The legislation amends the state’s original strict law which had been struck down by multiple courts as racially discriminatory over years of litigation. It makes some advances while raising new concerns.
It is not a credible effort to improve election integrity. With a Republican chair and vice chair, it is not bipartisan. And several officials reportedly being considered for it are some of the most well-known supporters of voting restrictions.
A House committee meets today to consider eliminating a federal agency that sets security standards for voting machines. This would pose a risky and irresponsible threat to our election infrastructure.
Last time a president pushed the Justice Department to go on a voter fraud witch hunt, its integrity was shot and Americans’ voting rights suffered. This could be the opening salvo to another wide-ranging effort to restrict voting rights nationwide.
The notion that millions voted illegally is preposterous. An expensive investigation of imaginary voter fraud is not needed and could easily devolve into a witch hunt. Worse, it could justify sweeping voting restrictions.