Voting Access

Voting+Access

Tyler Doyle

3/18

Battle over voting restrictions arrives at Congress

Keeping the right to vote available for everyone

Conflicts about voter access have arisen between the federal and state governments.

In the US House Democrats passed a bill that would reduce restrictions for voting in federal elections. At the same time almost every single state in the nation seems to be doing the opposite. This bill is called H.R. 1.

H.R. 1 would increase mail in voting, and being able to vote early. This bill would also require automatic voter registration for people who are eligible. 

Throughout the country, 250 pieces of legislation that restrict voting access have been introduced

Some states included in this are Iowa, Arizona, Georgia, and Texas.

In Arizona, multiple bills are being introduced. If passed, 200,000 people would end up being purged from the voter count. Two weeks ago, Iowa governor, Kim Reynolds, signed a bill that reduces early voting days, and closes polling places a whole hour earlier than before

Some people don’t get out of work until much later in the afternoon. By closing polling places an hour early it could prevent people from being able to get there in time.

Meanwhile in Georgia, lawmakers seem to be targeting black voters, by limiting Sunday voting, which would affect Black churches. Among this, they plan to restrict drop boxes for ballots, and even make it a crime to hand out refreshments to people waiting in line to vote.

In my opinion, it’s blatantly UnAmerican, and against the very thing our founders fought for.

A battle has begun between states and the federal government. The federal aims to make it easier to vote, while state legislatures are introducing legislation that seemingly does the opposite.

Voting is one of the many things highschool students can look forward to as they get older.

Once the next presidential election comes some freshman, and all current sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be able to vote normally. However, if these restrictions are able to pass, the future voters may end up just being pushed out of the way. 

Young voters can certainly influence change, especially when it comes to voting. However, if people don’t pay attention to the issue, they might lose this ability.