Political science experts issue dire warning about filibuster and voting rights

More than 150 political science professors and scholars issued a statement urging Congress to bypass the stalling and pass the Voting Rights Act in response to Republican attempts to restrict voter access and nullify election results they don’t like.

“This is not an ordinary moment in the march of our democracy,” the signatories warned in a statement issued Sunday. “It’s a moment fraught with danger and danger.”

Scholars have called on Congress to pass the Freedom of Voting Act, a Senate bill that would enhance voter protection amid a conservative and anti-democratic offensive. Republican senators prevented the Senate from debating the bill last month. More than a dozen Republican-led state legislatures have introduced or passed measures intended to limit voter access or investigate unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in response to former President Donald Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

“Partisan politicization of what has long been a credible, nonpartisan election administration presents a clear and present threat to the future of electoral democracy in the United States,” the scholars wrote.

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Scholars warned that Republican attacks on democracy would likely lead to a prolonged period of oligarchic rule, “which the majority of the country rejects as undemocratic and illegitimate.”

“This would have grave consequences not only for our democracy, but also for the political system, economic prosperity and national security of the United States,” they wrote.

White Americans, who make up the majority of the Republican base, have seen their population decline relative to the total population over the past 10 years, according to census data. That was the first time in history. At the same time, many of the non-white ethnic groups that tend to vote Democrats have seen their populations increase. But many Republican-led legislatures, including those in Texas and Georgia, have used non-white-led population growth in their states to support conservative, predominantly white counties.

In their statement, the signers cited Lodge Pell, a voting rights bill that was murdered by a moratorium in 1890, as an example of what would happen if Congress refused to defend voting rights now.

“The result of this critical vote was that southern states were allowed, in the absence of any federal oversight, to pursue wholesale disenfranchisement of African Americans for the next 75 years,” they wrote.

“America’s defenders of democracy still have little chance of action,” they added. “But time is running out, and midnight approaches.”

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