It seems just about every day, we hear about new constraints making it more difficult for citizens to vote. These barriers are being raised by state governments controlled by Republicans. Several Republican legislators have even bragged that they have reduced voter turnout among Democrats. Many Republican-controlled legislatures have enacted laws crafted for them by a single right-wing organization, the “American Legislative Exchange Council.” So, in light of this unpatriotic behavior by members of one political party, why is the National Voter Corps non-partisan?
In October the Supreme Court will begin deliberations on a ruling that could change the toxic environment of our politics. In the much-anticipated case of Whitford vs. Gill, the court will review the redistricting plan of Wisconsin, which a panel of three federal judges ruled was unconstitutional. Continue reading “How Politicians Pick Who You Vote For”
At times in the not so distant past, our nation has criminalized activity that we now at least tolerate. It has been a felony to criticize our government, to marry outside of one’s race, to make wine, to engage in some forms of sex with one’s spouse, to belong to the Communist Party, to be a homosexual, and much else. In some states, if you were found guilty of violating one of these laws, you would have lost forever your right to vote. Moreover, laws have been made that criminalize activities thought to be more common among certain people for the purpose of catching some of them breaking these laws and then disenfranchising them. In particular such laws have been devised to deny voting rights to black Americans.
Continue reading “Should Felons be Allowed to Vote?”