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Democrats Target Voting Laws to Revive Party

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 12:07 PM

After a disappointing election, Democrats are refocusing on preventing Republicans from changing voting laws and ensuring their continued hold on Congress, The Hill reports.

Priorities USA, the Democratic Party's largest super PAC, has become the "nation's largest funder of voting rights lawsuits," after merging with Every Citizen Counts in December, according to The Hill.

"Make no mistake: Donald Trump's lies about voter fraud are a precursor to making voting even more difficult unless we fight back," Guy Cecil, Priorities USA chairman, told The Hill just after the announcement.

"We cannot wait until the eve of the next election to mount a defense against efforts aimed at suppressing voter participation. We will invest the resources needed to identify newly proposed restrictions before they gain steam, pressure state legislatures to defeat them and go to court, if necessary, to stop them from taking effect."

Missouri's former Secretary of State, Democrat Jason Kander, has founded the new nonprofit Let America Vote, which aims to "expose the true motivations" of the GOP's proposed changes to voting laws.

"When your democracy is being undermined by the president of the United States, we have to fight that on all fronts," he told The Hill. "It's all part of a larger discussion that exposes the fact that the Republican strategy here is not trying to persuade people their ideas are best; it's about picking and choosing who actually gets to vote."

Working together, Kander sitting on Priorities USA's board and Cecil on Let America Vote's advisory board, they hope to prevent Republicans from passing voter ID laws like the ones that have been overturned in the past for being disproportionately burdensome on minority voters.

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, overseen by former President Barack Obama and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, is focusing on the two-part plan of getting Democrats elected in 2018 so they can then redraw the district maps and challenge the maps Republicans drew after the 2010 election.

"Elections are about timing, and Donald Trump is creating a lot of opportunities for Democrats to pick up seats," Kelly Ward, Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and leader of the NDRC's redistricting project, told The Hill.

"We are seeing a ton of excitement from donors and grassroots activists who are really fired up," she added. "They see the barrier these maps have become, and there is a lot of excitement around correcting that structural disadvantage we face."

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