Republicans are going to nationalize vote suppression

You can bet it's coming, for one important reason: 2016 taught them it works

A lone voter in Florida.
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Leave it to Donald Trump to allege widespread fraud in an election that he won.

On Sunday, the president-elect tweeted that "in addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." Trump is, of course, lying. Behind the seemingly pointless attempt to stir doubt about his victory is a more sinister motivation, which is to call into question the legitimacy of any and all institutions of American public life and democracy. But while Trump is throwing up a cloud of confusion, there are serious policy changes afoot. Now that they have control of Congress and the executive branch, Republicans will be nationalizing vote suppression.

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