We can fix this

By Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts

Here’s an understatement: Our politics can be polarizing.

But everywhere I’ve gone in this country, from Massachusetts to Ohio to Oklahoma to California, there’s one thing I have never heard someone disagree with:

Every single vote should matter.

Right now, it doesn’t.

That’s the hard truth, thanks to discriminatory voter ID laws, early voting restrictions, disenfranchisement of felons, and — here’s a big one — partisan gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is at the heart of so many of our problems.

It’s why people feel like their vote doesn’t always count. It’s why politicians feel like they don’t have to be accountable to their constituents.

And it’s why sometimes our elections don’t really reflect the will of our voters.

It’s time for those days to end. I’m standing up with OFA, former Attorney General Eric Holder’s national redistricting team, and other organizations across the country who are demanding fairer districts — and you should, too.

This work won’t be easy or glamorous.

It’ll happen in state legislatures and on local ballot initiatives, and in living rooms across the country — as people like you become local leaders, and talk to friends and neighbors about how important this fight is.

But if we pay attention, if we really dig in, we can fix this. We can change our own districts, and then our states, and then our country.

In many places, we already are. Three weeks ago, Ohio voters overwhelmingly voted to end gerrymandering in their state. Meanwhile, judges in Pennsylvania and North Carolina recently confirmed what we already knew: Partisan rigging of districts is unconstitutional.

We know we can keep up the progress — and we have great leaders like President Obama, Eric Holder, Nancy Pelosi, and Terry McAuliffe taking the lead on this. But we’ll need every progressive voice we have if we’re going to win.

No matter what state you live in, I promise you: There’s something you can do to help. Get trained. Talk to a friend. Take up a ballot initiative. Volunteer remotely.

For now, join OFA’s team — and they’ll plug you into ways you can get involved at the local and national level leading up to November.

Thank you,

Sen. Elizabeth Warren