Courtesy of our government oversight group:
Remember hanging chads? Butterfly ballots? If so, gulp. If not, you haven’t had to because our national standards for voting have been at least somewhat upheld as of late. But not for long. Only four days after Trump was inaugurated the House Committee quietly fast tracked a bold move to eliminate a key federal commission.
The Electoral Assistance Commission was created after the election of 2000 in order to improve election administration and, while it has been paralyzed by inaction as of late (as has much of our government), its mission is clear, and 38 groups, including the NAACP, Common Cause, and others have all decried the elimination of the only institution that oversees state compliance with Federal voting laws.
Thus we have an action item this week for you to pitch in to ensure democracy actually works! It’s not a sexy policy issue but the fact that it is getting little notice is exactly what makes it dangerous. As The Nation puts it, House Republicans just voted to eliminate the only federal agency that makes sure voting machines can’t be hacked.
In late January the House Committee quietly voted (on partisan lines) to push forward HR 634 the “Federal Electoral Commission Elimination Bill” – soon our local representatives will have to vote on this issue. It will now go to the full House for a vote.
Action: Call Congressman Jeff Duncan and ask him to vote AGAINST HR 634 and to RETAIN the bipartisan Electoral Assistance Commission. Let’s let him know we are carefully watching his vote and that we care about this issue.
DC: (202) 225-5301
Anderson: (864) 224-7401
Laurens: (864) 681-1028
email link: https://jeffduncan.house.gov/contact-me
As you likely know, South Carolina hasn’t had a stellar historical record in complying with federal voting laws and, therefore, as South Carolinians we have a special ethical imperative to push for the enforcement of fair national standards.
(Don’t be surprised if this action item comes back soon if it passes the House and moves to the Senate and we then have to contact our Senators… As we all know, it is a marathon, not a race but contacting Congressman Jeff Duncan is the focus for this week. We at Indivisible Clemson need to be vigilant and, dare we say, persistent.)
Here are some links with more information and also a link to INDIVISIBLE which provide some handy talking points for this topic.
Talking points from Indivisible for phone calls