One Big Thing: Do You Support a Change in Voting Laws?
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As of May 14th, Republican state legislators have introduced 389 bills across 48 states aimed at further tightening US election laws. Many of the bills target mail-in voting and other policies that became widespread during the 2020 election cycle. They also seek to add stricter voter ID requirements, narrower eligibility for absentee voting, and make it difficult to get on or stay on voter rolls. These bills are particularly controversial in Georgia where razor-thin margins helped Biden carry the state in 2020. According to Republicans, these measures are necessary to make elections more secure and more transparent. After the way in which people voted changed so dramatically in 2020, it is important that trust is restored in our elections by ensuring fraud does not occur. According to Democrats, these current bills are an extension of Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud during 2020. They say that these bills only seek to silence the voices of Black and brown voters who will be disproportionately affected. Recently, the House passed the For the People Act (H.R. 1) which lays out broad election and anti-corruption measures. Read more about the bill HERE.
Track voting bills as they pass through state legislatures HERE
Read more from the US Government HERE
Authored by James Robson
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