Column: Dot – Freedom to vote is non-partisan | Chroniclers

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More importantly, these reforms were not just bipartisan – they advanced the non-partisan interests of the people.

How is it that today Senate Republicans view protecting our government from vested interests as a partisan issue?

Gerrymandering – the plan to design legislative constituencies to give more power to some voters and others less – has been scorned by leaders of both parties. “Gerrymandering has become a national scandal,” Reagan said in 1987.

How is it that today, allowing voters to choose their elected officials – rather than allowing politicians to choose their voters – has become a partisan issue?

A large majority of voters – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – support the reforms contained in the Freedom to Vote Act. In fact, when Americans directly vote on these reforms, they have broadly endorsed them in recent years. Bold reforms to protect our voices and our freedom to vote, like the Freedom to Vote Act, John Lewis’s Advancement of Voting Rights Act, and Washington State, are supported by Republican voters, but not by elected Republicans.

However, Democrats cannot raise their hands and walk away because of Republicans’ continued intransigence. The 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, which granted citizenship, the right to vote and equal protection of the law to those formerly enslaved, were passed by party line votes, but no one would reject them on this basis. based.


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