Democracy Experts Release Statement Of Concern In Aftermath Of Donald Trump’s Election Lies
Over 100 experts and scholars of Democracy have come together to pen a letter of warning, or as they officially title ita Statement of Concern. In it they address Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, and the ripple effect on election laws and democracy across the nation.
The full letter can be found here, at New America.
The signers include professors of Political Science, Government, Sociology, Law, Psychology, and International Studies, as well as members of groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy, and total over 100. In their letter, they warn that they have watched, in recent months, “adical changes to core electoral procedures in response to unproven and intentionally destructive allegations of a stolen election.”
They’re hardly the first to express concern about election restrictions. Even President Joe Biden has spoken, specifically calling the new laws in Georgia, which include new voter ID rules, limit ballot dropboxes,and reinforce that it’s a crime to give water to voters in long lines, “Jim Crow in the 21st century,”and “a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience.”
The signers of the Statement of Concern emphasize these views. They say, in part:
“[Republicans] are seeking to restrict access to the ballot, the most basic principle underlying the right of all adult American citizens to participate in our democracy. They are also putting in place criminal sentences and fines meant to intimidate and scare away poll workers and nonpartisan administrators. State legislatures have advanced initiatives that curtail voting methods now preferred by Democratic-leaning constituencies, such as early voting and mail voting. Republican lawmakers have openly talked about ensuring the “purity” and “quality” of the vote, echoing arguments widely used across the Jim Crow South as reasons for restricting the Black vote.”
The letter specifically addresses Donald Trump’s lies and their effect on the public trust, reading, “The reason that Republican voters have concerns is because many Republican officials, led by former President Donald Trump, have manufactured false claims of fraud, claims that have been repeatedly rejected by courts of law, and which Trump’s own lawyers have acknowledged were mere speculation when they testified about them before judges.”
Their proposed solution? Congress must do “whatever is necessary,” to pass national election standards that ensure equal access to voting for all Americans, and prevent state legislatures from implementing discriminatory rules to control the outcome, even if it means suspending the filibuster — a matter of some contention in Congress currently.