When it comes to voting rights, being asked to compromise is typically a warning sign. There is no middle ground between the arsonist and the firefighter. Just as we don’t ask the media to compromise their right to publish news stories, we should not require citizens to compromise their rights as voters. After considering the For the People Act this past summer, Senator Joe Manchin, along with other key Senate Democrats, used the August recess to draft a long-awaited revision of the landmark voting rights bill. The Freedom to Vote Act, introduced this morning, reveals a surprisingly good voting rights bill. It reflects a sobriety and understanding of the challenges facing voters that is worthy of its lofty name. It is not just a reformulation of the prior For the People Act, but in many places, it is an improvement. https://www.democracydocket.com/news/my-thoughts-on-manchins-compromise-bill/ For lovers of democracy there is a lot to like in this bill. Critics will no doubt say it is a usurpation of state's rights to make their own election laws. In reality what it is is a recognition we need to have some degree of standardization in voting laws to prevent partisan actors on the state level from tilting voting laws in their favor. The problem being Senate Repubs hate the idea of preventing partisan actors on the state level from tilting voting laws in their favor. So unless Dems can figure out a way to carve out an exception to the filibuster to get this legislation passed McTreason will block it. Never has there been a better argument for doing away with the filibuster, giving the minority the power to thwart the majority's will any time they please.