This year’s Midterm elections modeled for us a shift in the way we conduct Democracy, as another state opted for a ranked-choice voting system over a plurality (where the candidate with the most votes wins) or majority (where the candidate with an outright majority of votes wins) voting system. The state of Alaska used the ranked-choice voting system to elect their politicians this year. After election results rolled out however, there were many criticisms being made of the new voting system, with the main one being that it was to blame for Republican candidate Sarah Palin’s loss to Democrat, Mary Peltola. With more states making the switch to ranked choice and joining the likes of Maine (a state that has been using ranked-choice since 2018), now is the perfect time to address people’s concerns about ranked-choice, and decide whether this new voting system is harming or helping voters, and the preservation of Democracy.
Two operatives working with an attorney for former President Donald Trump were escorted into the county’s election offices by a Republican county official in Georgia. Newly obtained video footage shows that this happened on the same day that a voting system was breached there.
“Every voter who’s able to turn out is good for our democracy.” – Nora Moran. There are 800,000 green card holders in New York who are authorized to work in the United States. The push for noncitizen voters was because of education as Washington Heights housed many Dominican families. With New York City’s population of 18,867,000, only under five million people have registered to vote.
After first being approved in December, Mayor Eric Adams has passed the controversial bill that allows approximately 800,000 noncitizens living in New York City the ability to participate in local elections. The support from the bill comes after concerns were raised from lawmakers, former Mayor Bill de Blasio, constitutional experts, and even Adams himself.
State Democrats in Texas are reportedly bringing in other Democrats from around the country to help them take a stand against Republicans, who are trying to pass very restrictive voting laws. This intensifies the fight around the country to pass the “For the People Act,” an act that celebrates voting rights and empowers voters all throughout the country.
Many young voters and voting rights activists in Texas gathered at the Texas Capitol building this weekend to protest against restrictive new voting laws in the state. Several organizations were pre-sent at the protest, including MOVE Texas, Common Cause Texas, Texas Rising, Voto Latino, Jolt Action, ACLU of Texas, and the Texas Civil Rights Project.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will deliver a speech about voting rights, which will happen at around 3pm at the National Constitution Center. This speech is a highly anticipated one, as voting rights are being challenged in many states across the country. Currently in Texas, the GOP is pushing laws that would make mail-in votes more difficult and eliminate 24-hour voting, which would make voting significantly more difficult.
New York City just used ranked choice voting in its 2021 Mayoral Primaries. This means that voters, instead of supporting one candidate on their ballot, were able, but not required to, rank their top five candidates. A candidate wins once they have received at least 50% of votes. Until this happens, the last place candidate is eliminated from the running and votes are redistributed among the eligible candidates.
In a vote Tuesday, Senate Republicans are expected to win out and block a voting rights bill from passing. Due to the filibuster rule in the Senate, most bills need at least 10 Republicans to vote for it to be passed with the current makeup of the Senate, a goal that will definitively not be met.
President Joseph R. Biden has continued to give Vice President Kamala Harris important responsibilities; the latest one was handed to her on Tuesday when he put her in charge of protecting voting rights. This comes after a slew of states have attempted to pass bills that aim to make it more difficult for people to vote.
Late Sunday night, Texas Democrats in the state’s House of Representatives walked out of a vote on their House Floor over a Republican bill that aims to restrict voting rights in a major way. The deadline for passing the bill was midnight on Sunday, and due to the Democrats walking out, the bill did not pass.
Since Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed S.B. 202, which has widely been described as a series of controversial voting restrictions, or even more pointedly as “Jim Crow 2.0,’