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Voting rights and what they mean to me

Madison Cawthorn would probably agree that we're in a battle for our country's soul. I agree with him, but for completely different reasons.

I don't think that's an exaggeration to say America is at a crossroads, given all the challenges we're working to overcome and given how, one year ago, an extremist group of Trump loyalists, aided by Washington D.C. insiders, attempted to disrupt the peaceful transfer of presidential power.

This includes my opponent, who met with those planning the insurgent attack ahead of their effort. But we'll return to that.

I wholly believe what we're seeing is nothing short of a war on voting and democracy itself – between everyday Americans and a political class who are absolutely desperate to hold onto power.

Madison Cawthorn has made his choice about whose side he's on. In this case, I couldn't disagree with him more, and I also have a few ideas about what we can do about it. Stay with me, here.

→ Republican insiders in Washington D.C. want to make it harder to vote. That's abundantly clear. Restrictive laws. Limiting access. Voter roll purges. And a general hopeless negativism about government service that aims to make people lose faith in our democracy and its proven ability to lift people up.

→ We fix that by doing exactly the opposite. Let's make it easier and more convenient to vote. Universal vote-by-mail? Absolutely. It's a proven safe and effective way to increase voter turnout. Ranked choice voting? You bet I'm for it. It allows people to vote wholly with their hearts.

→ And, of course, we must stand in solidarity with every American citizen looking to exercise their democratic rights. If that means making Election Day a national holiday, I'm all for it.

It's a battle for America's soul, all right, between those of us who want our democracy to be that shining city upon a hill, and not just another sabotaged experiment.

We have a lot to unpack here, because some of these reforms aren't things we can just drop into place without explanation or planning. And, of course, our opponents won't just give up their attacks if we ask them nicely.

Stay tuned. I have a lot of thoughts on this, including how we can work together in this fight.


Posted on February 10, 2022.