Sustainable Action Network (SAN) says if you do NOT want to allow Vote-by-Mail, than you're corrupt!
Yesterday, thousands of Wisconsin voters were forced by Republicans and Trump’s Supreme Court to choose between exercising their right to vote and keeping themselves and their neighbors safe from the coronavirus.
Many of those who risked their health stood in lines for hours waiting to cast ballots. Countless voters who requested absentee ballots weeks ago did not get them in time and were completely disenfranchised.
What was done to Wisconsin offers a nightmare vision of what the whole country could face in the fall: A fight where Democrats struggle to balance democracy with public health, and the GOP remorselessly weaponizes courts, election laws, and the coronavirus itself to disenfranchise millions of voters who stand in its way.
Wisconsin will be ground zero in the general election and we cannot allow this to happen again. We have our work cut out for us between now and November. But we’re going to fight tooth and nail to defeat the GOP’s voter suppression tactics.
Two weeks from now, as the pandemic rages on, some number of people who voted yesterday will find that their fever is not subsiding. That they can't take deep breaths. That their bodies ache, relentlessly. They might never find out where they were exposed.
Three weeks from now, the same will happen to their family members and, for those who have essential jobs in places like grocery stores and hospitals, a percentage of those they work with and support. Four weeks from now, it will spread to the next level out. That’s how pandemics work.
They might never know the names of the specific legislators who chose, in the face of scientific consensus that public gatherings increase the risk of coronavirus transmission, to hold an in-person statewide election today. Names like Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.
The Wisconsin GOP isn’t playing games. They weaponized the coronavirus for voter suppression, and Trump’s Supreme Court was eager to back them up.
By a 5-4 decision Monday night, the Supreme Court disenfranchised tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents whose mail-in ballots were delayed due to the coronavirus. This followed the right-wing Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision hours earlier to override the Democratic governor's attempt to push back yesterday's election to protect people's safety.
Now, Elizabeth Warren has announced a new plan to protect voters' right to vote in November's election, which includes nationwide vote by mail, an extended early vote period, and more!
Congress is currently working on a fourth coronavirus relief bill, and so far there's no indication that they are prioritizing voter protection as part of the response. With the new reality we are living in, we need the federal government to lead in protecting the right of every American to vote this November.
Anyone who wakes up on Election Day and wants to vote should be able to vote.
Elizabeth Warren's new plan fully recognizes both the new challenges we face due to the coronavirus and the existing barriers that prohibit millions of Americans from voting.
That's why Warren's new plan includes:
Nationwide vote by mail
30 days early vote
No voter roll purges
End ID requirements
$4 billion to states for the transition
Additional funds to USPS
Hazard pay for poll workers
We cannot allow Trump and Republican politicians to steal our elections by forcing people to choose between voting and their own safety. It's time for Democrats in Congress to put forward a real plan to protect every person's right to vote, so that no one is forced to make this choice.
Democrats in Congress must hear that this is a top priority for the American people. The more people who sign the petition, the more that both Congress and the media will have to pay attention. Please sign.
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Two things happened Monday night that reversed Wisconsin Governor Evers' attempt at a safe and fair election. The Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled the Governor's decision to delay the election until June. And the Supreme Court of the United States overruled the extended deadline for absentee ballots in a decision that Justice Ginsburg said in her dissent will result, she fears, in "massive disenfranchisement."
We know gerrymandered state legislatures will do anything to maintain their power -- and now we know the Roberts-Kavanaugh-Gorsuch-Thomas-Alito Supreme Court of the United States will work to protect conservative power as well.
The Supreme Court's decision last summer that federal courts don't have the authority to rein in partisan gerrymandering was disappointing. This week's decision is just more evidence that the conservatives on the court will continue to sanction voter suppression tactics. Add your name if you believe the Supreme Court should be protecting voting rights, not enabling voter suppression.
We're seeing the consequences of these SCOTUS decisions play out in Wisconsin right now. The judge who wins this week's election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court will very likely rule on redistricting cases in the coming years. That's why conservatives in the state legislature, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States all played a role in allowing voter suppression tactics to prevail -- wagering the health and safety of Wisconsinites for another decade of gerrymandered power.
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