Amid our vacations, fireworks and barbecues Wednesday, it’s easy to forget that we are actually commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The most famous phrase from that document is one of our nation’s founding values: “All men are created equal.” As it happens, this July Fourth week brings two significant victories for that value that are worth celebrating.
…Most Americans are probably not aware that since 2011, more than two dozen measures have passed that will make it more difficult for some eligible citizens to vote, denying them the opportunity to participate equally in our democracy. Too often, it appears that politicians are trying to manipulate voting laws to save their jobs and pick their voters, rather than allowing all voters to choose their politicians.
Last week, the same judge who stopped part of Florida’s registration law scolded the state for the “major flaws” in its purge, which was “likely to have a discriminatory impact” on the tens of thousands of newly naturalized citizens in the state each year. Moving forward, Florida must create strict and uniform criteria for developing purge lists, as suggested in the Brennan Center’s 2008 “Voter Purges” report, one of the first systematic examinations of the chaotic and largely unseen world of purges.… All eligible citizens should have the opportunity — and responsibility — to vote. The right way to honor our Founding Fathers is to ensure their bold ideals of equality of opportunity are upheld. Let’s make our election system better, and reject measures that restrict access to the polls.
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