Voting rights isn't going away
As evidenced by Pennsylvania and Georgia..
In September 2021, Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced the Freedom to Vote Act in the Senate, which was narrowly defeated by a vote of 49-51. The bill was to expand “voter registration (e.g., automatic and same-day registration) and voting access (e.g., vote-by-mail and early voting)” among other initiatives. Increasing the number of voters in a representative democracy, in theory, should create a more pluralistic civic society. While the Senate braces for another filibuster challenge when the next voting rights bill(s) reaches the Senate floor:
In the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, “a Pennsylvania court on Friday struck down the state’s mail voting law, saying the state constitution requires voters to cast ballots in person unless they meet specific requirements.” Act 77, which permitted mail-in voting in Pennsylvania for years “ was negotiated by Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and was passed with widespread bipartisan support in 2019. It was the largest change to Pennsylvania election law in generations.” The article goes on to say “Relying on two 1862 and 1924 cases, the court said the “offer to vote” language means voters must cast ballots in person — with the only constitutional exception for absentee voting. That would require amending the constitution before allowing everyone else to vote by mail.”
Down South in a state often referenced for voter suppression, Georgia according to data analysis by Mother Jones “During municipal elections in November, Georgia voters were 45 times more likely to have their mail ballot applications rejected—and ultimately not vote as a result—than in 2020. The Mother Jones analysis shows that the restrictions on mail voting imposed by the legislature led to an increase in rejected applications and ballots.” (Mother Jones voting analysis methodology)
Two paths currently being pursued, potentially in lieu of broader voting rights expansion:
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