Dems want to make it easier for people to vote because higher turnout usually favors them.
Republicans want to make it harder for people to vote because higher turnout usually hurts them.
To justify their voter suppression, the GOP has manufactured an "election fraud crisis."
That's pretty much the story of US politics right now in one tweet. You'd think every politician in a nation premised upon the idea of popular sovereignty would want to make it easier for citizens to vote. Sadly, only one of our two parties now believes that.
The "election fraud" narrative is utter bullshit and every high ranking Republican knows it. But because they think all politics is just about power, they assume that Democratic attempts to expand access to the ballot are "really" just a power grab.
For some in the GOP their opposition to higher voter turnout flows out of a "principled" opposition to democracy. This is the "it's a republic not a democracy" crowd, whose lineage traces back to the John Birch Society who pioneered that talking point.
The excellent historian @Joshua_A_Tait covers that ground very well in this piece.…
But for most folks in the GOP base, they're not resting their political positions on a close reading of John C. Calhoun or Wilmore Kendall, they just believe the lies about "election fraud" they get fed nonstop inside their MAGA-affiliated media bubble.
Founds like James Madison recognized that "public opinion" must play an essential, legitimating role in US politics. Elections are one place where that "public opinion" manifests itself. The news media plays a key role in determining how informed and rational "public opinion" is.
It's not a coincidence that the current GOP is working hard to systematically undermine public trust in both our system of elections and our system of news media. Fair elections and accurate news reporting are a check on their power, and they know it.
A party that wants to keep citizens away from the ballot box, while undermining accurate reporting and funding propaganda outlets that knowingly lie, is a party that is unfit to play a major role in the politics of a constitutional democracy based on popular sovereignty.

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