IN A move that was as depressing as it was unsurprising, the Georgia Senate voted Monday to end no-excuse absentee voting, following Democratic victories in the state that former president Donald Trump and others blamed on mail-in ballots. This proposal, which would needlessly make voting more difficult, is perhaps the most nauseating policy so far to gain steam after Mr. Trump’s campaign of lies about fraud in the 2020 presidential election. There is still hope that it will not become law. But the bill is only one part of a much larger Republican effort to restrict voting in states across the country, a war on democracy that is already notching victories.

Georgia’s Republicans are far from alone in pushing new restrictions on the ballot box. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed a big voting bill into law Monday. It cuts the period in which mail-in ballots can be returned, shortens polling-place hours, reduces early voting and bars local election officials from distributing absentee-ballot request forms unless voters ask for them.


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