The year 2023 was up and down for voting rights and democracy. Voters scored two major wins at the U.S. Supreme Court, but saw Republicans enact restrictive voting policies throughout the country. Dangerous election administration policies continued to flourish, while democracy held sturdy in the off-year elections.
From the least likely to follow a court order to the most controversial online discourse, Democracy Docket breaks down the best and worst of 2023.
We think the Barbieland Supreme Court would be much friendlier to voting rights.
SOS By SZA
Our anthem heading into 2024.
Marc’s backdrop definitely deserves a review from the roomrater.
Best Binge-Worthy TV Show
Some people at Democracy Docket really like reality TV, whether it’s Real Housewives, Love is Blind or CSPAN’s coverage of Kevin McCarthy losing the House Speaker vote *cough cough* 15 times.
Mayyyyybe there’s some bias here, but we truly love the pod!
Best Court Decision
Moore v. Harper and Allen v. Milligan
The U.S. Supreme Court shocked us all when it defended the Voting Rights Act and swatted down a crackpot Republican legal theory.
She probably filed another appeal over an election she lost more than a year ago while we were writing this.
Least Likely To Follow A Court Order
The state of Alabama
Most Controversial Discourse
Not going to lie, the Democracy Docket team is split on the scooped bagel discourse..
The One We Can’t Stop Thinking About
Like Kari Lake, this Arizona county won’t quit…losing.
Best Conspiracy Theory
Ron DeSantis’ heel lifts
Or maybe it’s just terrible style…. who are we kidding it’s probably the heel lifts. Even shoe experts say as much.
A picture worth a thousand words (or tears).
Kevin McCarthy speaker vote
As the saying goes, the 15th time’s the charm!
I mean, have you seen the paparazzi pics?
Biggest Win For The Judiciary
Voting rights attorneys.
President Joe Biden has made a particular effort to diversify the federal judiciary, and voting rights attorneys have been crucial to that effort.