We should treat the attacks on our elections and our voting rights like the attack on Democracy it is.
Voting should be easy. Nothing is more fundamental to our country than fair and free elections, yet too many states make voting hard, if not impossible. They close locations. Limit hours. Purge voters from voter rolls, often without warning or reason. And all too often it is our black communities that are the targets of these voter suppression efforts.
At the federal level, social media giants like Facebook and Twitter flood our electorate with lies, misinformation, and foreign interference, never to be held truly accountable.
Georgia Can’t Wait Solution: Election Day should be a national holiday, so no one has to make the choice between their job and their vote.
In addition, the “For the People Act” should be passed into law. This legislation would expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money in politics.
Congress should also use their constitutional “power of the purse” to help states adequately finance federal elections. This means state of the art voting equipment, training resources for poll workers, and funds to facilitate both expanded early voting and same day voter registration.
Federal muscle must also be used to help states fend off cyber attacks. Our election grid is only as strong as we make it. In 2016, Russia tried to infiltrate at least 39 state elections systems and over 100 email accounts of local election officials. We’ve done far too little in response and if we don’t act now there’s no reason to think the attacks on our democracy will stop.
Finally, social media giants like Facebook must be held accountable for the lies, misinformation, and discord that their platforms promote. If fines don’t do the job, then their CEOs must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, even if that means prison. Enough is enough.