The GOP’s resistance to certain voting laws reflects an awkward and delicate leap within the party: As state lawmakers loyal to former President Donald J. Trump try to please him and his supporters by enacting new nationwide voting limits, they are facing opposition from other Republicans who argue that some bills go too far or will hurt their own voters.
These Republicans see themselves as the regulating force for bad bills. And instead, they propose less stringent measures that they think will improve the efficiency and security of early voting as so many people are using it for pandemic changes. coronavirus brings. However, they admitted that their timing was not good. The push for any bill that includes new requirements for voting after an election goes much smoother than many would expect raises an inevitable question: Why now, if not tried obstructing Democrats?
The number of Republicans willing to speak out is modest compared with many pro-Trump lawmakers in GOP-controlled state capitals, who continue to endorse the former president’s fraud allegations by reporting Export harsh new voting measures. And even when other party lawmakers succeed in calming or preventing these, the result is often still new restrictions on voting – whether small or subtle – that Democrats give. is unnecessary and has the potential to disproportionately influence Black, Latino and poor voters.
But there is a discrepancy between public perception of these new laws and bills and the fact, Republicans said. Many of the most restrictive provisions have never passed through drafting of a bill or legislative committee, paused by Republican leaders, who say the restriction of convenient and people in both parties like to be counterproductive. (Republicans in states like Arizona have accumulated such power in state legislatures in no small part because over the years, their own voters have accepted to vote by mail.) And some parties Republicans have criticized the anti-democratic efforts to empower state lawmakers to deny the will of voters. .