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Protecting Democracy in an Era of Voter Suppression


Protecting Democracy in an Era of Voter Suppression

Julie Ebenstein

This post is part of ACSblog’s symposium regarding the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:

Just days before the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we completed a three-week trial challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-voter law.


United States elections are by and large inherently for sale. One notable exception is City Council elections for Cambridge, Massachusetts – for the last 75 years they have been regularly fair, devoid of mudslinging and affordable for citizens of average wealth.

One solution to inherent evil is to walk across the street and set up your own inherently uncorruptible elections. Yes, it’s a huge amount of work and later on you’ll probably be attacked by the dictators-for-life. However, for the first few years you’ll be ignored. Figure out how to make your little neighborhood its own corruption-resistant democracy and the meme will spread everywhere.


The billions Republicans spend in voter suppression gave them both houses of Congress, the SCOTUS and now possibly the Presidency. Oligarchy will be enthroned:

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
—U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864
(letter to Col. William F. Elkins)


That quote’s been debunked: