Trumpian True Believers Aim to Limit the Vote. The Senate Has the Remedy.

March 8, 2021
In The News

This state has been using phony fears of voter fraud for years to mask official efforts to limit voting, especially among people of color. Other states seem eager to catch up. Some efforts are more brazen than others. In Georgia, for example, Trump devotees are seeking to outlaw Sunday voting, knowing that voting on Sunday after church is an African American tradition.... Democrats in Texas and other states have filed bills to offset some of these voter restrictions — but chances they will pass, especially here in Texas, are slim. The better remedy may well be to count on the feds. The U.S. House passed H.R. 1, also known as the “For the People Act,” sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md. Among other provisions, H.R. 1 would restore many of the protections included in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, protections gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.... Those sweeping changes deserve robust debate in the Senate — and senators must be ready to look for compromise. The alternative is to let the Trump-inspired hordes in statehouses across the country, including our own in Austin, make war on the bedrock right that makes America the nation it is: the right to show up, stare down intimidation, and choose our own leaders. That’s exactly what more than 160 million Americans did four months ago. The losers can’t be allowed to change the rules now that they have seen what happens when American voters are inspired to show up and cast ballots.