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Democrats Move To Rewrite State Voting Laws After Midterm Wins

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Democrats are moving to implement new voting laws at the state level following their midterm wins, according to The New York Times.

Democratic governors and state legislators have expressed plans to push automatic voter registration, voter pre-registration for minors, an expansion of early and absentee voting and criminalization of election misinformation, according to the NYT. The party retained most of its governors in the 2024 election and maintained its hold over several key state legislatures, creating a clear path to instating many of its favored voting policies.

Oregon became the first state to implement automatic voter registration in 2016 and subsequently became the state with the highest voter turnout, according to the NYT. Steve Simon, Minnesota’s Democratic secretary of state, said automatic voter registration for minors before their 18th birthday was one of his top priorities and believes the policy will put the state back in the running for highest voter turnout.

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is also considering automatic voter registration, according to the NYT. The state recently expanded voter drop boxes and creted an independent redistricting commission through ballot measures.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, is seeking to crack down on misleading information about ballot measures and voting dates, which she said could trick people out of voting, according to the NYT.

“The greatest threats to our democracy right now continue to be the intentional spread of misinformation and the threats and harassment of election officials that emerge from those efforts,” she said, according to the outlet. “We owe it to voters on all sides to ensure we are seeking accountability for anyone who would intentionally try to essentially block someone from voting through misinformation.”

Whitmer and Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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  1. Of course the Democrats want to continue to change the election laws to their benefit and to make it easier to cheat. Since, COVID there are now 27 states that allow “no excuse” absentee voting meaning that you can get an absentee ballot for no reason other than you are too lazy to go in person to vote. Worse, few people know that there are now eight states that have 100% mail in voting. These states (and all the states with no excuse mail in voting) use so-called “signature verification” where ordinary poll workers match signatures and have the power to set aside ballots if they say signatures on the mail-in envelope don’t match the signatures on the ballot inside. How many signatures have you seen that are illegible or do your own signatures always match? In Oregon, for example, Republican and former Navy Seal, Joe Kent has apparently lost because thousands of his votes (more than he lost by) have been set aside. This is a horrible system that essentially can have any vote “set aside” on the basis of an inexpert opinion and then the voter must be contacted and then must come in person to prove that his/her own vote is valid. Talk about “voter suppression”! Then, conversely, signatures that obviously don’t match can be accepted by dishonest poll workers as was just proved in Nevada. It’s no wonder that there is little confidence in our voting systems anymore. We were far better served with paper ballots and single day elections. Let’s have a national holiday and one day voting and absentee voting only for those with a valid reason that they can’t vote in person.

  2. THAT MEANS THAT REPUBLICANS WILL NEVER EVER BE ABLE TO WIN ANOTHER ELECTION IN NEW YORK STATE IN THE FUTURE. NEW YORK WILL BE A ONE PARTY STATE RULED OVER BY ONE MAN OR WOMAN, DEPENDING HOW THEY FEEL THAT DAY, FOREVER. IF YOU REALLY TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN THIS IS A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION.

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