Voting in the U.S. will soon be (even) harder to do.

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Consequently, I waited in line 3 hours to vote for Obama. After that, my husband and I signed up for absentee ballot and we've voted that way ever since. Florida has played a lot of games with polling places, gerrymandering districts and purging voter roles. Bunch of assholes in Tallahassee. 💩
They also take advantage of the fact that a box doesn't -look- gerrymandered. Panhandle should be split longwise; coastal areas are a lot more progressive than the interior areas north of us... But we're stuck with Gaetz.... >.<
 
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Republicans across the country, Berman said, are "weaponizing Trump's lies" about fraud in an attempt to roll back voting rights after last year's historic turnout and expansion of mail-in ballots.

"Democrats have a clear choice," Berman continued. "They can get rid of the filibuster to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act to stop GOP voter suppression, or they can allow the GOP to undermine democracy for the next decade."

"The stakes," Berman added, "couldn't be higher." That's because, according to an analysis conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice in late January, Republicans at the state level have introduced three times as many bills to chip away at voting rights compared to the same point last year.
 

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The 36-page bill was described to TPM as a greatest-hits list of GOP-proffered restrictive voting measures, taking particular aim at mail-in voting. It would chop Iowa’s early voting window from 29 days to 18, leaving hardly any time for absentee ballots to be received, filled out and sent back, especially if recent nationwide postal delays continue. It severely limits who can deliver an absentee ballot on someone’s behalf, a seeming attempt to stop volunteers from stepping in to get them returned quickly. It also only gives Iowans 70 days before the election to request an absentee ballot, down from the 120 days currently enshrined in the law.

“Iowa Republicans are in the running for introducing the worst anti-voting bill,” the Democratic voting rights lawyer Marc Elias tweeted recently. “It’s a race to the shameful bottom.”
 
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