Those Voting Acts

It is MLK, Jr Day and what better time to look at the voting bills that are being considered in DC…..(by the time this is published I look fore the bills to be squashed)…..

The battle is on for voting rights…..but how many know what the two bills are all about or just what is included in the text?

This is just a little help….before you dismiss these attempts read the info and tell me where the problem is….if there is a problem.

How the For the People Act and Freedom to Vote Act differ

Provisions in the For the People Act and what the Freedom to Vote Act does with them
Keeps a provision
✏️ Amends a provision
➕ Adds a provision
Cuts a provision

For the People Act   Freedom to Vote Act
Prohibit states from requiring an excuse to vote absentee.   Keep
Require states to allow voters to apply for an absentee ballot online.   Keep
Prohibit states from requiring absentee ballots to be notarized or have witness signatures.   Keep
Require states to allow people to register to vote on Election Day.   Keep
Require states to allow people to register to vote online.   Keep
How the For the People Act and Freedom to Vote Act differ

Provisions in the For the People Act and what the Freedom to Vote Act does with them
Keeps a provision
✏️ Amends a provision
➕ Adds a provision
Cuts a provision

For the People Act   Freedom to Vote Act
Prohibit states from requiring an excuse to vote absentee.   Keep
Require states to allow voters to apply for an absentee ballot online.   Keep
Prohibit states from requiring absentee ballots to be notarized or have witness signatures.   Keep
Require states to allow people to register to vote on Election Day.   Keep
Require states to allow people to register to vote online.   Keep
Require states to offer 15 consecutive days of early voting … ✏️ … with some exceptions for smaller or mail-voting jurisdictions.
Require polling places to keep waits under 30 minutes … ✏️ … and prohibit banning giving food and water to voters waiting in line.
Require states that mandate voter IDs to also accept sworn statements signed by the voter. ✏️ Require states that mandate voter IDs to accept a broad and uniform range of both photo and non-photo IDs.
Require states to offer automatic voter registration at the department of motor vehicles and other government agencies. ✏️ Require states to offer automatic voter registration at the department of motor vehicles.
Tightly restrict states’ ability to purge voters from the rolls. ✏️ Modestly restrict states’ ability to purge voters from the rolls.
Implement public funding for congressional campaigns by matching every dollar a candidate raises from small donors with $6 from the government. ✏️ Allow states to choose whether to implement public funding for House campaigns by matching every dollar a candidate raises from small donors with $6 from the government.
Establish specific redistricting criteria for fair maps and require nonpartisan redistricting commissions in every state. ✏️ Establish specific redistricting criteria for fair maps.
New provisions: Allow election officials to sue if they are undeservedly removed from office.
  Increase protections against intimidating election workers.
  Increase the penalties for tampering with voting records.
  Require more records to be preserved after the election.
  Allow voters to sue if their vote is not counted.
Count prisoners at their last address instead of where they’re incarcerated for the purposes of redistricting.   Cut
Require presidential candidates to release their tax returns.   Cut
Bar members of Congress from sitting on corporate boards.   Cut
Bar members of Congress from using public money to settle sexual harassment or discrimination lawsuits.   Cut
Establish a code of ethics for Supreme Court justices.
Shrink the Federal Election Commission from six members to five in order to avoid tie votes.   Cut
Require states to mail absentee-ballot applications to all voters.   Cut

Sources: Brennan Center for Justice, Congress.gov, Sludge, Washington Post

There is so much more on these two bills….read the article it will help explain what this is all about.

What Might Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill Entail?

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Any assault on these rights is an assault on the very foundation of our republic.

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MLK, Jr Day

Today we celebrate the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr a great civil rights activist….as important as that is I remember him more for his opposition to war especially the Vietnam War….a war that I know all too well.

So my post will be about the man and his anti-war thoughts and speeches…..

On July 2, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. stood behind President Lyndon Baines Johnson as the Texan signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although not the first civil rights bill passed by Congress, it was the most comprehensive.

King called the law’s passage “a great moment … something like the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln.” Johnson recognized King’s contributions to the law by gifting him a pen used to sign the historic legislation.

A year later, as Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law, King again joined the president for the occasion.

But by the start of 1967, the two most famous men in America were no longer on speaking terms. In fact, they would not meet again before King fell to an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968.

King was foremost a minister who pastored to a local church throughout his career, even while he was doing national civil rights work. And he became concerned that his political ally Johnson was making a grave moral mistake in Vietnam. Johnson quickly escalated American troop presence in Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000 in 1965. And by 1968, more than a half a million troops were stationed in the Southeast Asian nation.

https://theconversation.com/how-the-vietnam-war-pushed-mlk-to-embrace-global-justice-not-only-civil-rights-at-home-169916

I remember his words and after experiencing war first hand I too became an anti-war activist…..

America is not in the habit of remembering King as an anti-war resister. We prefer to hold him up as a peace lover in a vacuum, a pacifist taken out of context from the time and place in which he lived, in the midst of what he deems to be an unjust war in Vietnam. But in his radical 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam,” given before a crowd of 3,000 people crammed into New York City’s Riverside Church, the reverend shored up two years of protests into his most comprehensive statement against the war. He called for a worldwide fellowship that moved beyond tribe, race, class and nation, and he condemned a war that sent young black men 8,000 miles to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not yet found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.

Even as King spoke of the need for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind, he knew that his words would be dismissed as cowardice and weakness. `I am not speaking of some sentimental response,’ he insisted. `I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as a supreme unifying principle of life.’

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php

MLK was a great man and a great civil rights leader but he should also be celebrated for his work as an anti-war activist as well.

Have a great day…..

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“lego ergo scribo”