In a democratic system, no right is more fundamental or necessary than the right to vote. So why are citizens required to opt-in to exercise their right to vote through voter registration?
In California, there are about 7 million people who are eligible to vote but never registered to do so, including 1.2 million in Los Angeles County. It's a shocking statistic, considering the sacrifices made to win passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, which marked its 50th anniversary this year.
One reason for our shamefully low turnout is America's ramshackle voter registration system. States have slowly improved the process over the last decade. But this year, a bold new reform has caught on -- automatic voter registration, starting at DMVs.
The party in its current state suffers from a toxic form of insufferable certainty based on a track record that has proven consistently wrong, rendering it unable to compromise. Eschewing that compromise is the hallmark of American democracy.
There are some political problems that defy easy solutions -- the rise of extreme partisanship, or our broken campaign finance system, for instance. But it should not be difficult to rally our elected leaders to remedy an eminently fixable problem threatening our democracy.
It is ironic, bordering on demagogic, how Republicans pick and choose what parts of the constitution they fetishize!
Think about that. For the first time in our nation's history, the most diverse electorate ever will enter voting booths on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. They will look more like the real America, and drive their own destinies.
It's time to stop these distractions from what is the real threat to people of color. We are not threatened by having and exercising the right for women to make decisions about their own bodies. What is threatening are the continued efforts, decades after the end of Jim Crow, to bar us from our own democracy.
At this pivotal time in American politics, the work of the leading Latino coalition in the nation is more important than ever in order to achieve unity to advance the Latino agenda.
My significant other and I launched into a spirited debate, early this morning about the privilege of voting, with me arguing my position that it does make a difference, while she countered that it does not, noting, nothing changes of late, regardless of the multitudes of promises made.
At one time in our history, it was Southern Democrats that led the voter suppression tactics ranging from poll taxes to violence against blacks. Today, it is now Republicans, who may be wary of expanding their base to remain competitive, that champion this unpatriotic maneuver.
Ninety-five years ago today, we added an amendment to the U.S. Constitution saying that women have a right to vote in our elections. While today women's suffrage seems like a no-brainer to everyone -- except maybe Ann Coulter -- it was not an inevitability that simply fell into place.
Hillary's inability to envision changing hearts and minds shows she misunderstands history as it relates to racial struggle. She shows she doesn't get the moment we're in right now. Settling for simply a policy agenda, is, well, just settling. That's not what black people are looking to do.
Reading the paper is all too often a jarring experience, but it was especially so on Monday. It's impossible to ignore the disconnect between the well-deserved recognition of Julian Bond's life, and the stark evidence that we have so far to go in order to secure the ideals he championed.
Ninety-five years ago, after tireless work by generations of advocates, the 19th Amendment, finally, became the law of the land guaranteeing the right to vote for women. One hundred years ago, the success of the 19th Amendment did not seem so inevitable.
We know our society is not color-blind, nor is it blind to LGBTQ identities. As evidenced by the historical success of the Voting Rights Act, we need laws that are equipped to address the particular obstacles that disadvantaged groups face.