With elections coming up, the topic of voter impression is once more prevalent. Several states have begun to make changes to try to prevent issues with voting. Georgia created a law that made it a crime to hand out food or drinks (including water) to voters in line. Florida has created a new law enforcement agency to police elections. But many more have been created and failed, an analysis says that this movement is led mainly by Republican lawmakers and run by conspiracy theories.
In 14 states, lawmakers have tried to make law enforcement officials investigate suspected election crimes. Republican lawmakers have also focused on ballot collecting, they have been claiming leftist groups rigged the 2020 election using what they have begun to call “ballot harvesting.” 19 states have introduced bills to criminalize it after the 2020 election, and 6 have passed it.
In just the last decade, the Voting Rights Act has weakened significantly. This voter impression has appeared in subtler ways as lawmakers institute voter ID requirements and close polling places. These new creations make it harder for people of color to vote.
These new laws, which are supposed to improve the voting system, have only severely damaged them. They have only made it more difficult for everyone, especially people of color, to cast their vote. These laws have only suppressed voters in more subtle ways. To continue to do this is to continue to destroy the fairness of voting, an American right.