Republicans wear flip-flops under North Carolina voting rules and mock critics about their new position. Really?

For years, North Carolina Republicans have seen the justification of restrictive voter law diminish in front of them.Judge has Defeated powerfully Attempts to suppress NC voters. audit I refused the reason to try. Finally, in the 2020 elections, I confirmed what non-Republicans have been saying all the time. No widespread fraudulent voting In North Carolina.

So what are NC Republicans left behind? Apparently, it’s a ridicule.

With a sneer news release Late last week, the Senate Republicans ridiculed concerns over a new bill that would change the NC law to allow absentee ballots postmarked on election days to arrive up to three days later. Instead, the bill requires you to receive a ballot on election day.

Republican Senator Ralph Hise of Mitchell County said:

That’s a bit exaggerated, but yes, Democrats and others are concerned. The reason is as follows.North Carolina 3-day window It has been a law since 2009, NC Election Commission says. It allowed more people to vote. It does not lead to fraud or mistrust in the election process. No one, Democrat or Republican, has seriously disputed it. in fact, Republicans did not vote against 12 years ago.

Now Republicans want to get rid of what isn’t broken. why?

Mr Hise argues that confidence in the election is now a problem. But that’s not because the three-day window has caused astonishment among the people of North Carolina at any time in the last decade. It’s true that Republicans have spent four months from the election date lying about voter fraud. That drum beat is a real threat to election integrity.

But this happens when there is no good reason to prevent people from voting. Nationwide, Republicans support election integrity as an excuse for hundreds of bills that would unnecessarily limit voting. In Georgia, lawmakers are going one step further to convince voters that access is actually expanding. In the bill This, among other things, limits mobile polling stations and dropboxes, prohibits state authorities from mailing unsolicited absentee votes, and makes them difficult to vote.

But we saw a recent short honest moment about the voting bill from one of their lawyers, not from Republicans. In a U.S. Supreme Court proceeding over Arizona’s ballot restrictions, Judge Amy Coney Barrett casts Arizona’s GOP lawyer Michael Carvin in the wrong district instead of having clients verify ballots. I asked why I wanted to throw away the ballot. “It puts us at a competitive disadvantage compared to Democrats,” Carvin said. “Politics is a zero-sum game. It’s the difference between winning and losing an election.”

Republicans argue that Democrats want the same, accusing them of taking power every time they move to increase access to voting. Sure, the Democratic Party welcomes a more favorable voting environment, but allowing more people to vote is also right for our democracy.

It’s becoming more and more endangered in North Carolina and across the country. Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Democratic Party need to reject bills that they try to do otherwise. In Washington, US Senators considering filibuster reform should first try to improve HR1. Voting rights bill I passed the House of Representatives. HR 1 provides valuable protection for mail balloting and gerrymandering reform, but over-regulates political speeches and unnecessarily undertakes election funding issues that should be left to another law.

The goal for both Democrats and Republicans is to encourage as many people as possible to vote without increasing the likelihood of meaningful fraud. It is not “steam” to call for attempts to do otherwise. It protects voters from lawmakers who want to make democracy more difficult.

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