State officials are throwing an alarming number of African Americans off voter rolls based on unjustified claims. One state official who has done so is Kris Kobach. An article in Politico reported:
When Kris Kobach, Kansas’ aggressive secretary of state, convinced the state legislature to give him prosecutorial power to pursue voter fraud, he said it was necessary to root out tens of thousands of undocumented aliens who were voting as well as tens of thousands more who he claimed were voting in two states.
Voting is the strongest expression of constitutional rights – it is consequential. The current administration has put in place policies undermining minority voting rights. There seems to be a strategy involving identifying people to remove from voter rolls using common names.
Trump has said if he loses the elections it would be because he was cheated. His administration’s policies that attack minority voting rights as well as other actions such as the nomination of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy suggest a response. This response shows that those crying foul are the ones rigging the process. Some of these crimes include:
- throwing out mailboxes;
- deliberately delaying the delivery of mail-in-votes;
- limiting voting in minority areas;
- soliciting foreign aid to win elections.
Election fraud is a criminal offense and must be punished. However, the rigged system means the best way to bring those who are responsible to justice is for citizens to pay less attention to political discourse and be consistent in their defense of democratic values.
American citizens need to act now to ensure that the electoral process is improved, and made more inclusive. The right to assemble, to free speech and above all to vote are the soul of American democracy and must be protected.