June 4, 2021

Congress Needs to Defend Vote Counting, Not Just Vote Casting

By The Editorial Board

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A voting rights law before Congress does not fully address the imminent threats to representative democracy in the United States.

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  1. Sharpen the Focus on Voting Rights. ‘Our Entire Democracy Is Now at Risk.’
  2. Congress Needs to Defend Vote Counting, Not Just Vote Casting

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  Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, whose support Democrats must win to advance a bill, has proposed to apply that standard to every state.
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  After the 2004 election, for example, Ohio created an extended period of early voting. The beginning of the window overlapped with the end of the voter registration period. During the period known as the “Golden Week,” Ohioans could register and vote on the same day. In 2014, Ohio shortened early voting and ended Golden Week, citing the standard phantasm of voter fraud. Under a national review requirement, Ohio would have been forced to defend the decision even though it still offered more early voting than many other states.
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- H.R. 1 is a sprawling bill that contains much more beyond this. Among other things, it would reshape campaign finance and impose new ethics restrictions on some government officials. This board has endorsed an earlier version of H.R. 1, many of the current bill’s goals, as well as ending the filibuster to pass the bill outright. If proponents can muster the necessary votes to pass an expanded version that addresses threats to vote counting, that would be the best outcome for the United States. If they cannot, however, then it makes sense to pursue a narrow bill aimed squarely at voting access rollbacks and subversion of election results.
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+ H.R. 1 is a sprawling bill that contains much more beyond this. Among other things, it would reshape campaign finance and impose new ethics restrictions on some government officials. This board has endorsed an earlier version of H.R. 1 and many of the current bill’s goals, as well as ending the filibuster to pass the bill outright. If proponents can muster the necessary votes to pass an expanded version that addresses threats to vote counting, that would be the best outcome for the United States. If they cannot, however, then it makes sense to pursue a narrow bill aimed squarely at voting access rollbacks and subversion of election results.
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  Senators with hesitations about H.R. 1 need to put forward their own ideas for protecting the rights of voters. The power of the states to administer elections is unquestioned, but it is not unlimited. In a representative democracy, the legitimate power of the representatives cannot extend to acts designed to undermine democracy.
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  If Democrats can find 50 votes for reform, they should not postpone necessary interventions in the illusory hope of a bipartisan breakthrough, nor allow Republicans to filibuster.

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Headlines

  • Congress Needs to Defend Vote Counting, Not Just Vote Casting
  • Sharpen the Focus on Voting Rights. ‘Our Entire Democracy Is Now at Risk.’

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  • Biden, Joseph R Jr
  • Democratic Party
  • Law and Legislation
  • Manchin, Joe III
  • Raffensperger, Brad
  • Republican Party
  • State Legislatures
  • Trump, Donald J
  • United States Politics and Government
  • Voter Registration and Requirements