Time to take action on voting


With the recent Supreme Court decisions on the Voting Rights Act, it is apparent that Congress needs to act. That will be a major problem because Congress doesn’t act at all since Republicans took control of the House.

In fact, Republicans are in their glory with this decision to basically gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

There is a simple solution, but getting Congress to act on it is not so simple. Simply create a new agency that governs the entire United States, a “Voter Right’s Enforcement Agency” that has jurisdiction over all of the states.

Require all elections laws to be pre-approved by this agency before going into effect. After all, voter suppression is no longer a race issue. It is a partisan issue.

Ohio has shown its ugly head in this voter suppression recently as well and was not covered under the Voting Rights Act. When the Republican secretary of state tried to get early voting expanded in Republican districts and restricted in Democratic ones, there is no defense the Republicans can come up with for such action.

The Republican strategy now is to block as many people from being able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote as possible with laws designed to keep potential Democratic voters from voting. This is no secret.

In Texas, they tried to pass a law that would require some 65,000 minorities to vote in one place while having only 6,500 white people vote in another polling place. It doesn’t take much brains to figure out that there will be massive problems getting the 65,000 people through to vote in one polling place while the 6,500 should be just fine. Where’s equal protection for these voters?

Without a way to stop this law from being implemented before an election, the damage will be done and our republic will suffer.

Redistricting is also a big problem. Republicans were able to rig the districts in Ohio so that even though there was about a 50-50 split in Ohio for Democratic House candidates to Republicans, there is a 14-4 Republican advantage in who went to Congress to represent Ohioans.

It is one of the reasons why there were more than 1.5 million more votes for Democratic candidates for the House than Republicans, yet Republicans have more than a 30-vote majority in the House. That is not representative democracy and is bad for our republic, which is dependent on having fair representation in government.

It is also why people everywhere need to get involved with their local politics as well and vote.

Republicans today are simply bad news for the working people of America. Greed has overtaken the party, and it will eventually destroy either the party of the country if the people let it.

Leif P. Damstoft