Elections in the US are consciously and intentionally designed to minimise people’s ability to vote. Polling locations are restricted, it’s at the discretion of bosses whether any employee gets time off to vote, registration is a pain and has to be updated frequently. This is why you see long lines and people waiting for hours on end every election in the US (and it’s at its worst every four years during a presidential election).
Without federal intervention through legislation, states generally get to run rampant with these kinds of voter suppression tactics. The latest is in Wisconsin, where a judge has ruled that absentee ballot drop boxes are, for some inexplicable reason, illegal.
Drop boxes are essential for democracy because, again, the inability to take time off work or stand in a queue for hours prevents many people from voting. Absentee and early ballots can be dropped of in designated locations in many states, which helps enfranchise the disabled, elderly, rural, and poor communities.
It’s the only way Republicans can win on a national level. It’s why voter turnout is so low.
The US was never much of a democracy, if it was every right to call it one, but the tragedy is it’s only going to get worse. And if you’re an American worried about this, call Joe Manchin’s and Kyrsten Sinema’s offices, and don’t stop calling.
Even if new voting rights legislation passes, federal courts will do their best to eviscerate it, but if we can’t even begin to fight for the right to vote, we can’t act surprised when the fascists win.