In a move that might reverse the years of expanding when and how people are able to vote, State Legislatures that are under Republican control are looking to tighten the rules for the electoral process, The Associated Press reported.
Republican leaders within these States are moving to trim the policies concerning early voting days, increase identification requirements and put new restrictions on how voters receive notifications about their absentee ballots, according to the media outlet.
These Republicans say they are looking to change the voting rules in order to prevent fraud. This move allegedly came due to the lack of money that many local election officials have, and the potential for illegal practices because of this shortfall.
“We’ve had nothing short of a rhetorical firefight for years between the folks who are worried about fraud and folks who are worried about disenfranchisement — a firefight which is pretty much neatly broken down between the two major parties,” Doug Chapin, an election expert at the University of Minnesota, told the AP.
The State legislature in Pennsylvania has started a movement to award electoral votes by Congressional districts, something that could swing the outcome of a close Presidential election, The New York Times reported.