No, Voting Laws Didn't Doom Democrats

Voting-rights advocates have valid arguments, but they undercut those arguments by stretching the facts.

Don't blame voting laws.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Voting-rights advocates claim that new laws in various states may have tipped the scales in this year’s closest elections. In doing so, they exhibit the same flaw as the Republicans driving those laws: making exaggerated claims based on partisan motivations. I agree with the advocates that most of these laws are unwise, but they do themselves no favors by overstating their case.

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