The revealing showdown on voting rights

Even in an era marked by polarization and hyperbole, it’s noteworthy just how rancorous the language has become on a question fundamental to democracy: How easy or hard should it be to vote?

On Monday, voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams called Republican efforts in Georgia, Arizona, and New Hampshire to make it more onerous to vote the “largest push to restrict voting rights since Jim Crow.” Meanwhile that same day, the conservative National Review described H.R. 1, the omnibus voting rights bill that passed the House last week without a single Republican vote, “a radical assault on American democracy, federalism, and free speech” the likes of which hasn’t been seen “since the Alien and Sedition Acts” of 1798.



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