“If the Democrats pass H.R. 1, it’s going to be absolutely devastating for Republicans in this country,” said Jay Williams, a Republican strategist in Georgia, a state seeing one of the most aggressive campaigns to restrict voting. “They’re just going to basically just shaft so many Republicans in places where they would actually have opportunities to pick up.”…
“I think stopping [H.R. 1] is more relative to Republican success in the future than Donald Trump,” Williams said, as the former president remains the most influential Republican in the party. “The ramifications of passing legislation like that would be very difficult for Republicans to win a majority status after that.”
But Republican fears don’t necessarily permeate in states where — even with more people voting — they found success in 2020, such as North Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky.
“I think it’s a mistake for Republicans to believe that under any particular voting model they can’t win elections. I think that’s wrong and absurd, but it’s the same error the Democrats are making trying to push H.R. 1,” said Michael Adams, Kentucky’s Republican secretary of state, before adding that in the last election, high turnout resulted in more registered Republicans participating than Democrats for the first time in the state’s history.