2021 Was Awful For Voter Suppression, 2022 May Not Be Better

Republican Voter Suppression 2021

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More than once this year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to his party’s voter suppression efforts by pretending they didn’t exist.

“States are not engaging in trying to suppress voters whatsoever,” the GOP leader told reporters in March. “The biggest lie being told in American politics in recent weeks has been that the states are involved in a systematic effort to suppress the vote,” the Kentuckian added months later.

The truth was more crushing.

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law issued a report in the fall explaining that too many state legislatures “have proposed and enacted legislation to make it harder for Americans to vote, justifying these measures with falsehoods steeped in racism about election irregularities and breaches of election security.”

In all, against a backdrop of Donald Trump’s Big Lie, 19 states approved 33 laws that make it harder for Americans to participate in their own democracy in 2021.

That’s a brutal tally, which may yet get worse in 2022. Read more.

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