Democrats’ 2020 defeats haunt them in voting rights fight

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Democrats hoped to spend 2021 aggressively expanding voting access. Instead, they are scrapping to put up a fight due to an enduring problem: their failure to flip any state legislative chambers in the 2020 election.

The party’s struggles to stop Republicans from enacting new limits on voting procedures in state after state are the latest consequence of Democrats’ doomed drive to win more power in state governments last year. Key swing states where Democrats hoped to gain legislative footholds and break up unified GOP control, including Arizona, Florida and Georgia, have instead enacted new laws this year placing limits on mail voting and other election procedures.

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