The red and blue state divide is getting even bigger as the 2024 election looms: here’s why – News Block

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There are still 16 months to go until next year’s elections. But for voters, perhaps the most important events took place during the first half of this year, when states wrote and passed legislation that will shape how those contests are conducted.

“The rules that will govern the 2024 election are being written today,” said Megan Bellamy, vice president of law and policy at the Voting Rights Lab, which tracks state election law and works to protect ballot access. “Already, based on what we’ve seen, it will look different than the 2020 election for many voters, from how they vote to how their votes are counted.”

Now that all but a few state legislatures have adjourned, it’s clear that voters in some states will find it easier to cast their ballots, while in others it will be more difficult.

According to a count by the Brennan Center for Justice, 21 bills that restrict voting or interfere with election administration have been signed into law or (…)

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