We’ve come a long way, brother. Full circle, it might even seem. Several times.
Champions for voter rights have historically fought for the ability to vote freely and unfettered by the political interests of those having a direct influence on them.
The article at the link below relates an engaging account of the early days as voters exercised their rights, to the extent of fending off thugs at times. The story recounts the evolution of our voting system and the perpetual struggle to live up to the calling: “Are you not a man in the full vigor of manhood and strength?”
This is the Spirit of Democracy. Keep it alive!