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Our country was founded on the principle of one man, one vote. What “one man” means has gradually expanded to mean “one person,” regardless of race or gender. Our country has a history of alternately making voting more and less difficult.
This session, our congresswoman, Abigail Spanberger, has worked hard to make it less difficult. She was one of the original cosponsors of the Voting Rights Advancement Act, the bill that will help to make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote will be able to. Thanks to her, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in December.
This year we are also seeing legislation working its way through the Virginia General Assembly that will make voting easier for people by allowing us to vote absentee ahead of Election Day. We already have that right if we have an excuse, such as being out of town. Hopefully we will soon have that right without having to produce an excuse. People with crazy busy lives, like so many of us have, will be able to vote without having to sacrifice time at the job or with the family.
Upholding our democratic ideal of one person, one vote is certainly something all Americans can agree on. This will bring us closer to upholding that ideal.
Mary Kranz Louisa
Editor’s note: this letter originally appeared in the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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