If President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans push for broad changes to American's voting laws, they could face an impediment — state and federal court judges who are increasingly striking down GOP-passed voting laws, casting them as intentionally discriminatory.
Trump falsely claimed on Sunday that millions of people voted illegally in the November election and said, without evidence, that California, New Hampshire and Virginia in particular had voting irregularities.
Conservatives have used the specter of voter fraud, which a number of studies have shown is virtually non-existent in American elections, to pass laws that disproportionately make it harder to vote for people of color and college students, who tend to back Democratic candidates.
"All of these lies are pretext to massive voter suppression," said Ari Berman, a sharp critic of these GOP-passed voting laws and author of the book "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.
Beyond his voting fraud comments, Trump has said little about America's voting system and what changes he would make. The big question is whether Trump, if he believes these unfounded claims about voter fraud, will use the presidency to support and potentially buttress the conservative agenda on voting issues by urging more states to adopt voter ID laws and limit early voting.