When new leadership takes over a state legislature, they generally begin with a few key priorities. They award committee chairs and key positions. They set their priorities for the new year. And then they change as many voting laws as they need to give themselves an electoral advantage.
Lawmakers in states across the country passed 212 bills relating to voting, elections and election administration this year, in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Those laws vary widely, from new rights for former felons to limiting — or even eliminating — the power of those who run elections.