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Saturday Night time 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 to roll again voting rights after final yr’s historic turnout and growth of mail-in ballots.

“Democrats have a transparent alternative,” Berman continued. “They will 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 following decade.”

“The stakes,” Berman added, “could not be greater.” That is as a result of, based on an analysis carried out by the Brennan Heart for Justice in late January, Republicans on the state degree 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 underneath full GOP management, the place passage is extra probably—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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