Pa.’s Shapiro, 21 AGs tell Congress to guard against voter suppression | Monday Morning Coffee
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has joined attorneys general in 21 other states to send a a letter to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, urging them to pass legislation protecting against voter suppression and election subversion. And, while they’re at it, maybe reform the filibuster too.
“Following the 2020 presidential election, we witnessed something many of us considered unthinkable: an attempt by the then-sitting President of the United States [Donald Trump], assisted by certain state elected officials, to steal a presidential election,” the AGs wrote in their Aug 2 letter, according to our sibling site, the Michigan Advance.
Shapiro and his fellow lawyers said they were writing to “emphasize that the peril to our democracy did not end on Inauguration Day, with the transfer of power from one administration to another. To safeguard our democracy, it is vital that Congress act promptly —including, if necessary, to reform the filibuster — to pass legislation protecting against both voter suppression and election subversion.”
The coalition is led by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.
In addition to Shapiro, other state AGs who signed on are from: California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, the Advance reported.
Voters line up at a polling place on Election Day (Source: Wikimedia Commons).
“Each of our offices worked to ensure that the 2020 general election was conducted freely, fairly, and with integrity. Our offices challenged changes made by the United States Postal Service that slowed mail delivery and increased the risk that some votes cast by mail would not be counted,” the letter continues. “Some of our offices also defended modifications made by our internal elections administrators to ensure that voters had a fair opportunity to vote and that their votes were properly counted during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. We made clear that voter intimidation at the polls would not be tolerated. And our offices successfully defended democracy by opposing the effort of 18 states to overthrow the presidential election results.”
The prosecutors noted that Trump did not succeed in his efforts to overturn the election because “the legal arguments …were generally so extraordinarily weak that they did not have even the veneer of legitimacy.” And some Democratic and GOP election officials, including those in Pennsylvania, “refused to buckle under pressure at critical points,” the Advance reported.
However, the coalition argues that federal legislation is necessary to strengthen voting protections and prevent election subversion. Republican lawmakers in 48 states, including Pennsylvania, have bills clamping down on voting rights.
The AGs also note the growing right-wing push for partisan election probes, including in Pennsylvania, that seek to undermine public faith in the process.
“The truths upon which this nation was founded are self-evident. They are not self-executing, however. The profound challenges confronting our democracy demand that Congress act to prevent voter suppression and election subversion. Irrespective of one’s views on the value of the filibuster in general, it must not be allowed to stop Congress from addressing these issues so fundamental to our Constitution and democracy,” the letter concludes.
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