“We saw this past year a tidal wave of restrictive voting laws,” said Jasleen Singh, who works as a counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program and helped research the legislative proposals. “We’re finding there’s no sign of that tidal wave abating in 2022.”
The report argues that federal voting legislation
, now stalled in the US Senate
, offered the best tool to counter the coming onslaught of new laws in states where Republicans have a firm hold on the levers of government
Spate of restrictions in 2021
The flurry of legislative efforts to clamp down on ballot access hit new highs this year.
모두, the center found that lawmakers in 19 states had passed 34 restrictive election bills as of December 7 — as largely Republican-led legislatures raced to reshape the election systems in their states.
The laws passed in 2021 account for more than a third of all restrictive voting laws enacted since Brennan began tracking voting legislation a decade ago, researchers said.
Some of the laws passed this year — along with proposals under consideration during next year’s legislative sessions — take aim at mail voting and other alternative ways to cast ballots that election officials used in 2020 during the pandemic to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Conservative critics argue that voting by mail left elections vulnerable to fraud, although federal, state and local elections officials have insisted there’s no evidence of widespread wrongdoing that would have affected the outcome of last year’s election.
Jason Snead, who runs the conservative Honest Elections Project, said revising voting procedures is “going to be one of the top 10 문제” next year in state legislatures.
In some cases, 그는 말했다, lawmakers need to revisit procedures that were changed on an emergency basis during the height of the pandemic. 에 2020, “the pendulum was swung much more heavily in favor of personal safety from the virus than election integrity,” Snead said. “But does that make sense on an ongoing basis? Does that make sense now? Does that make sense in an election 10 지금부터 몇 년?”
In Georgia, a traditionally red state that President Joe Biden flipped last year, Republican lawmakers earlier this year enacted a sweeping new law that established ID requirements to vote by mail and limited ballot drop boxes to one per 100,000 registered voters. 결과적으로, populous Fulton County — which takes in much of Atlanta — went from 38 drop boxes during the 2020 election to eight, under the new law.
(An analysis earlier this year by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Public Broadcasting found that more than half the absentee voters in four heavily Democratic counties used drop boxes to return their ballots in the
2020 general election.
, who is seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor
, wants to eliminate the use of drop boxes
“Moving forward, we can return to a pre-pandemic normal of voting in person,” Miller said in a recent news release, announcing his bill. “Removing drop boxes will help rebuild the trust that has been lost. Many see them as the weak link when it comes to securing our elections against fraud.”
Georgia will host some of the marquee political battles of the midterms with the governor’s office, the secretary of state’s post and a US Senate seat all in contention in 2022.
In neighboring Florida, DeSantis — considered a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 — is pushing a slate of what he called “election integrity reforms” that he says will make “Florida the number one state for elections.”
올해 초, DeSantis signed into law a controversial bill that brought a raft of changes to election procedures in Florida
— including restrictions on ballot drop boxes
, stricter voter ID requirements for voting by mail and limits on who can pick up and return voters
’ 투표 용지.
’ new proposals
: the creation of a new
“office of election crimes and security
” — operating under Secretary of State Laurel Lee
, a DeSantis appointee
. The office would have an initial
$ 5.7 million budget and a staff of
52, under his budget proposal
DeSantis’ proposals also would increase penalties for collecting ballots from voters and push election supervisors to clean up their voting rolls more often
그 동안에, Florida state Rep
. Anthony Sabatini
— a Republican running for Congress
— 있다 introduced a bill that would require a third party to
“심사” 그만큼 2020 election results in each county with a population of
250,000 or larger