According to The Hill, Republican state legislators across the country are rushing new bills that are aimed to limit voting access, especially voting by mail.
The proposals come after months of pressure from former President Donald Trump, after election irregularities, and unconstitutional election law changes cost Trump the presidency and the GOP the majority in the Senate.
In some states, the new bills would roll back emergency voting provisions put in place during the pandemic. In others, the proposals go so far as to repeal long-standing practices implemented with bipartisan support.
Top Republicans in Georgia are planning legislation to further restrict absentee voting. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) told a legislative panel last week he supported adding a photo identification requirement to absentee ballots.
State House Speaker David Ralston (R) told the Georgia Chamber of Commerce earlier this month “Many Georgians are concerned about the integrity of our election system. Some of those concerns may or may not be well-founded, but there many be others that are.”
Pennsylvania Republicans have plans to hold more than a dozen hearings over election integrity over the next several months. State Rep. Jim Gregory (R) has introduced legislation to repeal the expansion of mail-in voting.
In Michigan, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) said that he will work on a new requirement that voters show a photo identification at the polls.
Wisconsin state Rep. Gary Tauchen (R) introduced a piece of legislation earlier this year that would allocate presidential electoral votes to the winner of each congressional district, instead of all 10 state winners.
Arizona state Rep. Kevin Payne (R) has filed legislation that would eliminate a permanent early voting list, one that automatically sends absentee ballots to 3.2 million voters.