By YENA SEO, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Despite a rapidly approaching presidential election, the American leaders present in the Reconstruction of the American South Committee struggled to pass a directive that would address the voting issues plaguing the United States of America. The officials were concerned about the safety of voters and candidates, and desperately attempted to draft directives that would address these concerns.
Two directives were presented to the committee: “Let the Good Times Roll” was given as a short-term solution, while “Do You Even Vote, Bro?” was offered as a long-term approach to the issues at hand.
“‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is not as detailed as ‘Do You Even Vote, Bro?’” Attorney General James Speed said. “We’re putting into place a long-term plan, and we’re putting polling places where free men will be able to vote.”
One of the main sponsors of “Do You Even Vote, Bro?” agreed with Speed. Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCullough emphasized that the long-term approach would be used for many years, and having voter registration and voter identification would protect the United States in the future.
Other members of the Reconstruction of the American South disagreed, arguing that a long-term framework was not what was immediately needed, and also had provisions that were questionable in nature and needed further discussion.
“The issue is that there are very few provisions in ‘Do You Even Vote, Bro?’ that are truly great,” Salmon P. Chase, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said. “Establishing the FEC is forward-thinking, but I am worried about its implementation, and there are only three clauses I find acceptable, which would be a very stripped-down version of the directive.”
“Let the Good Times Roll” offered short-term solutions, such as having federal troops and Secret Service members at elections to protect candidates.
Despite heated debate from many officials, both directives failed to pass in committee, and the presidential election is now underway with no tangible measures to ensure voter and candidate safety.