Democrats fear losing the 2022 midterm elections in the wake of Republican state legislatures reforming 30 election integrity laws across 18 states with additional legislation coming.
Stacey Abrams, New Georgia Project CEO Nsé Ufot, told Politico, “If there isn’t a way for us to repeat what happened in November 2020, we’re f—ed.”
Latosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter, told Politico that“hope is quickly turning into frustration.” She then asked, “When in the hell are those who claim that they are committed to democracy going to show up to protect those that protect democracy?”
More than 400 bills containing election integrity provisions have “been introduced in 49 states in the 2021 legislative sessions,” as well as the many states passing new measures such as voter ID and early voting requirements.
Legislative sessions are pending in other states, such as California, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Maine.
President Biden, alongside his congressional allies, is pushing legislation to federalize the state and local elections, giving Washington more power from local communities where accountability is most significant.
But Senate Republicans defeated Biden’s so-called “For the People Act” by a filibuster in June. The defeat has thrown the battle over election integrity back to the states, where “the restrictions advanced by Republicans affect so many facets of voting that Democrats cannot agree on which provisions are the most problematic.”
The chaos created by Democrats results in Texas House Democrats smiling, maskless fleeing from Texas to halt election integrity efforts in the state, which would have placed additional restrictions on voting by mail, creating new ID requirements, and expanding the freedoms for partisan poll watchers.
“As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the Texas Capitol until they get their job done,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) responded to the stunt.
“Texas Democrats were out of moves, and the only thing they could do to deny quorum was to take their families and leave the state in the middle of the night,” Ufot stated. “That’s the kind of response and leadership that this moment requires, and I am waiting for the administration to match the energy of state and local Democrats across the country who are fighting these fights.”