Wile E. Coyote is the Looney Tunes cartoon character whose obsessive quest to catch the Road Runner always backfires. Though he employs an array of outlandish gadgets such as jet-powered roller skates, the coyote’s schemes to capture his prey inevitably ends up injuring him instead.
So far this year, at least 18 states
have passed laws that make it more difficult to vote. All but one are led by GOP-controlled legislatures.
Some of the more obvious boomerang
effects of these laws have already been noted. Voter restrictions anger and mobilize voters of color. They make it more difficult
for older, rural White citizens to vote. And they discourage some White voters from even participating in elections.
Even some GOP leaders are now warning
that restrictive voting laws are hurting their base. One commentator went further, saying
Republicans are “inadvertently suppressing their own voters.”
That’s the conclusion Joel Mathis came to after examining the…