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Mayes: Protect democracy with Voting Rights Act, mail ballots

July 9, 2020

Mayes: Protect democracy with Voting Rights Act, mail ballots

The United States will face a political crisis without significant changes to the election administration process.

Even if the presidential election is not particularly close, outcomes in close local races will cast a long shadow on political life in the United States. The makeup of the U.S. Senate will likely come down to one or two states. This will influence judicial nominations, which is especially relevant given that two Supreme Court justices are octogenarians. Control of entire legislative bodies could come down to one or two seats, which will have an enormous impact on redistricting.