The report, which covers legislative exercise by means of September 27, finds that:
- 4 states bundled collectively an array of recent 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 frequent themes. Seven, for example, imposed harder 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 route and have lowered obstacles 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 grew to become the eighth state to enact a legislation to mechanically mail ballots to each voter.
“The states that already made it arduous 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 may nonetheless be within the works — whilst state legislatures wrap up for the 12 months.