Steve Hochstadt: One of the most frightening developments in American politics has been the increasing disdain of significant portions of the Republican Party for basic democratic norms.
Julianne Malveaux: While our “democracy” is weighed against people who live on the margins, who don’t have driver’s licenses, who don’t vote regularly, who move frequently, we ought to be focused on ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to vote.
Steve Hochstadt: The likelihood of unusually heavy turnout had been discussed for months, but many polling places were unprepared for large numbers of voters.
Harvey Wasserman and Bob Fitrakis: This year just voting will again not be enough. Progressives MUST become poll workers, bring voters to the polls, monitor vote counts after the balloting, and refuse to concede close elections.
Bill Blum: The case could embolden other states to take steps to disenfranchise minorities, homeless, low-income, and people with disabilities—i.e., those who tend to vote Democratic.
The World Premiere of the new Trump-Stole-It post-election edition of Greg Palast’s hit film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy—The Case of the Stolen Election at the Left Coast Forum.
Hector Villagra: No matter how Trump dresses up the title, the [Election Integrity] commission’s true goal is to make it harder for people to register and vote.
Robert Koehler: The forces of political centrism, which includes the mainstream media, like to think that they’re in control, and endlessly purvey the message that America-brand democracy is the best in the world.
Steven Singer: In Arizona, lines stretched literally for miles. People actually ordered pizza to be delivered to them IN LINE!
Ernest Canning: An Ohio Common Pleas Judge has ordered Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted to allow lawfully registered 17-year-old Ohio voters to vote in the March 15, 2016 primary election.
Voter Rights Denied — People who are encouraged to be part of the community are more likely to abide by the law.
Voting Reform — Both the Democratic and the Republican parties are remaking the social landscape according to corporate interests.
Berry Craig: We are getting closer to that “more perfect union” the constitution was supposed to make us. Far more people enjoy “the blessings of liberty” cited in our national charter than they did in Washington’s day.