Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Remember to Thank LeBron James

You can count me among those grateful that LeBron James has decided that he will participate in our society in a positive way. There are many who believe that sports figures should "shut up and dribble" and then there are some who believe that they are the only ones who can save us from ourselves.

In any event, I am grateful for this effort. I am sorely disappointed that there isn't already a plan in place to ensure this happens, but what can you do? Many of our fine states are run by ratfucking Republican governors who don't want you to vote.
A group of athletes led by NBA star LeBron James will roll out a multimillion-dollar program in the next few weeks to recruit poll workers in heavily Black electoral districts for November’s election, a person familiar with the plans said on Monday.
More Than a Vote, a group of prominent athletes fighting voter suppression, will collaborate with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on the program in a dozen states, including battlegrounds such as Georgia, Michigan, Florida and Wisconsin, where disenfranchisement affects Black voters, the source said.

The New York Times first reported the effort, which will recruit young people as poll workers and include a paid advertising program and corporate partnership to encourage employees to volunteer as poll workers.
A shortage of poll workers to staff in-person voting sites amid worries about the coronavirus pandemic has led to dramatically fewer polling locations in some states that held primaries earlier this year, including Georgia and Wisconsin. That led to long lines, hours-long waits and widespread confusion, particularly in hard-hit African-American communities that felt the brunt of the cutbacks.
The open disenfranchisement of African-American voters is just one aspect of our current national shame. The fact that the Supreme Court enabled it and there aren't more Democrats raising holy hell about it is another part of it.

But, really, we need to encourage our fellow citizens to vote this time. And then vote in the 2022 midterms because that is where the GOP will stage their post-Trump comeback and convince people that they are the party of responsible governance and fiscal responsibility (yeah, right).

We need to make voting easier and more accessible to citizens. I am hoping that a blue tsunami in November will create a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish sane voting laws.

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