From Jack Weltner about HR 1
In the past year, eight states have voted to make paper ballots illegal. In Texas’s March 3 primary, over 300 polling places were closed at the last minute, chiefly places heavily populated by the poor and immigrants. Likewise, widely reported delays, faulty machines, and long lines in Georgia’s recent June 9th primary affected disproportionate numbers of black and disadvantaged voters. And such Republican-controlled states as Georgia and Wisconsin have recently sought to purge hundreds of thousands from the voting rolls, again mostly the poor. It goes on and on.
In the face of this, the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives voted in HR 1, a bill designed to reverse the trend of voter suppression. HR 1 would expand voter registration and voting access, make Election Day a federal holiday, and limit the arbitrary removal of voters from the rolls. The bill provides for states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions.
1) Overturning Citizens United
2) Implementing federal funding of elections
3) Ending gerrymandering
4) Restoring the Voting Rights Act
5) Establishing ethical standards for federal officials
Please push you elected officials to support HR 1 –and pressure Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate to take up and pass it as well. Let’s all do what we can to save what remains of our democracy!
Jack Weltner MD