Mitch McConnell Denies Voter Suppression — As 33 States Attempt To Limit Voting
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that there is no attempt by states to suppress voting. However, the evidence is against him. At least 33 states have worked towards legislation to limit voting already this year.
Via The Recount, Mitch McConnell can be seen denying efforts of voter suppression. “States are not engaging in trying to suppress voters,” he says, referring back to the high turnout in the 2020 election, where voters across the political spectrum could agree on one thing: that the stakes were incredibly high.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claims the For The People Act, Democrats' landmark voting rights bill, is unnecessary:
"States are not engaging in trying to suppress voters whatsoever." pic.twitter.com/wf91tblpJs
— The Recount (@therecount) March 24, 2021
Despite McConnell’s denial, the Brennan Center for Justice has been collecting data on legislation for limiting voting, and as of early February, they’d already tracked 165 bills in 33 states (compared to 35 by the same point the previous year) that worked to restrict voting access.
The Brennan Center divides these bills into four categories, and credits the spate of lies told about the 2020 election for the massive boom in legislation.
These proposals primarily seek to: (1) limit mail voting access; (2) impose stricter voter ID requirements; (3) slash voter registration opportunities; and (4) enable more aggressive voter roll purges.
Their specific examples include a bill in Arizona that would restrict who can return an absentee ballot, bills in Kansas and Pennsylvania that would require absentee ballots to be returned earlier, ten states that have proposed a voter ID requirement, and another 8 states that already have voter ID requirements and have proposed legislation to make those stricter, and five states attempting to eliminate election day registration.
By contrast, the legislation passed by the U.S. House, which McConnell is opposing, would, according to the Associated Press, improve voter registration, help restore voting rights to eligible felons, and mandate 15 days of early voting as well as no-excuse absentee voting.