As a citizen of Georgia and the United States of America I’m anxious about the future of our country. Our election system is under attack by those who want to maintain and gain power regardless of what voters want.
I became active with elections when I was a poll observer for the November, 2020 presidential election. I spent fourteen hours at the poll and I’m glad to say that the day was uneventful and the process ran smoothly.
However, I am very concerned about gerrymandering and the power grab made by Republican state legislators in North Carolina. Politicians in NC want to allow state legislators to determine the election rules without any input or oversight by state and federal judges, or the voters themselves through referendums. This would allow the legislature to have sole power over elections.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the independent state legislature theory as far back as 1916. Summarizing this ruling, the non-partisan League of Women Voters said “… the ultimate power to legislate comes from the people, and the people should be in control of their representatives, not the other way around.”