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GOP Undercuts Vote-Security Push by Going Light on the Security

  • Proposed state laws largely seek to restrict vote-by-mail
  • Experts say many don’t include some steps that would help
A voter drops off an absentee ballot in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 3, 2020.
A voter drops off an absentee ballot in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 3, 2020.Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

Republican lawmakers in 47 states have proposed measures to tighten voting laws in the name of electoral integrity, but some of them omit steps that security experts say would do the most to protect elections from equipment malfunctions, fraud, hacking or terrorism.

While state lawmakers are largely focused on limiting vote-by-mail, people who study and run elections say they should be considering steps such as automatically registering voters, expanding early voting, using ID numbers to verify mail-in ballots, distributing more ballot drop boxes and processing mail-in ballots before Election Day.