I’m talking about Bernie Sanders still, continuing on with my series on the guy. Today, we’re continuing on with his Racial Justice plan, but specifically, we’re going through his Political Violence section of that plan. I’ve read through the first part, and from what I’m seeing, it’s nothing really good, nor proposing any real solution to the problems. Merely, it furthers the problems.
So, let’s dive into the plan.
#1. Restoring Voting Rights To Felons
We need to re-enfranchise the more than two million African Americans who have had their right to vote taken away by a felony conviction.
This is something that I actually do agree with. Now, while Bernie is blowing hot air over this, Rand Paul has actually been busy at work, trying to fix this problem. Earlier in 2015, he introduced the Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act, or Senate Bill 457, which would have restored voting rights back to felons who had completed their sentences.
Paul has been vocal on this issue for a long time, and I think it at least stretches back to when he first ran for Senate in 2010. Sanders, to my knowledge, has not any bills on file doing such.
#2. Restoring The Voting Rights Act
Congress must restore the Voting Rights Act’s “pre-clearance” provision, which extended protections to minority voters in states where they were clearly needed.
I am making an assumption that this is referring to a Voter ID. That is what it sounds like to me.
Personally, I believe you should show a Voter ID to vote. Now, a common criticism of Voter ID’s are that minorities cannot get them. This is blatantly false. If a person has a driver’s license, then congrats, they already have one. Let me list out what is acceptable as a Voter ID here in Florida, as stated on the Division of Election’s website:
- Florida driver’s license
- Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- United States passport
- Debit or credit card
- Military identification
- Student identification
- Retirement center identification
- Neighborhood association identification
- Public assistance identification.
So, to clarify, if you have any of these, and I honestly find it hard to believe that you wouldn’t these days, then all you have to do is show it, and that’s it. You can go cast your ballot then. This isn’t that hard. All you literally need to do is bring your wallet or purse.
#3. Expanding The Voting Rights Act
We must expand the Act’s scope so that every American, regardless of skin color or national origin, is able to vote freely.
What does this even mean? “expand the Act’s scope” how exactly? To do what? This is extremely vague. I think some clarification is well needed on this one.
#4. Federal Voting Holiday
We need to make Election Day a federal holiday to increase voters’ ability to participate.
I can’t support this, and here’s why. You simply cannot shut everything down just so people can go cast their vote. That will not work. The period to vote is, in Florida, 12 hours long: from 7am to 7pm. Now, it is up to you, the voter, to work with your employer to be able to schedule when you can vote. Personally, I plan on doing it before I need to go in to school, which currently, begins at 8 on some days, and 9:30 on other days. If you plan accordingly, you don’t need this.
If you make it a Federal Holiday, then you’re going to make it even harder to vote. You make the lines even longer. You make wait times longer, and I don’t think Bernie wants to do that.
#5. Adding Flexibility
We must make early voting an option for voters who work or study and need the flexibility to vote on evenings or weekends.
Again, this isn’t necessary. I’m a student now. I have lot’s of time in between classes, and I’m taking A LOT of classes. But I already know when it’ll be best for me to go and vote. I don’t need a weekend to do it. And like I said above, you make arrangements with your boss. Maybe he/she closes early for the day. That’s between you and your boss, but as I’ve already explained, you can’t have a full National Holiday.
#6. Absentee Ballots
We must make no-fault absentee ballots an option for all Americans.
Most people won’t have any idea what this is. This is basically that people can vote, and not have to have a good excuse. Think back to your days in class, and you missed because of a major event, and the professor or teacher excused it, instead of marking you plain absent.
Now, 28 states have no-excuse voting, and they’re mostly out in the West or Midwest. Most states in the East, both North and South, do not have no-excuse absentee voting, nor even early voting. More states in the South have just early voting, and non in the North have just plain early voting. So, to stop the racists, the South has made access to voting more accessible than states in the North. Call them racist all you want, but hey, at least they’re doing better than the North East liberal utopia’s.
Personally, I don’t really see a problem with this. I’ve yet to really look into it deeply, but I don’t think this would be a bad thing. We shall see though.
#7. Mandatory Registration
Every American over 18 must be registered to vote automatically, so that students and working people can make their voices heard at the ballot box.
Wouldn’t this upset the anarchists supporting Bernie? Wait, that’s right, they’re not really anarchists. They’re just super statists in denial. But no, you shouldn’t be automatically registered to vote. Currently, when you register to vote, you also register for the Selective Service, aka the Draft. This would be Bernie’s means to put every young person in the Selective Service, and not by even their knowledge. They’ll just get a Service card after their 18th birthday, and they won’t even know why.
But yeah, if you plan for more wars, then this is a great thing to do.
#8. Stop Purging Voter Rolls
We must put an end to discriminatory laws and the purging of minority-community names from voting rolls.
Okay, question. What’s the point of keeping an inactive voter, someone who hasn’t voted in I think it’s 3 elections (aka 6 years), on the rolls? What honestly is the probability of you voting in the next one?
Now, I get it, some of the rolls do actually purge active voters. Florida is an example of this. When the guidelines for purging were loosened up, the troubles began, with more and more false-positives coming up. All that requires to fix it though is to tighten the rules up to make sure that those mistakes are no longer made. Purging the rolls of felons, illegal immigrants, and non-Floridians on the rolls should still continue, and it needs to in order to ensure the validity of the results.
#9. More Polling Places
We need to make sure that there are sufficient polling places and poll workers to prevent long lines from forming at the polls anywhere.
You can’t have this and make Election Day a National Holiday. You can’t do it, unless you basically double the polling places. Sure, some areas may benefit from a new polling place, and maybe the people of that area should work on that, but overall, with what Bernie wants to do, this won’t even matter.
I’m doing a series on Bernie Sanders, and all of those posts can be found at this link here, which will be updated every time I finish a new part of the series.
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