Democrats are starting to whine after a string of court losses upheld new voting laws in key swing states and are sounding the alarm about a red wave. The consensus is they will not be able to replicate their historic turnout without the new voting laws, but when you add them to the equation one prominent Dems said ‘we’re f*cked.’
CEO of the Stacey Abrams-founded New Georgia Project, Nsé Ufot said: “If there isn’t a way for us to repeat what happened in November 2020, we’re f*cked. We are doing what we do to make sure that not only our constituents, our base, the people, the communities that we organize with, get it. We’re trying to make sure that our elected officials get it as well.”
Latosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, said that “hope is quickly turning into frustration. When in the hell are those who claim that they are committed to democracy going to show up to protect those that protect democracy?”
“I’m super worried,” said Max Wood. “I try to be optimistic, and I do think there are times when this kind of stuff can galvanize enthusiasm and turnout.”
“But I don’t know that that will be enough, especially with how extreme some of these laws are.”
Georgia Democrats are rushing to develop a strategy to work around their state’s voting law, which GOP Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law in March, on the heels of unexpected Democratic victories. It has been widely viewed as a blueprint for similar measures in other states.
The state Democratic Party aims to confront the law by building on their voter education program established after the 2018 midterms. They are training county chairs, volunteers and voters on the law’s terms in Zoom and in-person sessions.
The goal, according to one party official, is to train volunteers on how to obtain a voter I.D. in all 159 of Georgia’s counties. The party also brought on three new deputy political directors for Black, Latino and Asian American outreach.
This November’s mayoral election in Atlanta represents a test-run of the law and how its requirements will impact voters. While Democrats aim to apply lessons from this election to next year’s midterms, they recognize that the heavily Black, safely Democratic city is a far cry from a statewide race.
Along with the multitude of states that have successfully passed new election integrity measures, such as voting ID. and early voting requirements, more than 400 bills with election integrity provisions have “been introduced in 49 states in the 2021 legislative sessions.”
Other states with pending legislative sessions, such as California, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Maine, still have election integrity measures waiting to be passed.
The Republicans’ successful approach has caused President Joe Biden and his congressional allies to push legislation to federalize state and local elections, putting more power in Washington via wresting control from local communities where accountability is greatest.
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.”
NEW: Democratic operatives have only begun to calculate the coming ballot carnage from new Republican voting laws https://t.co/iBYnui8EyD— Blake News (@blakehounshell) July 26, 2021