The path forward for the Progressive agenda is going to be difficult, but one way to clear the way long term is for wholesale election reform. Putting aside the differences with how various Progressive Americans would have liked the results of the 2016 elections to have turned out, it is obvious that beyond the noise about foreign influence, the real issue of the impact of the SCOTUS repeal of critical parts of the Voting Rights Act, and the uncertainty surrounding the accuracy of actual vote tabulations, is that the confidence of many Americans in our elections has been weakened. Our Democracy depends on people trusting that their vote has been counted, and that their ability to vote has not been compromised.
The repairs necessary for restoring trust in our election for national office holders should consist of the following attributes. Nationwide standards for candidate ballot access in primary and general elections without any regard to party affiliation. Voter access to voting should not be constrained by a voter’s party affiliation. Any election must retain an auditable paper trail, with standards for recounts based on random spot checks. Last of all, a new Voting Rights Act guaranteeing the ability of every citizen to vote is critically important for making sure all citizens have an opportunity to invest their vote in the candidate they choose.
Please respond with your views on this critical subject and if you are aware of any remedies that Congress will examine. This is just one of a handful of very critical issues our elected official must act on. Our democracy and the survival of the American experiment depend on it.