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Voting Should be 'The Easiest Right to Exercise,' Former Rep. Joe Cunningham Writes

The past year has seen an unprecedented nationwide assault on voting rights.

From the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol to the 33 voter suppression bills passed in 19 states, our democracy is as fragile as ever. All of these measures ultimately seek to limit the right to vote, particularly among Black voters.

The right to vote is central to our democracy. It is one of our most precious rights and should be the great equalizer; regardless of any other factors, at the ballot box, everyone has one equal vote.

It should be the easiest right to exercise.

Unfortunately, it rarely works that way. The U.S. already has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among the world's democracies. In 2020, which saw record turnout in our country, only 66.2% of registered voters cast ballots - ranking us 24th out of 35 democracies for turnout.

Make no mistake: low turnout is by design.