Experiencing Voter Suppression for the First Time

“The poll tax, in this election, is time. The poll tax, in this election, is potentially exposing yourself to COVID-19. The poll tax, in this election, is forgoing traditional methods of voting by mail because you are afraid your rights will be trampled. Now we anxiously await a future that will either be filled with more misogynist anti-Black violence, or a return to the value of difference as the very fabric of our democracy.”

Atlanta Mayor Urges City Employees to Work the Polls on Election Day

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order authorizing leave for city employees to serve as poll workers for the November election and runoff election. The executive order comes amidst growing concern regarding the safety of in-person voting, especially as people over age 60—who are at highest risk for complications from COVID-19—have historically constituted the majority of volunteers.

U.S. Officials’ Pandemic Response Impaired Right to Vote in Primary Elections

Responses by election officials in the United States to the COVID-19 pandemic seriously impaired some people’s ability to vote in primary elections, Human Rights Watch said in a report.

Election officials need to ensure that every method of voting allowed in their state is easy to access and use for all voters, so that there can be a credible U.S. general election on November 3.

Can President Trump Suspend the Elections?

Does the president have the power to suspend the elections? The short answer: No. But while the law is clear, President Trump’s efforts to delay the elections, sow distrust in our democratic processes, and wreak havoc on the U.S. electoral process are already well underway.

Will access to mail-in ballots (or lack thereof) impact voter turnout? Can Trump invoke martial law if he loses the election? What are the possible threats to our democracy come November?