Colorado (Dem-run of course) is arguably the best state for making it easy to vote. They have automatic & same-day voter registration, universal vote-by-mail, & numerous countywide vote centers where any person in a county may vote in-person on Election Day or during early voting
Gerrymandering hasn't gotten as much publicity in 2021 yet as GOP voting restrictions have, but another biggie is Colorado has independent redistricting commissions while Georgia GOP is about to viciously gerrymander again. CO stands head & shoulders above GA for fair elections
CO vs GA voting law

CO registration deadline Election Day; GA 28 days prior
CO requests (non-photo) ID, not requires; GA strictly requires photo ID
CO votes near 100% by mail, so voting lines are nonexistent; GA must request mail vote
CO lets probation/parolees vote;, GA doesn't
Republicans so badly want to make the whole Georgia voting law boycott about voter ID, but 1) GEORGIA HAS HAD VOTER ID SINCE 2006, this is not what 2021 backlash is over & 2) can't even be bothered to honestly state that Colorado DOES NOT REQUIRE VOTER ID…

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Grotesque. Michigan GOP has won gerrymandered majorities despite Dems getting more votes this whole decade. Thus, GOP lawmakers can just pass new voting limits ahead of Whitmer's 2022 election if activists gather ballot measure signatures, no public vote needed or veto possible
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