Attention Lawyers: Help Rule of Law Win at the Polls This Year

This post is by Reid Hoffman from Reid Hoffman

As we head into the home stretch of the most consequential election of our lifetimes, it has never been more critical to ensure that every American voter has the ability to exercise this most fundamental democratic right of voting, and that we maintain our commitment to free and fair elections in which every vote is counted.

One critical resource in this effort is attorneys, especially in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona. But ultimately we need a nationwide response. That’s because it’s not just the Covid-19 outbreak that is introducing new challenges to voting this year. This will also be the first presidential election in 40 years that will take place without the protections of a federal “consent decree” that prevented the RNC from engaging in so-called “ballot security” measures designed to intimidate and suppress voters in polling places through a variety of confrontational and anti-democratic tactics.

In 2017, a federal judge allowed the consent decree to expire, and now, along with the other voter suppression efforts we’ve already seen this year, like limiting ballot drop-off boxes in Texas to one per country or setting up private, unauthorized drop-off boxes in gun shops and churches in California, the GOP has been recruiting what it literally calls an “Army for Trump” to maintain an explicitly militarized presence at the polls on November 3rd.

In the face of such efforts to chip away at the very heart of democracy, we must counter with a (Read more…)