Boston Globe: Republicans Are A Far Bigger Threat To Our Elections Than Putin Is
U.S. elections are not only undermined by foreign actors, but by Republicans as well, through their tactics of voter suppression, Renée Graham of the Boston Globe warns.
Representative Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said of President Donald Trump’s behavior, “This is a crime in progress against the Constitution and against American democracy. We cannot take the risk that the next election will be corrupted through foregin interference solicited by the president.”
Yet, what may cause the greatest impact on elections in 2020 is the ongoing voter suppression blitz by Republican lawmakers.
About 234,000 registered voters may soon be removed from registration lists in Wisconsin, a swing state, because they’ve changed addresses. Meanwhile, in Georgia, a federal judge Monday ruled state election officials are allowed to purge more than 300,000 voters, which includes nearly 120,000 inactive voters. Those who haven’t gone to the polls for several years risk being removed from voter rolls.
Minority and low-income communities in both states are expected to be severely impacted, hurting Democratic prospects.
Graham writes that “Republicans don’t trust their ability to win fairly, so they’re happy to cheat by setting up as many obstacles as possible to keep millions from the polls. From voter-ID laws to denying the restoration of voting rights to felons who have done their time, the GOP has no interest in a level playing field for voters.”
While the ongoing impeachment draws mass attention to the president’s antics, the ongoing voter suppression can not and should not be ignored. For months, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has ignored a bill designed to protect free and fair elections. The House-passed “For the People Act,” which seeks to expand voting rights, but has largely been ignored by McConnell.