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State Voting Laws

The Brennan Center tracks voting legislation around the country, keeping an eye on measures to restrict or expand voting access, restore voting rights, and improve security.

Overview

Each year, the Bren­nan Center publishes regu­lar roundups of voting legis­la­­tion around the coun­­try.

Since the 2020 elec­­tion, voting legis­la­­tion has taken on new import­ance in state legis­latures across the coun­­try. Start­ing in 2021 and continu­ing into this year, lawmakers have aggress­ively attem­p­ted to limit voting access and roll back the gains of an elec­­tion conduc­ted during the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

This year, lawmakers are actively pursu­ing legis­la­tion that would allow for partisan inter­fer­ence with the elec­­tions process, includ­ing propos­als that would create processes to over­­turn elec­­tion results, crim­in­al­­ize elec­­tion offi­­cials for honest mistakes, or require suspect audits of past and future elec­­tions. These bills stand to not only harm exist­ing elec­­tion admin­is­tra­­tion, but they also under­­mine voters’ faith in the secur­ity of elec­­tions.

So far, six states have enacted nine elec­tion inter­fer­ence laws. Over­all, at least 148 elec­tion inter­fer­ence bills have been intro­­duced in 27 states. Mean­while, two states have enacted two laws that restrict access to the vote. Over­all, at least 393 restrict­ive voting bills have been proposed in 39 state legis­latures.

During the same time­­frame, pro-voter legis­lat­ors are push­ing back, seek­ing to expand access to the vote and build on the momentum that led to the biggest voter turnout in over a century in 2020. Thus far, four states have enacted five laws that expand the right to vote. Over­­all, at least 596 bills with expans­ive provi­­sions have been proposed in 44 state legis­latures.

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