Common sense, not partisanship, should dictate changes to voting

By Kevin O’Connor

In recent decades, American elections have been a source of both real and manufactured controversy. It seems we can no longer escape an election cycle without heated accusations of election rigging.

For Democrats, it’s exaggerated charges of vote suppression at the hands of Republicans who insist voters present valid identification at the polls. Republicans, on the other hand, wring their hands over almost any proposal that would make voting more user friendly.

By and large, these controversies, like so many that have come to dominate our politics, are more about agitating partisans than providing reasonable solutions to actual problems faced by real people. It was only a matter of time before this dynamic seeped into this election cycle, this time under the guise of the coronavirus.

Make no mistake, the COVID-19 outbreak has created very real challenges for our democracy. The Supreme Judicial Court was recently forced by legislative inaction to decide a case I brought — with two Democrats — to bring ballot access law into alignment with public health orders so that we can have fair elections in 2020. Thankfully, we won.

Now, we need to figure out how to ensure voters have the opportunity to cast a ballot safely, but leave it to Congressman Joe Kennedy III to propose a solution in search of a problem. And problems his idea is guaranteed to create.

Congressman Kennedy, in his eagerness to virtue signal to extreme progressives in his primary contest, says every state should put a ballot in the mailbox of every voter, whether they want one or not. This is how crass political gamesmanship overwhelms good intentions and good government.

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