Florida Republicans have introduced a new bill aimed at improving voter confidence by restricting access to the ballot box. The bill in question would require voters to request mail ballots more frequently, add more identification requirements for mail voting, and limit how drop boxes are used. It would also ban giving any item—including food and water—or interacting with voters within 150 feet of a polling location. This provision is similar to one included in a recent election reform law enacted in Georgia.Visit NBC News
Democrats and Republicans in Congress are squaring off for what may become an intensely bitter fight over the For the People Act, as massive voting rights and ethics reform bill being pushed by Democrats. Given the lack of support among Republican senators, Senate Democrats are considering whether to reform or eliminate the filibuster in order to pass the bill. Democrats and progressive organizations see the bill as a necessary counter to the nationwide effort among state Republican lawmakers to pass bills restricting voting access.
Republican lawmakers in Texas have introduced over two dozen bills which would limit voters’ access to the ballot box. These bills include eliminating drive-thru early voting, limiting early voting hours, shrinking the time period when mail-in ballots can be returned, and penalizing local election officials for not purging voters quickly enough. As has happened in several other states in the wake of Democratic victories in the 2020 election, these bills have been introduced in the name of preventing voter fraud, though there is no
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a Republican-backed bill into law which limits and restricts Iowans’ access to the ballot box. The law shortens the early voting period from 29 to 20 days, requires mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day, closes voting sites at 8pm rather than 9pm, bans election officials from sending absentee ballot request forms unless requested, and removes voters from active voting lists if they miss a single election and don’t report a change in address or register as
The annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference was held in Orlando this year. Speakers throughout the conference repeated false and disproven claims of voter fraud and allegations that the 2020 election was rigged in favor of Joe Biden. The climax of the conference was a 90 minute speech by former president Trump (his first public speech since leaving office) in which he repeated many of the false and misleading claims and called for reforms which would make it harder to vote.Visit the NBC