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“What will Georgia Voting Law really do? It is important to look beyond the immediate effect of the measure on voter turnout. “


Important point from Jonathan Bernstein:

Thus, even aspects of the new law that are unlikely to help Republicans win the election could still lead to a retreat from real political equality.

There’s more. Certain provisions empower the state legislature to act as the electoral-of-last resort governing body. It’s not clear how dangerous this really is. But anyone paying attention in the 2020 election understands that many Republicans, Trump and below, are ready to exercise whatever authority they have to declare themselves a winner, regardless of election. tri wants what. The last thing we need is the vaguely new election law that invites the parties to reverse the voting results in fiat.

In the end, even if the law defenders correct that it does not open any doors to undemocratic abuse, everyone agrees that it punishes Georgia Secretary Brad Raffensperger by stripping the office. his power. That alone makes the outrage against this law justified. Raffensperger was one of the few Republicans who stood up to Trump’s bullying and did their job under the law, which is part of why the 2020 election took place. unusually good management. Republicans should be proud of the Raffensperger. Instead, by punishing him, they are sending a clear signal to party politicians: Only rough and tough constitutional partisan war is welcome in today’s Republicans.

So: Yes, it’s perfectly okay to talk about how laws can directly affect voter turnout and election outcome. In fact, we need that kind of analysis. But anyone who limits their overall analysis of their laws (yes, too much) the immediate consequences of those terms needs to step back and look at the bigger picture.

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