Democracy is a form of government in which people are afforded power by representation in government. That representation is established through the right and freedom to vote. However, this right is slowly being eroded by forces wishing to limit the vote and usurp power by intimidation, discrimination and obstruction.
Several states have created laws that limit access in hopes of reducing participation by minorities, students, the elderly and those with limited means to access the polls. These actions strip the power from the public and create a biased electorate. The 1965 Voting Rights Act aimed to increase access, but this act is being dismantled, making it more difficult for many to exercise this right.
In order to maintain a healthy and strong democracy, voting should be made easier and more accessible. With voter intimidation on the rise, protections must exist in order to keep voters and election workers safe.
Since the 2020 elections, misinformation and disinformation are at work to disenfranchise voters, which risks suppressing the vote and further threatening democracy. We must also make it easier for English language learners to interpret and understand the ballots and the issues. The more involved the electorate is, the stronger our democracy will be.
This country was founded on the premise of a government by the people and for the people. Let’s keep this country and democracy strong and not let those wanting to limit our right succeed. Educate yourselves on the issues and above all vote.
Dave Porigow, Hilltown