Greising: Jan. 6 Showed Us the Power of Voting Is Fragile. There Must Be Safeguards.

Even in the face of an anti-democratic movement, there are some signs that the commitment to truly representative government is still at work.

A resident drops off a vote-by-mail ballot in a secure drop box on October 02, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

If we’ve learned anything in the year since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, it’s that voting is vitally important. Defending the vote, and the nation’s commitment to honor the results of elections, is a bedrock principle of democracy.

It may be a bedrock, but events of the last year make it evident that the power of voting can be surprisingly fragile, too.

This is a national issue with huge repercussions. It’s also as local as the size and shape of state legislative districts, and the protections required for each voter in each state, county and city to be able to exercise their rights securely, safely and with equal say in the result.

One person, one vote: That’s the aim.