Protect Voting Rights and Democracy
One year ago, an insurrection resulted in the first attack on our nation’s Capitol in more than 200 years, five deaths, hundreds of injuries and, as new evidence is revealing daily, only narrowly stopped short of overturning our democracy.
That insurrection was fueled by months of lies from then-President Donald Trump and his allies about the results of the 2020 election, deemed by experts and dozens of courts as free and fair. In the wake of that insurrection, those lies have only been amplified for politically partisan reasons, eroding public confidence to the point where some polls suggest half of all Americans do not trust our elections.
Every study has found that true election fraud is a rare and miniscule issue, while the real problem the one-third to one-half of eligible voters who do not participate. Despite that, with the lies growing louder and more frequent, legislatures in more than a dozen states passed new laws changing the rules on who and how votes can be cast and who and how will count those votes, all with an aim to make it harder to vote and easier for partisans to overturn the will of a majority.
The U.S. Senate is expected to again consider two measures – the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 4) aimed at protecting voting rights and restoring confidence.
The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is renewing its call for the Senate to pass these two bills and is asking business leaders to show their support for this right that is fundamental to a functioning democracy, which is just as fundamental to a functioning market economy.