Ronald Reagan's Advice on Protecting Democracy
"Good citizenship and defending democracy means living up to the ideals and values that make this country great."
—Ronald Reagan, 1986 speech to Marines at Paris Island
And out of all the ideals and values we hold dear as American citizens, Reagan knew that our freedom to vote was the greatest of all. Because it keeps the government beholden to the will of the people. Not the other way around.
That's why he signed into law the 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act. And it's why he claimed an "unbending commitment to voting rights." Because when all Americans votes are not counted, the government goes unchecked.