Liberal states are increasing entry to voting and making a “robust” celebration division by way of voting rights

In the meantime, The non-partisan group Voting Rights Lab (VRL) recently found that more than 30 new laws in 18 states have restricted access to the ballot box. The laws affect around 36 million people or around 16% of all eligible voters. On the other side of the coin, laws that make it easier to vote in 28 states affect about 63 million eligible voters, or about 27% of the pool of eligible voters.

The gap between changes in liberal and conservative states was highlighted in a recent VRL report entitled “A History of Two Democracies: How the Wave of Electoral Laws of 2021 Created a New American Fault Line”.

“There is a fault line developing between states that are working to strengthen our democracy and states that are actively restricting it,” Liz Avore, vice president of law and politics at VRL, told the Post. “It’s crazy when you look at the map … This division is really remarkable.”

However, there have been some positive changes in a handful of GOP-led states, including Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Montana. In some cases, states have increased balloting points or extended early voting times; in others they have given people with criminal convictions the right to vote or made it easier for people with disabilities to vote.

Kentucky Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams has brought up a particularly unusual case: his party must “stop being afraid of the electorate”.

“Let them vote and go out there and bring the matter up,” said Adams. “I want the Republicans to be successful. I consider it an unenforced mistake to shoot yourself in the foot by shrinking access in these states. You don’t have to do that. “

That’s just really new thinking for a Republican these days – and dare we say pro-democracy.

Below is a VRL summary of voting changes from across the country.


10 states have expanded the personal pre-voting
and only one restricted it
Nine states are giving election officials more time to process ballots
with zero states shortens the preprocessing time
Five states have passed election reporting and healing processes
and zero states have rolled back theirs
Four states have expanded voting rights or access for citizens with previous criminal convictions
and zero states did the opposite
Four states have passed new or improved laws on electronic ballot tracking
and zero states did the opposite

Anti-election trends

Eleven states have passed new electoral shift laws
with potentially chilling consequences for the bipartisan electoral administration in some of these places
10 states have created election-related crimes
with potentially suppressive effects
Eight states made it difficult to return ballots on behalf of voters
while one state made it easier
Six states have introduced new or more restrictive voter identification laws
while only one state took action to make its voter identification law fairer


22 states have expanded mail voting
while 11 have restricted it
13 states have improved voter registration
while three states imposed new registration barriers
Eight states have expanded the places for voting
while four states have restricted it

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