We are facing what a voting activist calls “a once in a lifetime moment”. Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, told the New York Times: “We are either going to have one of the most massive setbacks in our democracy in generations, or we have the opportunity to say, ‘No, that doesn’t mean that, what America stands for. We’re going to strengthen democracy and make sure everyone has the same voice. ‘”
This is exactly what Republican lawmakers are fighting for, with states willing to bring blue to the fore. Voter suppression legislation is under consideration in Arizona and Pennsylvania, where some of the most intense big lie litigation is taking place. However, it is Georgia that becomes the epicenter of the battle. The move of state to elect Joe Biden and Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to his two senators, which soon transferred the US Senate to the Democrats, has resulted in bills in both the State House and the Senate to suppress collective voters guided. Earlier this month the House passed a law restricting personal voting. Require voter ID for postal voting applications; Limit postal voting boxes and require boxes to be inside buildings and therefore not accessible when buildings close. Limit weekend early voting; Shortening the postal vote; and make people standing in line to choose food or drink an offense. Last week the Senate passed Law SB 241, 29-20, which ends postal voting without an apology. limits it to disabled people and people over 65 or those who can make sure they are away from home on election day; and requires ID for postal voting requests.
This ID requirement is just one of many barriers for people of color. “It’s a burden on the people, especially the workers and the poor,” LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Every time obstacles are placed on people who are already economically disadvantaged, you will see a drop in votes.” That is exactly what the Republicans intend to do.
Stakeholders are now stepping up efforts to get Georgia’s largest national corporations – including Coca-Cola, UPS and Delta Airlines – to get involved by stopping their donations to Republican lawmakers and speaking up. “They spent most of Black History Month showering us with quotes from Martin Luther King, but now that the future of blacks is in jeopardy, they are silent,” said Nse Ufot, executive director of one of the attendees, New Georgia Project. We use digital ads, billboards, direct actions in warehouses and call centers – we mean business. This is urgent. “
Many of these companies managed a print campaign in 2016 that led to the government at the time. Nathan Deals veto an anti-LGBTQ “freedom of religion” law.
That’s one of the strategies used to fight the Georgia bills. But there has to be a national strategy for all other states that deals with what is happening in this state and everyone else. “Well, first of all, I totally agree it’s racist,” Georgia base leader Stacey Abrams told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday.
“It’s a redux from Jim Crow in a suit and tie,” Abrams said. “We know that the only thing that triggered these changes wasn’t security.” In another interview on Meet the Press, Abrams argued in support of her proposal that Senate Democrats should work out “an exception for the filibuster to protect our democracy” for passing voting rights and electoral laws. “Look, I understand that I want to protect the prerequisites of an institution. I was a minority leader for seven years,” Abrams continued.
But I also understand that there were times when we had to look at the basics of our processes and do the right thing. And we know the Senate did this to suspend the filibuster for the purposes of judicial appointment, cabinet appointment and budget vote. I would say that protecting the foundations of our democracy, which we discussed bloodily during the January 6th uprising, certainly counts.
She argues that the move is justified in the constitution, which gives Congress the power “that it alone has, namely the time, the place and the manner to regulate.” [federal] Elections. “Müller agrees.” It is too important an issue and too big a crisis for an arcane procedural motion to hold back the passage of this bill, “she told the Times, arguing that the threat to voting rights is an existential threat to democracy, without a free one and fair voting is all else lost.
If someone believes there is a chance Republicans will give in for this, consider the second most likely convert (after Senator Lisa Murkowski), Senator Susan Collins. Her colleague from Maine, Independent Senator Angus King, told the Maine News Center that he wasn’t keen on the idea of getting rid of the filibuster, but “If Mitch McConnell and his caucus are going to be no, no, no to everything, and everyone will be on board, then we have to do things for the country. “Collins, in response, showed her true sense of” non-partisanship “. “I would remind my dear friend Angus that in two years the Democrats could be in the minority. And they will wish they hadn’t got rid of the filibuster when that happened, I can assure you.”
To the lying, cheating, and reinstating Jim Crow in the Republican toolbox, add threats to what they call ruling.