Published February 7, 2022
Democrats have been caterwauling about Republican-backed changes to state voting laws, often characterizing them as an assault on democracy. A new analysis by a respected political scientist shows how specious those claims really are.
The analysis, written by Emory professor Alan I. Abramowitz for Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia, examined key elements of voting laws that GOP state legislatures have targeted, such as early in-person voting, the use of drop boxes for mail ballots and voter ID requirements. His study attempted to see if differences between states with respect to those items, among others, had a measurable effect on turnout or President Biden’s margins in those states.
If Democratic complaints were grounded in fact, states with stricter voter laws would have either lower levels of
Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.