Biden administration doesn’t take voter suppression seriously
The elections outside the year 2021 do not offer too many opportunities to draw conclusions about the direction the country is taking. Nonetheless, talk of signs and omens abounds even in these pages. A handful of local and municipal elections can provide an indication of the possibility that progressives are opening new fronts to advance policies at the municipal level. The New Jersey governor’s race, while little-discussed, may open a window to whether the political ideas President Biden is pushing can find a beachhead in popularity. And of course, Virginia’s gubernatorial race, once over, is likely to attract the attention of doodlers seeking to establish a national narrative based on these results, if only because of the Commonwealth’s proximity to the spirit of the Beltway Hive.
Nonetheless, if you are looking for that indicator that could shed light on the national scene, it may make more sense to look beyond these upcoming contests and future election cycles. In fact, you might consider taking a close look, not at the major House or Senate races themselves, but the possibility that the upcoming elections will not even be free and fair, that those who wish to participate will not. not allowed to do so, and that the results could be nullified by some form of baton.
Someone needs to pay attention to these concerns, because many lawmakers in Washington, even those most at risk of losing their seats due to voter suppression and electoral subversion, don’t appear to. And it’s not clear that the president is either.