In Bid for Control of Elections, Trump Loyalists Face Few Obstacles

said Miles Taylor, a former official at Trump’s Department of Homeland Security who this year helped start Renew America, an organization that supports Republican and Democratic candidates competing against Trump-backed Republicans.

Mr. Taylor said that while his group was now active in congressional races, it did not yet have the resources to compete against Trump-endorsed candidates in state contests. He also said the Democratic Party was unable to fill the void: “In a lot of these places, Democrats have no hope of winning a statewide election, and all that matters is the primary.”

In other areas, Democrats are being denied pre-existing political losses. In 23 states, Republicans control both state legislatures and governors’ mansions. Democrats control both in only 15 states.

Republican-controlled legislatures now last year became laboratories for legislation that would remove barriers to Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 results. In seven states this year, lawmakers have proposed bills that would give partisan officials the power to alter the outcome of the 2020 election. Elections in different ways. Although none passed, Republican-led legislatures in Arizona and Georgia passed laws that directly eliminated the various election oversight responsibilities of secretaries of state — legislation that appears to directly target specific officials who have been vilified by Mr. Trump.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Wendy Weiser, vice president of democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, who co-authored a recent report on the new statewide legislation.

Ms. Weiser and other advocates have called for federal legislation to avert such efforts. “We have to have that in order to have a comprehensive response,” said Norm Eisen, co-chair of the US Center for Democracy. But with Democrats likely to lose one or both houses of Congress in the next two elections, time to pass it is fleeting.

Several election and voting rights reform bills have faltered this year due to opposition from a united Republican in the Senate where Democrats have a one-vote majority. Ten Republican senators will need to break ranks in order to overcome the party’s blocking of legislation. Only one, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has voted for any of the bills so far.

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