‘It can’t be that easy’: US conservative group brags about role in making voting harder

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The Guardian

Sam Levin in New York

May 13, 2021

Leaked video published by Mother Jones shows executive director of Heritage Action bragging about crafting voting restriction bills

A top official at one of America’s most influential conservative groups bragged about playing a key role in crafting voting restrictions across the country, according to leaked video published by Documented, a watchdog group, and Mother Jones on Thursday.

Jessica Anderson, the executive director of Heritage Action for America, an advocacy group affiliated with the powerful Heritage Foundation, told donors in April that the group had both written statutes and provided support for lawmakers doing so. “In some cases, we actually draft them for them,” she said, according to Mother Jones. “Or we have a sentinel on our behalf give them the model legislation so it has that grassroots, from-the-bottom-up type of vibe.”

The comments shed light on the effort behind the scenes to shape new voting restrictions across the country. At least 361 bills have been introduced in the US since the November election, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice.


Carl Sagan

Article URL : https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/13/us-conservative-group-heritage-action-video-voting-restrictions