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19 states enact legal guidelines to limit voting, new tally finds

The report, which covers legislative exercise by means of September 27, finds that:

  • 4 states bundled collectively an array of latest voting restrictions into single omnibus payments: Texas, Florida, Georgia and Iowa.
  • 4 states — Arkansas, Montana, Texas and Arizona — handed a number of legal guidelines to limit voting.
  • Many state legal guidelines hit on widespread themes. Seven, for example, imposed more durable identification necessities to forged ballots. Seven states additionally shortened the window to use for a mail-in ballots.

The report additionally highlights a rising divide within the nation. Some states have headed in one other path and have lowered limitations to voting. In all, 25 states have enacted 62 legal guidelines that broaden voting entry, Brennan’s researchers concluded.

Final month, for example, closely Democratic California turned the eighth state to enact a regulation to routinely mail ballots to each voter.

“The states that already made it onerous to vote are making it more durable,” mentioned Eliza Sweren-Becker, who tracks the state laws as a Brennan voting rights and election counsel. “The states that usually have extra accessible voting entry are making it simpler to vote.”

New restrictions might nonetheless be within the works — at the same time as state legislatures wrap up for the 12 months.

In Texas, lawmakers assembled for a particular session are revisiting a sweeping election regulation they handed simply final month. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has requested the legislature to reinstitute stiffer penalties for unlawful voting.