Imagine that you are a group of rich and powerful people eager to be still richer and more powerful. But you live in a democratic society that gives each citizen an equal vote and thus sets sets limit on how much power you can amass. So you decide to steal the people's democracy. How can this be done?
The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 was introduced in June to put teeth back into the VRA and restore the preclearance requirement by modernizing the coverage formula. While Congress has yet to schedule a hearing date on for this legislation, it is important to continue using other avenues to protect voting rights.
In the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015, Donald Trump failed to retract or even apologize for calling some women "fat pigs" and "slobs." When questioned by Megyn Kelly about whether he was part of the "war on women," Trump responded that he didn't "frankly have time for total political correctness." Apparently, misogyny is a time saver. Who knew?
Numerous acts -- killings of Michael Brown and others, persistence by some in waving the confederate flag high, the burning of Black churches -- indicate that the ideals of our American society have not yet fully born out, and that there is more we need to do to establish a just society in which all have a say.
Rather than simply asking for black votes in October 2016 after having taken them for granted up to that point, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will possess the credibility that comes with having earned those votes. At that point -- if not a lot earlier -- the Democratic Party and its nominee will need to thank #BlackLivesMatter.
Phones can be ideal for enabling voters to quickly get info about candidates, register to vote, and check in at polling centers. But add to this the capability to vote directly off your phone and you can eliminate one of the most limiting factors in voting today, which is the need to physically gget to the polls.