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The Murky Effects of Mail-In Voting

Harry Enten offers some pieces of evidence suggesting (although not proving) that expanding mail-in voting hasn’t had a strong pro-Democratic effect on election outcomes, and that restricting it wouldn’t have a strong pro-Republican effect. The lesson he draws is that “it’s not at all clear Republicans will succeed in helping their electoral prospects” by enacting new limits on mail-in voting.

If he’s right, though, it also means that the progressive fear that Republicans will entrench their power by limiting mail-in voting is off-base. I recently wrote about this fear, and some other reasons for thinking it’s overwrought.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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