The GOP has, in multiple states, enacted severe penalties for the completely non-existent crime of in-person voting fraud. This is mostly to scare people in lower income areas into thinking that voting could be a crime—and make them think that perhaps it’s best not to risk casting a ballot.
The true crime, however, is voter suppression—which the GOP has given up any pretense of trying to hide.
This is nowhere as blatant as in Georgia, where the candidate for governor, Brian Kemp, is also in charge of overseeing his own effing election. Optics be damned, he has done everything in his power to suppress literally hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters of color.
Civil rights groups have sued Kemp after 53,000 people seeking to register to vote – nearly 70% of them black – had their registrations put on hold because the information they submitted was not an exact match with state records, with discrepancies as small as a misplaced hyphen causing them to be disqualified.