Objecting to the Electoral Ballots is not new, but 1/6/21 was indeed different!! I must admit, I have never watched the proceedings before as it is usually ceremonial, lasting approximately 30- 60 minutes.
The 2020 Census has been a political tug-of-war, with the Trump administration seeking to restrict its ability to include undocumented immigrants and marginalized communities in general. Check out this “deep dive” into the story, and the importance, of the census.
The current system of determining electoral votes vary from state to state and “Battleground” states receive 7% more federal grants than “spectator” states, twice as many presidential disaster declarations, more Superfund enforcement exemptions, and more No Child Left Behind law exemptions. Lastly, these statutes have allowed five of our 45 Presidents to take office without having won the most popular votes nationwide.
Americans across race, place of origin, and zip code turned out in record numbers to stand with and for each other, despite the pandemic and deliberate barriers from day-long lines to the elimination of drop boxes.
In an unexpected “win” for voting rights and justice, it was discovered recently Haywood County, Tennessee, was overwhelmingly blue in a sea of red. Historians and analysts (and myself) think there might be a correlation with the dark past and conciliatory and healing efforts that have taken place in Haywood County in recent years.
Change only happens when people wanted something different. My Uncle Elbert was prescribed a life that he didn’t want to take “as is” so he fought for something different and better for himself and the people he loved. The residents in Haywood County have made a statement, through their votes, that they want something different for Haywood County and America.
New and experienced voters are often confused as to what is the electoral college, how is this elite group comprised, and why, in this day and age, we continue to use this artifact. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won several million more votes from the American People than Donald Trump. However, Trump won based on the number of electoral college votes. Who are these people? Are we getting screwed or is there something that we are missing? Let’s start by considering why it exists in the first place.
If you have moved in the last 30 days, you will need to re-register. You can update your information through this online voter registration page before October 19 or go to your city or township clerk. If you have moved and have not changed your address for voting, you will need to do that.
If you have received your absentee ballot and then decided to vote in person on election day, contact your clerk for instructions. If you need assistance with your absentee ballot, read the specific instructions regarding that.
Voting by mail has been championed — rightly, experts say — as the safest way to participate in the 2020 election while the nation remains under threat from the coronavirus. However, voting by mail disproportionately disenfranchises voters of color.
In a surprising move last week, the US Census Bureau announced that the will cut short the door-to-door efforts at the end of September instead of the end of October. This has implications for the integrity of the entire project, but especially in Michigan where we could lose $1800 of federal funds each year for each person that goes uncounted.
Since Election Day is only a few days away, it’s a great idea to drop off your ballot rather than mail it. Find your clerk! Go to Ballotpower.org or the Michigan Secretary of State’s office website to locate your clerk’s office.