Armstrong Williams: Both political parties need to improve the integrity and accessibility of voting

Armstrong Williams

W.e have an electoral crisis in the United States right now, and that’s not the story the Democrats, the media, or even Republicans tell us. It is a crisis of poor and inconsistent voter participation and engagement. Finding compromises on voter integrity is a crisis that clearly does not exist due to Russia’s ability to interfere in the 2016 elections and subsequent attempts in 2020 in Superior.

In the 2020 presidential election, at least 158.8 million people voted for then President Donald Trump or for the Democratic candidate Joseph Biden. That staggering number is 20 million more than the 137.5 million chosen in 2016. It was also 25 million more than the 132.9 million elected in the 2012 election.

The Pew Research Center conducted an analysis of voter turnout in recent national elections in 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a group of self-proclaimed democratic and “market-driven economies”. The United States ranks 30th out of 35 nations for which data are available. This is surprising and disappointing given the power and wealth of the United States; However, it shows that our electoral crisis is far more complex than it first appears.

One of the very first problems we need to address is our low turnout and turnout. While the 158.8 million that came out in 2020 may seem impressive, the reality is that 80 million Americans who were eligible to vote did not appear at the polls. Too many Americans feel that the trial against them is rigged, that their voice doesn’t matter, and they just don’t bother to get involved, which is both an embarrassment and a disaster. The United States should represent the highest form of democratization, which also means high and constant voter participation, yet we are at the bottom of the barrel compared to other industrialized nations.

While our primary focus should be on mobilizing and empowering Americans to vote, it is also important to turn our attention to Russia and Vladimir Putin, who are constantly trying to undermine the free and fair elections in the United States. which in my opinion is a violation of US sovereignty. A thorough look at Russian interference by our intelligence agencies has made it clear that Russia poses a constant and ongoing threat to the United States, not only through ongoing attempts at meddling but also through the spread of disinformation in order to divide Americans because of their race and their ideological differences.

Russia has proven to be perhaps the greatest adversary in US history. Russia’s ability to infiltrate the United States in a way that has left the country on its own from the inside out is like a third world war, even if no missiles are fired or troops are dispatched to foreign soil. Our immediate attention should be on how to thwart Russia’s continued attempts to create chaos in the United States as it seeks to revive Russian global supremacy. As unlikely as that is, Putin’s Russia has been effective on one point, and that is weakening the United States by attacking our electoral process and fueling internal discord.

I point out each of these things, not because I do not believe fair elections are an integral part of the democratic republic, but because I believe that they too deserve our immediate attention, despite being ignored compared to identity choice laws. In my view, an identity law is not racist and it should not be a partisan problem to require citizens to verify and prove who they are. With this in mind, however, I believe that we need to facilitate access to ID cards and other forms of identification, especially for the poor and the elderly. If we can do that, I firmly believe that most people would have no problem showing proof of identity to vote. It’s not a burden as long as people have easy access and the means to source those requirements. In addition, I disagree with states prohibiting people from serving water or simple snacks. It just seems unnecessarily cruel, especially in areas where people are queuing!

s for hours to cast their vote so this is one more thing we need to fix. It just doesn’t make sense that people have to stand in line all day to vote. If we had a state election vacation where everyone was free and able to vote, we could see historical numbers and constant participation. Whatever we ultimately decide, we have to compromise and create a system that works for all Americans regardless of race or socio-economy.

A secure but reasonably strong system is beneficial to our country and to all Americans. Whether you vote for a Democrat or a Republican, every American has something to gain by strengthening our electoral process. Everyone wins and the country is better off when all voices are heard fairly. To be very clear, this is not a partisan problem, it is an American problem. The sooner we put aside partisanship, the better off we are. Fighting Russia, consistently improving voter turnout and engagement, and creating an efficient and streamlined process for voters should be our focus.

Armstrong Williams is an American political commentator, entrepreneur, writer, and talk show host.


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