📈 The first half of 2023 has seen a near-record number of both good and bad state-level voting laws. Motivated by a continuing election-denier movement, the harmful laws target mail voting, registration efforts, direct democracy and more. Despite this, many more laws expanded voting rights.
Currently, 15 states have passed over 20 laws that improve voting accessibility and procedures. Texas, Arkansas and Virginia took steps to make absentee voting easier. Colorado increased the number of ballot drop boxes on college campuses and expanded early voting in tribal nations. Connecticut enacted comprehensive voter protections, preventing discriminatory changes and making elections more accessible. Notably, New Mexico and Minnesota took the major steps of implementing automatic voter registration, allowing voters to permanently request absentee ballots and restoring incarcerated people’s voting rights immediately after release from prison.
✊ With these improvements, millions of Americans will be able to exercise their right to vote in a more accessible way in next year’s elections and beyond.