Democratic activists, politicians and staffers are highly concerned about their ability to turn out voters in 2022 given recent changes Republicans have made to election laws.
Republicans have introduced election laws in a number of states across the country since the 2020 election, many of which are primarily aimed at undoing pandemic-related provisions within election procedures. Laws in Georgia and Texas have drawn particular scrutiny for allegedly being tools for voter suppression.
“If there isn’t a way for us to repeat what happened in November 2020, we’re f*cked,” CEO of the New Georgia Project Nsé Ufot told Politico.
“We are doing what we do to make sure that not only our constituents, our base, the people, the communities that we organize with, get it. We’re trying to make sure that our elected officials get it as well.”
Democrats have taken a varying, state-by-state approach to combatting the Republican laws. In Georgia, the state Democratic Party is training hundreds of volunteers on how to acquire voter ID and hiring new staff members to conduct voter outreach and education. Some states are pursuing litigation as a primary strategy, while others are hoping for a divine intervention of sorts from national lawmakers or the courts, according to Politico.
Texas Democrats chose to flee to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to deny quorum to the Texas legislature as Republicans tried to pass their new election law.
“I don’t think the Democratic Party as a whole is prioritizing this issue and its potential damage in the way that they should,” lead mail strategist for former President Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns Doug Herman told Politico.
“We just went through an insurrection that was stoked by voter fraud lies, and the reaction to that from the Republican Party is to restrict the voting process so severely that only their voters can participate. And I don’t understand the lack of fierce resistance to that from Americans and Democrats.”
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
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