North Carolina, home of the Tar Heels, Krispy Kreme Donuts, the stunning Outer Banks, and as Project Vote recently experienced, an amazing range of organizations that share a passion for helping their community get registered to vote!
“All saints have a past, and all sinners have a future.” Panelist Carl Wicklund shared this old Irish quote in his remarks during the July 22 Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights. The event, organized by the ACLU and the Brennan Center for Justice, featured opening remarks by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rand Paul (R-KY), both of whom have introduced legislation that would restore voting rights to those convicted of crimes.
Recently, five forward-looking members of Congress introduced the “Equal Access to Support Youth Voting Act” or “EASY” (H.R. 5144). It should be easy to pass. It is a common sense reform that would help students, one of the very populations that we’re always hoping will become more involved in the democratic process. Unfortunately, like so many other common sense election reform bills in recent years, this one will not be easy to pass.
At a time when voting rights is an issue of national concern, and the problems faced by voters in 2012 have not faded from memory, election administration is a critical component in the voting rights picture.