Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) wants a radical overhaul of our voting system and is citing the realities of daily life during the coronavirus pandemic as the rationale for her proposal.
Warren’s universal vote-by-mail plan shows where the left-wing of the Democratic Party wants to take the country seven months ahead of the presidential election.
Republican lawmakers remain adamantly opposed to Warren’s proposal. (NPR)
The proposed plan calls for $4 billion in new elections funding, 30 days of required early voting and a mail-in ballot to be sent to every registered voter in the country. It was published Tuesday morning, the same day as the controversial Wisconsin primary, which saw thousands of voters disregarding health guidance to wait in line at polling stations.
“The chaos and the attempt to suppress the vote in Wisconsin should be a wake-up call for the United States Congress,” Warren said in an interview with NPR. “We need to act immediately.”
Republicans, and some Democrats at the state level, have long opposed federal mandates on voting administration, arguing that it’s up to the states to run their own elections. But Warren disagrees; the voting plan she released while she was still running for president, for instance, called for a “uniform federal ballot” and federal voting machines.
Another common criticism is that Democrats, like Warren, are using the emergency as an excuse to push for reforms that they’ve long wanted. The sort of reforms where, if implemented, according to President Trump, “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”