When Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner talked about pushing back the November election, was it a trial balloon or just wishful thinking?
He kind walked it back later. But anyone who thinks this Trump bunch cares about following the rules has been asleep the last three and a half years.
They are all about voter suppression and if it means changing the rules or ignoring them, no problem.
Beating Trump requires expanding the right to vote.
In California Governor Gavin Newsom just signed an executive order that provides a mail-in ballot to every registered voter in the state.
Because of COVID19 voting the traditional way will still be too dangerous come November.
Most Californians already live in counties that send all voters a ballot under a 2016 law. Newsom’s order expands the practice statewide.
In-person voting will also be available at consolidated voting centers, which voting rights activists pushed to serve people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and people with limited English proficiency.
Congressional Democrats have included $3.6 million in a new funding bill. This money is intended for states to implement an optional vote-by-mail and online voter registration system, expand early voting, and ensure safe, clean in-person polling places on Election Day.
But it is unlikely to pass the Republican controlled Senate.
The right to vote is a partisan issue.
For good reason.
The easier it is for people to vote, the larger the turnout, the less likely it is that Trump will get re-elected.
Some on the Left think that doesn’t matter.
If it didn’t matter, why is Jared Kushner talking election delay?
Illinois’ Governor Pritzker can sign an executive order that is modeled on Governor Newsom’s executive order to send ballots automatically to every registered voter and provide in-person voting for those who require it.
Meanwhile the Illinois legislature looks like it might meet next week. Mail-in voting is said to be on the agenda and Speaker Madigan is reported to support it.
Send some emails to your legislators.