Atlanta – Changes to the way millions of Americans voted this year contributed to record voter turnout, but that doesn’t guarantee that the measures that made voting easier will stick around for future elections.
Republicans in crucial states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden are pushing for new restrictions, especially for voting by mail. This option, which many states expanded in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, showed its high popularity and helped guarantee one of the smoothest electoral days in recent years.
President Donald Trump continues to criticize voting by mail and continues to challenge the legitimacy of an electi on in which he was defeated. Despite a lack of evidence and dozens of setbacks in the courts, Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud have caught the attention of some Republican officials emerged from the polls.RELATED
They promise to combat voting by mail and threaten to overturn other measures that made it easier for voters to participate.
“This myth could not justify overturning the election results nor can it justify imposing additional burdens on voters that would deprive many Americans of their right to vote,” said Wendy Weiser, head of the democracy program at the Brennan Center. for Justice at NYU School of Law.
Some 108 million people voted before Election Day, in person or by mail. The figure represented almost 70% of the votes cast, after states adopted measures that facilitated electoral participation in order to avoid crowds at voting centers in the midst of the pandemic.
Few states sent ballots to all registered voters, and others removed the requirement that the person submit a specific argument to vote by mail. Many states installed polling stations and expanded early voting.
The changes were popular with voters and did not lead to widespread fraud. A group of election officials, including representatives from the federal cybersecurity agency, described the 2020 presidential election as the “safest” in US history, and Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press that there was no evidence of fraud that could change the outcome of the election.