A judge in Wisconsin declared drop boxes to be illegal *today.*
State legislature won't put them back b/c they believe its in their interests to limit voting and they can do so because of gerrymandering. Thats why federal election reforms is the only way to fix these issues.
If your only concern is avoiding another coup attempt, that's fine but a) that's a pretty limited perspective on defending democracy, and b) there is no legislative reform that can guarantee that won't happen again.
If you are in a severely gerrymandered state, basic democratic processes of accountability no longer work, there is no electoral means to solve the problem and no incentive for the dominant party to stop democratic backsliding. SCOTUS won't intervene. So what's the solution?
Here is the story about WI (which came out hours before Barro's gag about drop boxes). If you have a gerrymandered GOP legislature & conservative courts, there is no means to address democratic backsliding w/o fed legislation that requires a supermajority
Since Barro mentioned Fulton County, worth noting that GA had the longest voting wait times in the county in 2018 (and wait times tend to be longer in more urban districts). Drop boxes help with that, and were targeted by the GA election bill.
These are real problems w democracy.

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