According to FiveThirtyEight, every state legislature in the union except Ohio, Louisiana, North Carolina, Delaware, and Vermont are considering bills to restrict voting based on the “Big Lie” that there was widespread fraud during the 2020 presidential election.
The following states have more than ten such voting bills under consideration: Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Mississippi, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.
Most of these bills deal with restrictions on absentee voting and voter ID. But there are also bills under consideration that deal with voter registration, voter-roll purges, in-person early voting, disability access ,provisional ballots, polling places, student voting, and criminal disenfranchisement.
Here is a taste:
Still, what’s in the bills is more important than how many pass, and many of them would still have wide-ranging implications for future elections — even if only a handful of them become law. As of Friday, March 26, 53 of the 306 bills had passed at least one step of the legislative process and still had a chance of becoming law.4 In total, nine had passed committee, while 34 had passed one legislative chamber. Four had passed both legislative chambers and were awaiting the governor’s signature, and six had already been enacted. Those six are:
- A Kentucky bill that prohibits the governor and secretary of state from changing election laws in an emergency, as they did last year to allow anyone to cast an absentee ballot amid the pandemic.
- A pair of Arkansas bills that tighten the state’s voter ID law — most notably, to remove the option for ID-less voters to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity.
- A Utah bill that cross-references the voter rolls with death records and purges any matches.
- A major election-law overhaul in Iowa that, among other things, cuts nine days of early voting, closes Election Day polling places one hour earlier, gives voters less time to request and return absentee ballots, caps the number of ballot drop boxes at one per county and prohibits people from returning someone else’s absentee ballot (with limited exceptions for caregivers, family and household members).
- And, of course, that controversial Georgia bill. In addition to the provisions we already described, the law restricts drop boxes to early voting locations, standardizes early-voting hours, gives voters less time to request absentee ballots, prohibits the mailing of unsolicited absentee-ballot applications, allows unlimited voter challenges and prescribes a series of smaller changes.
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