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.
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
I know what you’re thinking…”Is he really going to step into the milieu of this election? He’s a priest and should stay out of politics and stick to matters of the Faith.” Despite these imagined misgivings, I am indeed jumping into voting fraud and suspicious voting patterns…But then the US presidential elections are not the only elections underway in the world.
As you no doubt know, election management and subsequent counting of votes is under the control and province of the States – and each State has a different process for voting and counting votes. The folks at FiveThirtyEight.com (Nate Silver and crew) have put together a nice all-in-one-place summary that answers “when will votes be counted?” You can read the full article here: Just thought you might want to know.
Another article at the same website, Nate Silver suggests that despite all the different state’s reporting (e.g., Pennsylvania does not begin to count early votes until election day), there is a 70% chance that the overall results will be known by 3:00 am Wednesday morning. We’ll see.