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Saturday Evening Owls: The GOP has launched 100+ voter suppression payments in 28 states in 2021

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Republicans throughout the nation, Berman mentioned, are “weaponizing Trump’s lies” about fraud in an try and roll again voting rights after final yr’s historic turnout and enlargement of mail-in ballots.

“Democrats have a transparent selection,” Berman continued. “They’ll eliminate the filibuster to cross the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the Folks Act to cease GOP voter suppression, or they’ll permit the GOP to undermine democracy for the subsequent decade.”

“The stakes,” Berman added, “could not be greater.” That is as a result of, in keeping with an analysis performed by the Brennan Heart for Justice in late January, Republicans on the state stage have launched 3 times as many payments to chip away at voting rights in comparison with the identical level final yr.

Already this yr, 106 payments have been launched in 28 states—together with 17 below full GOP management, the place passage is extra seemingly—to undermine entry to the franchise. According to the Brennan Heart’s report, “These proposals primarily search to: (1) restrict mail voting entry; (2) impose stricter voter ID necessities; (3) restrict profitable pro-voter registration insurance policies; and (4) allow extra aggressive voter roll purges.”

“These payments,” the report argues, “are an unmistakable response to the unfounded and dangerous lies about fraud that adopted the 2020 election.”

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