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Demonstrators in Georgia protest voting restrictions in early March. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

State legislatures across the country have introduced 108 voter restriction bills since Feb. 19, a 43% increase in just over a month that brings the total to 361 bills this year, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice.

Why it matters: The 2020 election shattered minority turnout expectations after a historic expansion in mail-in and early voting. Baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud have caused backlash in many states with Republican-led state legislatures that are now looking to tighten up voting laws.

Details: Five voting restriction bills have already been signed into law, and at least 55 bills have entered into discussion in state legislatures, per the Brennan Center.

  • 47 states are now considering voting restriction bills, four more than the Brennan Center tallied in February.
  • These bills aim to make absentee voting harder, make voter ID requirements stricter, and create new hurdles for voter registration and early voting, among other restrictions.
  • The states with the largest number of voting restriction bills introduced are Texas (49), Georgia (25), and Arizona (23).

The other side: 843 bills to expand voting access have been introduced in 47 states, with nine already signed into law, according to the Brennan Center. Democrats in Congress are pushing to pass the "For the People Act," a comprehensive voting reform and anti-corruption bill.

Driving the news: Last week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a sweeping, GOP-sponsored bill curbing voting access in a state that was critical to Democrats taking control of the Senate. It has prompted massive backlash from civil rights activists and corporations.

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Updated Apr 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Flood of CEOs, corporations speak out against Georgia's voting restrictions

Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Over 100 companies including Twitter, Zillow and Uber issued a joint statement through Civic Alliance Friday, joining a slew of major corporate players who have expressed concern about Georgia's law curbing voting access.

Why it matters: States often take cues from how hard businesses push back. But many of these corporations, several of which are based in Georgia, could have spoken up earlier when the law was being considered or before the governor signed.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Apr 1, 2021 - Technology

Exclusive: Apple's Tim Cook says voting "ought to be easier than ever"

Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Apple CEO Tim Cook, an Alabama native with a lifelong interest in civil rights, joins condemnations of Georgia's new voting law, in a statement provided first to Axios.

What he's saying: "The right to vote is fundamental in a democracy. American history is the story of expanding the right to vote to all citizens, and Black people, in particular, have had to march, struggle and even give their lives for more than a century to defend that right."

72 Black executives call on corporate America to fight voting restrictions

72 Black executives signed onto an open letter Wednesday demanding corporate America take action to fight GOP-led legislation that would restrict voting access in at least 43 states.

Why it matters: "The campaign appears to be the first time that so many powerful Black executives have organized to directly call out their peers for failing to stand up for racial justice," the New York Times writes.

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