Voter suppression has long been one of the many platform issues Democrats have run on, especially in the wake of a high-profile GOP anything being elected. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that it was a popular subject during the 2020 Democratic primaries. Neither is it much of a shock that it’s still being pushed by the progressive left, particularly in the face of nationwide civil unrest.
However, it is a little astounding that Massachusetts Senator and failed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who claims to be an expert on all things related to law, is demanding a new amendment be written “guaranteeing every United States citizen the right to vote and to have that vote counted.”
As it turns out, we already have a Constitutional amendment that states as much.
According to our nation’s long-held 15th Amendment, “Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
And Section 2 of the same amendment holds that Congress has the authority to make any US jurisdiction, state or otherwise, adhere to this law. “Section 2: The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
Now, as I mentioned before, Warren is supposed to be an expert. She has long been part of the all high-and-mighty progressive elite and even campaigned on the idea that she was among the most intelligent of all the White House hopefuls.
In fact, it was this so-called supreme aptitude that led her to suggest that we, as ordinary and obviously lesser US citizens, should simply trust her brain to do all the hard thinking for us. Harvard Law even paid her for that ability for a time, giving her more than $400,000 a year to teach at their esteemed university.
And yet, as an expert, she can’t seem to remember that the 15th Amendment already exists and has for about 150 years. Neither does she seem to acknowledge the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ended unfair poll taxes and literacy tests all too often enforced in southern, Democratic jurisdictions.
Now it is entirely possible when we look at what the now-unlikely vice-presidential candidate is saying a little closer, that what she actually wants is a “reform” of some sort. After all, reform is all the rage these days on the left.
After saying we need to make it constitutional for all citizens to vote, Warren says we need to “restore the Voting Rights Act and overturn every racist voter suppression law.”
What she likely means is that specific laws, such as the exact match law and one that cancels particular voter registration, should be done away with. Both of these laws have been deemed as racist in recent years by Democratic candidates for many positions.
A recent example of this was the gubernatorial race of Stacey Abrams in Georgia. Her 2018 loss to Brian Kemp is blamed on these two “racist” laws in particular. However, it’s hard to see how either is inherently racist.
The first law requires that your voter registration information – full name, date of birth, … – must be an exact match to your state records. If they are not, you will be contacted and made aware of the discrepancies so you can then correct it. If no response is received from you, your voter application is denied.
The other legislation, which just so happened to be in place by Democrats, states that voters may be removed or purged from the state voter rolls for several reasons. Some are taken off because they have recently committed a felony or moved out of state. Most, however, are purged because of the law’s provision that if they do not “use” their right to vote within a certain period of time, they “lose it” until they reapply.
Abrams claims that these laws kept potential voters from putting her office, and because she is of African American descent, that must mean the laws are racist somehow.
But just like it’s nearly impossible to tell if Senator Warren is actually 1/1024th Native American, it’s equally unlikely to understand how these laws target people of minorities only.
However, that isn’t going to stop the “smartest” candidate from bringing up the issue in the hopes that she can become relevant again and possibly stay in the running for Biden’s VP. It’s just too bad no one is listening to her.