Holder: Coronavirus is ‘an Opportunity’ to Permanently Change Voting System

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Change System 

The Headline

Holder: Coronavirus is ‘an Opportunity’ to Permanently Change Voting System

The Grind

Former President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged that he sees the coronavirus as “an opportunity” to change the way U.S. citizens vote forever.

“Coronavirus gives us an opportunity to revamp our electoral system so that it permanently becomes more inclusive and becomes easier for the American people to access,” Holder told Time magazine.

Holder went on to say that he supports shifting toward a system with more mail-in ballots.

“There has to be a sea change in our thinking there,” he said when asked how important he thinks mail-in ballots will be going forward. “Allow people to access their primary American right by voting at home.

The Details

It’s not as if this is an untried concept. Oregon has been doing this for years. But we have to make sure that we’re being sensitive to the needs of poor communities and communities of color by doing things like having prepaid postage on envelopes. Construct a system so that you’ve got expanded in-person voting, you’ve got expanded at-home voting and expanded no-excuse absentee vote-at-home measures.”

Holder said he believes that these changes during the coronavirus crisis will help “enhance our democracy.”

Democrats across the country have been pushing for increased mail-in voting during the coronavirus crisis despite reports over the past week suggesting over 28 million mail-in ballots have been lost in the past 10 years and that thousands of ineligible voters could possibly receive mail-in ballots, including many dead people. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourned

The Headline

Trump: I’ll ‘Adjourn Both Chambers of Congress’ to Appoint Government Officials

The Grind

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to adjourn Congress in order to appoint judges and other federal officials to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.

“If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress. The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis,” Trump said at a White House briefing. “It is a scam what they do.”

“Perhaps it’s never been done before. Nobody’s even sure if it has. But we’re going to do it,” Trump said. “We need these people here.”

 

The Details

Many federal positions require Senate approval, and when the chamber is not in session, presidents can make “recess appointments.” The move sometimes draws criticism from the opposing party, but the action is not unusual (President Barack Obama made more than 30 such appointments during his two terms).

Both chambers hold what are known as pro forma sessions, a process Republicans used often to prevent Obama from temporarily filling vacancies without approval by the Senate. The Senate can shut down and senators can even go home while the chamber is technically in session. Read more…

 

 

 


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