Rahm Emanuel suggest’s that Democrats turn to ballot initiatives on the state level to inch voting rights law around the country try….
That would need some fancy political wording and dancing in those Red states Democrats would have work in….
Republicans seem to be in the lead in some places on this…
Democrats will have to mount YUGE ‘get out the vote’ efforts to stay ahead….
here is nothing now to suggest real progress at the national level or even a path to be followed, short of filibuster reform. That has prompted some Democrats to suggest other ways to counter Republican efforts in the states.
Among them is Rahm Emanuel, the former Chicago mayor, congressman and Obama chief of staff, who said Democrats need to think about this battle as one that will go beyond the next election cycle or two. They should act accordingly, he said. One of his ideas is to use ballot initiatives in states that allow them to put the issue of voting rights directly to the voters.
“This is not the solution but it’s an open door if you want to try it,” Emanuel said. “If you’re stymied in the state capitals and there doesn’t seem to be movement in Washington, open up another line of attack. Florida showed us the way to do it just a few years ago.”
He was referring to the 2018 ballot initiative in Florida that called for restoring voting rights for felons. The measure was approved with more than 60 percent of the vote, though elected Republicans, including Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), later sought to undermine it.
From the president to the vice president to the Texas quorum breakers, Democrats are relying on rhetoric and visibility to make their case to expand and defend voting rights. Meanwhile, Republicans are applying the muscle they enjoy in state capitals to change laws. For now, this is a formula that gives Republicans the upper hand….