Curiosity about Voting, The Constitution, and Law

This is part two of my day-off-curiosity about voting. As noted in the previous post, it is moral obligation to cast your vote. And there has been a bevy of action in State legislatures about voting. So… the moral landscape may be changing. I was curious.

As of mid-February, thirty-three states have introduced, prefiled, or carried over 165 bills to restrict voting access. These proposals primarily seek to: (1) limit mail voting access; (2) impose stricter voter ID requirements; (3) reduce voter registration opportunities; and (4) enable more means and reasons to purge voter roll. But then other state lawmakers are seizing on an energized electorate and persistent interest in democracy reform. By mid-February, thirty-seven states have introduced, prefiled, or carried over 541 bills to expand voting access mostly regarding the same topics listed above.

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Curious about voting

It is my day off and I am curious. About what? About H.R.-1, the For the People Act of 2021. This is a Democratically sponsored bill in the House of Representatives that addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and more. It is discussed, pro and con, in the news, by politically oriented talk shows, former presidents, current presidents, and places in between. So, I spent part of the day being curious about the details and issues attending the topic at hand.

I wondered if there is a moral obligation to cast a vote. Of course, there are lots of voting guides for Catholics, discussions about the forming of a moral conscience, but I did not easily find anything on the basic moral obligation to participate in the civic function of voting. But if one is curious enough… Continue reading

Jonah: 40 days

Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.” (Jonah 3:4) I think it noteworthy that Jonah does not announce the reason for the destruction or by whose hand, what the Ninevites can do to avert disaster, only that there is a set time of 40 days. What was the reaction of the Ninevites to Jonah’s proclamation? “When the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.” (v.5) It does not seem as though it took a whole lot to get Nineveh to repent.

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