We’ve updated Threats to Voting Rights because what we see happening now threatens to uproot the electoral system entirely as an authoritarian strain that has slowly engulfed the GOP now threatens fundamental rights to vote and have our votes count.
False claims of voter fraud and a stolen election repeated by Donald Trump and other Republican leaders inspired the January 6 attack on the Capitol and encouraged the introduction of new mechanisms to limit the casting and counting of ballots.
Following passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, southern Democrats left the party to join conservatives in remaking the Republican Party. They brought their Jim Crow sentiments and tactics with them.
Only 33% of Republicans say they would trust the 2024 election results if their candidate loses, whereas 82% of Democrats and 68% of Independents said they would. Why this imbalance? For decades, GOP leaders have falsely decried voter fraud and baselessly portrayed Democrats as anti-American, amoral, and corrupt.
Gerrymandering by both parties has reduced competition for elective office and enabled the election of extremists who have steadily eroded the norms of democracy and now support false claims of a stolen election.
After Mitt Romney’s 2012 election loss, Republican leadership recommended that they make the party more welcoming to Hispanic, Black, Asian, and gay Americans. Then they promptly rejected their own recommendations, making the Electoral College the key to Donald Trump’s 2016 victory and the focal point of the January 6 insurrection.