Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has jumped back into the political scene this week.
Sharing an article from the New York Times, Clinton tweeted: “Republicans didn’t like the results of the election, so they’re trying to make it harder to vote.”
She added, “we need the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, now.”
Republicans didn't like the results of the election, so they're trying to make it harder to vote.
We need the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, now.https://t.co/0qZNsSbLd6
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 1, 2021
The New York Times report states:
But that was then. Now, in statehouses nationwide, Republicans who echoed former President Donald J. Trump’s baseless claims of rampant fraud are proposing to make it harder to vote next time — ostensibly to convince the very voters who believed them that elections can be trusted again. And even some colleagues who defended the legitimacy of the November vote are joining them.
In Georgia, where the State House of Representatives has set up a special committee on election integrity, legislators are pushing to roll back no-excuse absentee voting. Republicans in Pennsylvania plan 14 hearings to revisit complaints they raised last year about the election and to propose limitations on voting.
Arizona Republicans have subpoenaed November’s ballots and vote tabulation equipment in Maricopa County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Phoenix. Legislators are taking aim at an election system in which four in five ballots are mailed or delivered to drop boxes.
The report adds:
Democrats have their own agenda: 406 bills in 35 states, according to the Brennan Center, that run the gamut from giving former felons the vote to automatically registering visitors to motor vehicle bureaus and other state offices. And Democrats in the Senate will soon unveil a large proposal to undergird much of the election process with what they call pro-democracy reforms, with lowering barriers to voting as the centerpiece. Near-identical legislation has been filed in the House.
“There’s going to be a rush in the next year to legislate certain types of election reforms,” said Nate Persily, a Stanford University law professor and co-director of the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project. “The jury is still out on whether the lesson from this election will be that we need to make voting as convenient as possible, or whether there will be a serious retrenchment that makes voting less accessible.”
Clinton has also joined the calls for Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan to run for Ohio’s Senate seat in 2022.
Following this week’s announcement by Republican Sen. Rob Portmant that he will not be seeking re-election, Democrats have been strategizing how to flip the seat blue and gain a stronger majority in the Senate.