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Opinion: Trump says the election is rigged unless he wins, and Republicans are busy setting up roadblocks to keep you from voting. Make sure your vote counts.
Election problems aren’t new, but let’s be real. This year is like none other before, and you need to get ready for it.
Expect President Trump, who says the Nov. 3 election is rigged unless he wins, to escalate his attacks on voting by mail to further undermine the process.
Expect Republicans to do everything in their power to set up roadblocks everywhere but especially in key battleground states to keep people from voting because they know that a higher turnout means losing the White House, the U.S. Senate and local control.
They’re busy making it hard for people to vote.
Just look what just happened in Georgia, an emerging battleground state. People waited up to 10 hours at the start of in-person voting. Why? Fewer polling places, a shortage of poll workers and a glitch with pollbooks, according to various news reports.
In Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott just won a court battle limiting the counties to one mail-ballot drop-off location, which voting rights advocates say amounts to voter suppression. It makes it harder to vote for everyone, they argue, but especially to the most COVID-19 vulnerable population, the elderly and the disabled.
These types of roadblocks are systemically designed to keep certain voters, mainly minorities, the elderly and the disabled from voting.
Yes, the GOP can make it tough on you
Democrats and voting rights advocates have long rebuked Republican efforts in Arizona, Texas and Georgia to restrict voting access by imposing voter ID laws, purging voters from the rolls and closing polling places – particularly in mostly Black and Latino precincts, according to USA TODAY.
Can Republicans do that? Yes.
And you can thank the U.S. Supreme Court justices who in 2013 decided to rid of a section of the Voting Rights Act that required some states and cities to get federal approval when changing voting laws or practices.
Is there anything you can do? Of course. Every single vote counts and in Arizona the stakes couldn’t be higher.
The Republican-leaning state is in play. Trump won it in 2016 by 3.5 percentage points but Democrat Joe Biden is ahead in the polls.
Democrat Mark Kelly is leading in the polls against Republican Sen. Martha McSally and Democrats are eyeing to flip the state House, which they haven’t controlled since the 1960s.
But here’s how to fight back
Here are four things you can do:
Vote early. If you have an early ballot, fill it out, sign it and mail it by Oct. 27. The list of voting centers and dropbox locations is available at locations.maricopa.vote or by calling 602-506-1511.
Vote in person. In Maricopa County, registered voters can cast a ballot at any of seven centers, which are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be 175 centers on Election Day, Nov. 3.
Become a poll worker. Poll workers are in demand, primarily because those who’d normally do it have opted out due to COVID-19 concerns.
Groups like Election Protection Arizona are recruiting poll workers particularly in rural parts of Coconino County. Those interested can text VOLUNTEER to 59271. Election officials train workers how to run a polling location and can earn between $85 and $155 per day, depending on their county of residence, said Nuvia Enriquez, the group’s media manager.
Become a poll monitor. Election Protection Arizona is also recruiting and training to “observe polling places across the state and report any potential voter intimidation, equipment malfunction or other barriers to voters,” she said. Text VOLUNTEER to 59271 if interested.
Don’t let anyone decide for you. Protect democracy with your vote and protect the integrity of the process.