An open letter to the U.S. Senate

Freedom to Vote Act

6 so far! Let’s get to 10 signers!

Voting is fundamental to a representative democracy. Participation is an essential part of the social contract. Besides, as an old saying goes, "If you don't vote, you don't get to complain about it." I have lived and voted in WNC for 23 years. During that time our Congressional representation has changed 4 times. On at least one of those occasions, the elected official declined to run again because his seat was deemed vulnerable due to redistricting. In other words, the State legislature re-drew the district lines to favor their own party and disadvantage the party of the incumbent. When this is the way district lines are drawn, it amounts to parties choosing voters, rather than voters choosing who will represent them. Both parties do it, and it is a practice blatantly designed to entrench power, NOT to serve the will of the people. It is a practice almost as old as the Republic, but modern technology has made it possible to design a winning district for your side "with near surgical precision," to quote the Court that shot down some of the 2010 attempts to rig districts in our state. There ought to be a law against that you say? The proposed Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will end partisan gerrymandering and ensure more fair, transparent and nonpartisan maps. The same technology that makes maps UNfair can be used to make them fair, after all. You need to deliver the Freedom to Vote Act to the American people. To do that, you must defy the majority leader in the US Senate by eliminating the filibuster, a remnant of the Jim Crow era, which is blocking the progress of this overwhelmingly popular and urgently needed legislation. Then vote FOR the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. It is the right thing to do. Our democracy will not survive any other way.

First sent on November 24 by Indivisible Common Ground WNC

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