During his State of the Union address, President Obama should focus on how we can strengthen our democracy. America needs to modernize registration, provide more early voting opportunities, and restore rights to citizens who have paid their debt to society.
President Barack Obama emphasized the need to modernize the U.S. election system in his Inaugural Address. One bill to do just that is set to be introduced Wednesday by the civil rights hero Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) — who knows a thing or two about how to expand democracy.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office took an important step this election to ensure the ballots of legitimate voters were counted. It’s worth highlighting because it didn’t receive any coverage, yet it’s an important example for other states to follow.
America is the world’s leading democracy, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t improvements to be made. By modernizing registration, ending government dysfunction, and combating Citizens United, we can put the people back in charge of our democracy.
On Election Day, I did end up witnessing some obvious attempts to manipulate or pervert the system, as well as instances of system breakdown in the form of machine failures and the like. But what I mostly saw was this: even when the system works, it doesn’t work.