Here’s How Disinformation Drives Voting Laws

May 14, 2021 ☼ votinggoplies

Source: The New York Times - Link

When State Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Iowa spoke in February in support of a restrictive voting bill he was sponsoring, he made what might once have been a startling acknowledgment: He could not point to any problems with November’s election that demonstrated a need for new rules.

But many Iowans believed there had been problems, he said. And that was reason enough to allow less early voting, shorten Election Day polling hours, put new limits on absentee balloting and forbid counties to have more than one ballot drop box.

“The ultimate voter suppression is a very large swath of the electorate not having faith in our election systems,” Mr. Kaufmann, a Republican, said in defense of his bill, which was signed into law in March. “And for whatever reason, political or not, there are thousands upon thousands of Iowans that do not have faith in our election systems.”

There is no fraud on any scale that matters, yet the drumbeat continues and it has caused folks to have no faith in the systems. If all these restrictions were implemented I’m not sure we’d have things any better.