Already, we can see the first rumblings of the next Republican legal strategies echoing in lawsuits, court filings and legal opinions across the country.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022-23 term ended on June 30, with the release of the final opinions and the last order list. The term proved to be an important one for democracy, with two landmark voting rights cases and a slew of smaller decisions influencing our elections.
Some recent rulings by state courts demonstrate how they can use the gavel to advance — or hinder — voting rights in their respective states.
Today, the Court ruled that state legislatures aren’t free to draw congressional maps free from constraints. In doing so, the Court turned back a major threat to American democracy that could have upended elections across the country.
As the GOP becomes even more extreme in its attacks against free and fair elections, Republican state lawmakers have channeled this approach to craft legislation banning voting machines, school polling locations and more.
A long-time advocate of false election claims, Mitchell aided former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election and has become a key player among election-denying activists.
Rather than renounce the conspiratorial thinking and falsehoods that led to Jan. 6, Pence has spent the last two years affirming Republican fears about voter fraud.
Bills would remove election officials and create a process to take over election administration overriding the Democratic stronghold’s election processes.
Throughout his time in the governor’s office, he’s been more than willing to restrict voting and indulge conspiratorial thinking about elections.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed another omnibus elections bill: Senate Bill 7050. While S.B. 7050 contains many technical changes to Florida’s Election Code, many provisions could directly harm voters.
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