The impact of GEORGIA’s new mail ballot restrictions is immense: Mother Jones reports that November 2021 voters in municipal elections in Georgia were 45 times — 45 times! — more likely to have their mail ballot applications rejected than in 2020. And those who obtained mail ballots were twice as likely to have them rejected as the same group was in 2020. One significant caveat: The sample size of 2021 voters is much smaller than 2020’s voter base.
Separately, a judge in the state has been asked to release a sealed report on voting machine vulnerabilities, one that has become fodder for right-wingers spreading doubt about the last election. Jessica Huseman has some crucial context on the report here.
We had another update last week out of TEXAS, where officials are scrambling to accommodate Republicans’ new absentee voter ID requirements. I spoke to the director of voter outreach in Harris County (Houston) as well as the president of the Texas League of Women Voters here.
This story distills the tragic effects of the new restrictions: A 95-year-old World War II veteran who’s voted his whole life is now in limbo: He needs the ID number on his registration to match the ID number he used to register to vote, but… the state didn’t record ID numbers when he registered as a young man.
A PENNSYLVANIA court struck down the state’s 2019 mail-in voting expansion. The state Supreme Court could reverse that ruling, though.
WISCONSIN voters will be able to use drop boxes for some upcoming February primary elections, thanks to an appeals court’s stay, but the state’s election commission is at a deadlock on the issue, likely leaving the matter to the state’s Supreme Court.
VIRGINIA Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) appears poised to replace the state’s top election official.
The NEW YORK legislature — not a redistricting committee — will draw its own district lines, as well as U.S. congressional districts in the state. Proposals from the legislature show some crazy gerrymandering that, yes, likely would have been prohibited by the stalled congressional voting rights legislation.
ALABAMA has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a Republican congressional gerrymander that a lower court struck down for violating the Voting Rights Act.
A federal trial over FLORIDA’s new election restrictions began today.