The year in elections legislation

Absentee voting and exiting ERIC were among the legislative trends in 2023.
A woman drops a ballot into a drop box while casting her vote during Maryland’s primary election, Tuesday, July 19, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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.

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