In response to a recent Letter to the Editor concerning the involvement of the federal government in elections, multiple national laws and amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been adopted when states have not acted in the best interests of all their citizens.
The 19th Amendment (1920) prohibits states from denying the right to vote based on sex (women being able to vote).
The 24th Amendment (1964) prohibits states from imposing poll taxes or other taxes to prevent mostly minorities from voting.
The 26th Amendment (1971) reduced the voting age to 18 in all federal elections.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibited literacy tests and other state-imposed methods that were being used to discriminate against certain potential voters.
Besides laws passed by Congress and amendments to the Constitution certified by three-fourths of the states, the U.S. Supreme Court has also made several rulings in favor of federal involvement in elections.
H.R. 1 (For the People Act) is in response to over 250 laws being introduced in states to modify election laws.
There should be some uniform standards in all the states.
The provisions of H.R. 1 should be discussed but the ability of the federal government and U.S. Supreme Court to be involved in elections has been validated numerous times over the past century to the great benefit of ALL U.S. citizens.
Henry S. Woloson