The War on Voting Rights

voting rightsThe 2020 presidential election will be a showdown over the right to vote. The outcome will be determined by an electoral system under attack from both foreign and domestic sources. Russian efforts to manipulate the 2016 presidential election are being extensively investigated, but the domestic war on voting rights is less well understood.  After more than a century of expanding the voting rights of previously disenfranchised groups, the American electoral system today is confronted by political and legal maneuvers to curtail the hard-won rights of these same groups, ostensibly in the name of combating fraud and regulating voting, but in fact in order to change the outcome of elections. 

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Policy Recommendations:
 

  • Eliminate burdensome voting restrictions
  • Prevent partisan gerrymandering
  • Restore the Voting Rights Act
  • Regulate campaign finance