In her response to President Trump’s State of the Union, Stacey Abrams went through some of the top issues for the Democratic Party. Health care. Climate change. Gun safety. Then she brought up a topic Democrats are planning to spend a lot of time on over next two years: voting. “Let’s be clear. Voter suppression is real,” Abrams said. “From making it harder to register and staying on the rolls, to moving and closing polling places, to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy.” The past two federal elections seem to have been a tipping point.
The 2018 midterms featured accusations of suppression in places where high-profile Democrats lost: in Georgia with Abrams, and in Texas with Beto O’Rourke. And in 2016, Russian hackers attempted to break into state election systems (succeeding in at least one state).
President Trump also presents a clear foil. He has continued to call for measures that would make voting harder, like strict photo I.D. laws, without providing evidence for his claims about widespread in-person voter fraud.