“If you don’t have the Black representation, you don’t get a voice."
Brenda Lawrence, Michigan’s only Black member of Congress, who is retiring, regarding the importance of having Black representation on Capitol Hill. For the first time in almost 70 years, Detroit will not have a Black Democrat in Congress. Residents could elect a Black Republican to the U.S. House, but GOP candidates face a voting block from the predominantly Democratic city. (NPR — Nov. 7, 2022)
Ellen Gustafson, co-founder of the Vet the Vote campaign, which recruits veterans and military families to serve as poll workers. So far, the group has enlisted more than 63,000 people to volunteer as poll workers nationwide. (NPR — Nov. 4, 2022)
Mital Ghandi, a parent from northern Virginia, regarding the tip line that Gov. Youngkin set up for people to submit complaints about the education system. While there was some positive feedback, the majority of the emails sent to the tip line were expressing anger or frustration with teachers, administrators and school policies. (Associated Press — Nov. 3, 2022)
“While this case certainly presents serious questions, the court cannot craft an injunction without violating the First Amendment.”U.S. District Court Judge Michael Liburdi, regarding his order that members of Clean Elections USA could not monitor ballot drop boxes in Arizona and must stay at least 250 feet away from the locations. The ruling came following complaints that people wearing masks and carrying guns were intimidating voters. (Associated Press — Nov. 2, 2022)
“We see this already with the efforts to encourage hand counting of ballots, which is less accurate and takes much more time.”David Becker, founder and director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, regarding various groups’ attempts to create uncertainty in the elections systems to further their own political agendas through doubt and mistrust. The majority of candidates running for top election offices in their state oppose hand counting ballots, which is more expensive, more time-consuming and more error prone than using machines to tabulate the vote, according to the Associated Press. (Governing — Nov. 2, 2022)