People's Agenda/Voting Rights

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There is considerable controversy in the United States currently over voter rights. Conservatives claim there is a nationwide scandal of huge numbers of people voting illegally -- in particular, impersonating other voters in a way that could be caught by a requiring proof of citizenship to register and vote. Investigators who have looked for evidence of such have found only a tiny handful of cases of voter impersonation.[citation needed]

Paul Weyrich in 2007

By contrast, in 1980, Paul Weyrich, a leading Republican party strategist, famously said:

I don't want everybody to vote. ... [O]ur leverage in the elections ... goes up as the voting populace goes down.

Paul Weyrich, Remarks to the Religious Roundtable (August 1980)

Perhaps coincidentally, since 1981, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has lost multiple court judgments for fraudulent anti-fraud initiatives that targeted likely Democratic voters. On October 26, 2016, the Democratic National Committee again took the RNC to court over current claims of voter suppression.[1]

The following reforms are suggested in order to attempt to address these issues:

  • Remove proof of citizenship
  • Automatic voter registration
  • Automatic voting audit
  • Same day voter registration
  • Stop 2 tier system (federal and state)

Notes[edit]

  1. Pettersson, Edvard (2016-10-26). "Democratic Party Takes GOP to Court Over Voter Intimidation". Bloomberg Politics. Retrieved 2016-12-16.