Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Hope and Persistence in Troubled Times and Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times, both with newly updated editions. His work has appeared in many major newspapers, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.
Getting to the polls is just the first step.
It's been a frustrating time since November 2008. Our challenge is not to bemoan our disappointments but to continue to engage with the political process.
As the Democratic majority in Congress weighs several measures to
address voter suppression, the time is right for real voting reform on
the local level.