To the Editor: 

Our two U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, are generally decent likeable Democrats. But they are dragging their feet on the critical issue of voting rights. Oh, they’ll tell you they’re on record as supporting the two voting rights bills in the Senate. But that’s not nearly good enough. And that has to change immediately.

Everyone knows the only way we can actually pass these bills into law is to make an exception to the filibuster — that outdated procedure used for decades by racists to block all sorts of civil rights reforms. It allows the Republican minority to block voting rights. It’s why we can’t have nice things.

To get federal voting rights guarantees we must refuse to allow the perpetrators of Jan 6 to block it. The filibuster must be cast aside. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth must do some heavy lifting in the Senate. They must put maximum pressure on any and all of their Senate colleagues. That means calling and meeting with Manchin and Sinema. That means leveraging their relationships with Republicans. That means using all their legislative skill. That means getting on national TV and demanding voting rights legislation now. That means supporting the efforts of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and of President Biden.

It means refusing to take no for an answer. It means doing whatever it takes.

When I saw the great Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) make an impassioned and compelling speech on voting rights, I said to myself: where the heck are my Senators? Why aren’t doing that? Why aren’t they putting themselves out there? Why aren’t they fighting hard for what we know is right? Why aren’t they using the great powers we vested them with as the voters of Illinois?

We must pass voting rights in early 2022. Otherwise voters will be disenfranchised. We’ll lose a lot of elections. Democrats will become a permanent minority in both the House and Senate. The very Senators not doing enough right now, will be powerless to help us later. It will be too late.

Please take 5 minutes and call Dick Durbin at (202) 224-2152. Take another 5 minutes and call Tammy Duckworth at (202) 224-2854. It’s a proven fact that the pressure we constituents can put on them matters.

Michael Aaron

(3) comments

JayeRyanEastHP

Nope.

Vote fraud ain't a "Civil Right"

Unless you are disabled, there is no reason any legal American can get up and go vote in person in the legal polling station where they live.

We can't get a 6 pack of beer without showing a drivers license or other state ID.

I don't think it's too much to ask the same to go vote.

Democrats could honestly win elections without mail in voting, vote harvesting if they did things like offer basic city services like....

Picking up the garbage

Teach poor child in person in quality public schools

Enforcing sensible laws against.....car jacking, organized looting, murder

I love our/my city of Chicago but sometimes I want to throw up my hands and ... give up, leave, flee to some place where the local authorities do...

Pick up the garbage

Teach poor students..

Sigh

Integrity

Isn't it odd that this "assault on voting rights" is occurring in Red States that have LESS Restrictive voting laws than Blue States? The double standard is interesting.

Integrity

Is that the same filibuster that the Democrats, including Biden and Shumer were yelling to protect a few years ago?

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