Why do Democrats make a big deal about new voting restrictions if research suggests they may backfire? [closed]

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In previous elections, Democrats such as Stacey Abrams publicly said that the election system was being rigged against them by certain laws. While they put together a persuasive case, there is also plenty of evidence suggesting that most or even all plausible voter access changes including mail in voting have little to no effect on turnout or margins.

Researchers showed that mail in voting has little effect on voter turnout, and even less of a boost to Democrats. You cannot legally be removed from voter rolls explicitly because of political affiliation or views. In addition, NYC's mayoral primary had a poll showing 61% of Democratic primary voters planned to vote in person on election day while only 9% planned to go by mail (!). This is a massive departure from 2020's election.

Some research shows that Democrats respond to such voting restrictions by becoming more determined to vote and that could cause such restrictions to backfire and therefore even be a net negative for Republicans. The Biden administration has said that it could "out organize" these laws.

Why are/were Democrats up in arms about this? Some people within the party were even calling it "the new Jim Crow" despite the fact that nonwhite voters turnout increased regardless of such laws.

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