The Brennan Center at NYU School of Law has released its study, billed as “the first full accounting and analysis of this year’s voting cutbacks.” The bottom line:
These new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities. This wave of changes may sharply tilt the political terrain for the 2012 election. Based on the Brennan Center’s analysis of the 19 laws and two executive actions that passed in 14 states, it is clear that:
- These new laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.
- The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
- Of the 12 likely battleground states, as assessed by an August Los Angeles Times analysis of Gallup polling, five have already cut back on voting rights (and may pass additional restrictive legislation), and two more are currently considering new restrictions.
More evidence that the “evil geniuses” who make strategy for the GOP are simply more evil than their Democratic counterparts. Fits well with Charles Koch’s insistence that the 2012 election will be treated as “the mother of all wars.” In a world where that is the guiding metaphor, it is just not possible to stoop too low.