Voting rights advocates hope the Biden administration’s lawsuit accusing Texas of trying to minimize the voting power of nonwhite residents signals a willingness to confront Republican-led plans that they say would make voting harder for Black and Latino Americans.
But some national security experts, including a former top White House homeland security adviser, said they fear the Biden administration is fundamentally misjudging how widespread and insidious voter suppression and election fraud efforts are.
Olivia Troye, former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, said activists aligned with former President Donald Trump are not only trying to make it harder for nonwhite Americans to vote, they are also infiltrating traditionally nonpartisan local election offices to tip the scales in their favor in a country where hundreds of votes in a single county could alter a presidential election.
“I am probably even more concerned today than I was even last fall. While we may have defeated Trump, the extremism of Trumpism hasn’t been defeated. It’s grown, it’s grown and become emboldened. All of this is concerning on so many levels,” Troye said.