Republicans are already working harder to prevent voters from having their say in American election.
While Donald Trump prevailed in the 2016 presidential election, he has done so only via an electoral college victory. In the popular vote, Hillary Clinton earned over 2 million more votes than Trump and the margin continues to rise.
Not happy with this development, Republicans at the federal and state level are already whipping up plans to cut down the amount of voters who can cast a ballot.
NPR reports that Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick wants to impose a new voter ID law there, and while the Obama administration has been fighting the plan, he is looking forward to Trump’s chosen attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, to give him a free pass to impose the new law. Republicans have been afraid of the growing political power of the Latino vote, especially in states like Texas which have been a vital part of the Republican electoral vote. If they can prevent minority voters from gaining power in the state, they can keep Texas in their column.
In New Hampshire, incoming Governor Chris Sununu wants to ban the ability for voters to register on the same day as an election. The Republican hope is that this cuts down on voters who lean towards the Democratic Party.
Democrats have supported laws that automatically register voters, requiring non-voters to opt out instead of needing to actively register to vote during arbitrary deadlines.
The Republican push to stop minority voting and the devastating election loss could spur Democrats to be more proactive on these laws and policies.