Some Democrats are apparently concerned that new voting laws being implemented to curb voter fraud could set them up for unexpected losses in next year’s midterm elections.
In a blunt statement to Politico, one Democratic operative declared that the party is “f***ed” if it cannot repeat “what happened in November 2020.”
Various changes meant to make voting more convenient were approved last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in Republican concerns that the outcome of November’s presidential race might have been tainted by fraud.
Considering the razor-thin margins that separated President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump in states like Georgia, a growing number of Democrats are concerned that GOP-backed voter reform measures could lead to future defeats.
In Georgia, where Biden won by roughly 12,000 votes, new voter ID requirements could impact 270,000 individuals.
Max Wood, the founder and CEO of progressive data analytics firm Deck, was clear in expressing his concerns, affirming that he is “super worried” about the “extreme” measures like voter ID and absentee voting restrictions being implemented by Republicans.
“That extra step”
Democrats have attempted to blame Republicans for waging a “voter suppression” campaign, but surveys indicate that a majority of Americans support voter ID requirements.
Additional measures being added to laws in some GOP-led states include rolling back temporary measures introduced because of the public health crisis, such as wider access to drop boxes and mail-in ballots.
Meanwhile, many Democrats are pushing to retain the measures indefinitely. After all, reports indicate that removing drop boxes could affect hundreds of thousands of voters who took advantage of them for the first time last year.
“Some number of people are not going to take that extra step,” said activist Nancy Wang, arguing for the elimination of certain election-related security regulations.
As a result, Democrats are increasingly fretting over the possible ramifications in elections beginning with next year’s midterm races.
Doug Herman, who was a campaign strategist for former President Barack Obama, expressed his frustration, explaining: “I don’t think the Democratic Party as a whole is prioritizing this issue and its potential damage in the way that they should.”