The stolen-election lie has not only fed efforts to make voting harder, especially for marginalized groups and voters of color; it has also laid the groundwork for partisan measures designed to hijack democracy. And more than a year later, it’s still being used in futile and unconstitutional attempts to reverse the 2020 election’s results.
In Arizona: We’ve seen for months — years, in fact — how lies about widespread voter fraud have fueled calls for new voting restrictions. Arizona has been a hotbed of those proposals:
Our fight for records from that bogus election “audit” continues, with the Arizona Supreme Court saying that it will hear an appeal of lower court rulings in our lawsuit which held that the state Senate must release hundreds of records it had broadly claimed were exempt from disclosure because of executive privilege.
In Wisconsin: But even as Big Lie proponents look ahead to future elections, some have not given up falsely insisting that they can “decertify” the 2020 election.
As more states end mask mandates and loosen pandemic restrictions, the CDC is expected to follow suit and adjust its masking guidance as early as next week, based on different regions’ virus severity and hospitalization numbers. The CDC lowered its risk warning for cruise travel from “very high” to “high.”
Case counts have dipped below the delta peak and continue to decline, although they remain above a daily average of 100,000. Hospitalization numbers are also dropping, and while deaths are still as high as approximately 2,300 per day, those numbers are beginning to decline.
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