Protesters opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on May 6. Texas Republicans have passed some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the US, finalising a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-through voting, reduce polling hours and scale back Sunday voting, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls. Photo: AP Protesters opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on May 6. Texas Republicans have passed some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the US, finalising a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-through voting, reduce polling hours and scale back Sunday voting, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls. Photo: AP
Protesters opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on May 6. Texas Republicans have passed some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the US, finalising a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-through voting, reduce polling hours and scale back Sunday voting, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls. Photo: AP
Gwynne Dyer
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Gwynne Dyer

Why Republicans’ voter suppression efforts have all the hallmarks of fascism

  • As well as passing new laws targeting groups that tend to vote Democratic, Republican-run states are also going after the officials who run the election machinery and keep the system fair
  • If the Democrats do not stop these abuses, the Republican Party will be guaranteed to win the next presidential election

Protesters opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on May 6. Texas Republicans have passed some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the US, finalising a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-through voting, reduce polling hours and scale back Sunday voting, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls. Photo: AP Protesters opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on May 6. Texas Republicans have passed some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the US, finalising a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-through voting, reduce polling hours and scale back Sunday voting, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls. Photo: AP
Protesters opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on May 6. Texas Republicans have passed some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the US, finalising a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-through voting, reduce polling hours and scale back Sunday voting, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls. Photo: AP
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Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer is a historian and independent journalist who has published several books.