emphasis mine):

I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.

My response to that is, quite simply, “I DO want everybody to vote.” When everybody votes, the will of the people is heard, and that is the meaning of democracy!!

Today, since the 2020 elections, efforts to suppress the vote have been increasing dramatically throughout many areas of our country. This must not be allowed to happen! At this time, we should all be redoubling – and redoubling again – our efforts to resist and overturn these voter suppression laws wherever and however it is necessary.

I encourage everybody (Republican, Democrat, Independent alike) to step up today and do whatever you can to promote full participation in our free and fair elections going forward, so that we may all enjoy the benefits of our system of government.

Jerry Weinberger, NVC Founding Member, Steering Committee Member; Citizen

In memory of Jerry Weinberger (1942- 2021), who started this blog.

Must-See Articles (Jerry’s Introduction)

Ever see articles on voting rights that make you go “Wow!?” I’ve saved my favorites to share with people who care about voting rights and preserving our democracy. The list will be updated as I find articles worthy of your interest, so please check back regularly. The list is no longer being updated – rest in peace, Jerry, our friend.

I welcome comments – that are thoughtful and free of trash talk. As it has been said, “When they go low, we go high.” Let’s go!

Voter Suppression, “what is it, really?” people have been asking me lately. See for yourself in my latest entry, the Brave New Films video Suppressed – The Fight to Vote.

Disclaimer: I make every effort to post only articles consistent with NVC’s policy of non-partisanship. (Note that these articles are neither written nor verified by National Voter Corps.) However, voting has lately become a highly politicized subject. While both parties have historically used redistricting to favor their interests, in recent years one party has taken vote suppression in its various forms to new levels. So I’m sharing articles that are not intentionally partisan in nature, but are simply stating the facts.

Jerry, the Editor

A Unique (but much needed) Approach to Voter Registration

Prison inmates are largely ignored when it comes to voter registration efforts. Most people – including prisoners themselves– assume they are ineligible to vote. While convicted felons cannot vote, inmates who are awaiting trial (and therefore innocent until proven guilty) or serving time for misdemeanors are actually qualified to register and vote.  Continue reading “A Unique (but much needed) Approach to Voter Registration”