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Tue Feb 9, 2021, 05:09 PM

While the republican defense is that the Democrats are suppressing the vote

Trump’s Election Lies Are Fueling a New GOP Voter Suppression Crusade

Fresh off Congressional Republicans’ attempt to overturn the 2020 election, state-level officials are on a disenfranchisement blitz, introducing more than 160 bills this year to restrict ballot access going forward.

By Eric Lutz
February 9, 2021

Even an inveterate liar like Donald Trump is capable of the occasional fugitive moment of honesty, however unintentional. The former president had just such an instant last spring, when he first began laying the foundation for the attacks on the integrity of the election that would, months later, lead to a deadly insurrection at the United States Capitol. Railing against proposals to ensure Americans could cast ballots safely in the pandemic, Trump in March betrayed the real reason efforts to expand the vote irked him so: “They had things,” he said, “levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

Like much of what Trump says, this idea didn’t originate with him; it’s been implicit in the GOP’s longstanding efforts to suppress votes among likely Democratic constituencies, particularly those cast by Black Americans. What Trump did was to put it all more crudely, to be more obvious about it, and then to push it to its logical endpoint: An attempt to cling to power by force after literally demanding his vice president throw out millions of legally cast ballots in states he happened not to win. He’s recently been impeached for a second time over the ignoble episode and this week is once again facing conviction, with Democrats—and a few Republicans—hoping that some measure of accountability will keep such an outrage from playing out again in the future. But the GOP, the majority of which is likely to acquit him once more, seems to have its own ideas for preventing future insurrections: Steal the election before it gets to that point.

Dozens of states have continued to expand voting access following the 2020 election, which saw historic participation. But across the country, particularly in key battleground states Trump lost to Joe Biden, Republicans are mounting an equally powerful counter-campaign to restrict voting, with state legislatures—largely under GOP control—introducing more than 160 bills aimed at limiting ballot access just in the 2021 session alone. That’s more than four times the number of similar bills that had been proposed this time last year, according to a Brennan Center analysis released Monday. Republicans have framed the bills and laws, many of which involve mail-in voting and voter ID requirements, as a concerted effort to strengthen the electoral process against nonexistent mass voter fraud. “Heading into 2022, ensuring we have security and integrity in our election system is extremely important,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said earlier this month. But after an election with record historic turnout put Democrats in charge of the White House and Congress, the impetus behind the blitz of Republican voting legislation is obvious.

“The only reason they’re doing this is to make voting harder because they didn’t like the results,” attorney Marc Elias, who led the response to Trump’s slapstick legal challenges to last year’s election results, told the New York Times last week. “And that’s shameful.”


This was my one free article at Vanity Fair.

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Tue Feb 9, 2021, 05:12 PM

1. Thank goodness for the astuteness of Marc Elias....

He is a fighter and a WINNER. So much winning.

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Tue Feb 9, 2021, 05:13 PM

2. So just repeating Trump lies as their defense?

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