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Across the country, Republican-led state legislatures have done more than exceed the limits of voting after losing the 2020 presidential election.

They have made or written provisions that create new electoral power, change the electoral system and punish election officials who do not do their job - all with the power to create chaos in the next presidential election.

Here are a few examples:

In Georgia, a bill signed into law removes a state secretary from the State Electoral Board and replaces a parliamentary-appointed chair. It also empowers the State Electoral Commission to appoint regional or municipal election officials.

In Arizona, Republicans are moving forward with a measure that could prevent the Secretary of State (the Democrat) from defending election cases - but not until 2023, after the next election round in the country.

In Texas's banned law - at least for now - Democrats are particularly alarmed by a provision that would, if the number of votes cast illegally in the election was equal to or greater than the number of votes needed to change the outcome of the election, could be declared invalid.

In Arkansas, a new law empowers the State Board of Election Commissioners to, in the event of a "violation of voter registration rules or election laws", authorize an electoral officer or board of directors to conduct election administration in "difficult" cases.

And in many states across the country, pending or passed legislation will also impose heavy fines - or even criminal fines on election officials for failing to comply with the law up to that point.

Voting issues can be overcome - with voter education campaigns, new advocacy efforts and more money.

But when you change the rules about how votes are counted or whoever counts them, that becomes very difficult to win.

And as the New York Times' Nate Cohn observes, there are no legal measures for national Democrats - such as the HR1 or the John Lewis Voting Rights Act - that address the claims of these nations.

Biden's demands on the infrastructure bill

Yesterday, we asked what little President Biden was looking for in a two-way infrastructure agreement.

And we seem to have received a response after the presidential meeting with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V.: $ 1 trillion, all new expenditures, and high corporate taxes.

“Sen. Shelley Moore Capito told five other members of the Senate delegation about her meeting with President Biden on Wednesday night, a well-known Republican source said. "

"Capito told senators that Biden wants $ 1 trillion in new spending and wants it to be taxed. Biden demanded that the American Jobs Plan be paid for by increasing corporate tax rates. 'New' expenditure means spending more than the original basis - spending more than is already supposed to be spent on projects. The GOP's $ 928 billion proposal has only put $ 250 billion into new spending. "

"The GOP party is expected to come up with an opponent, which could be Friday."

"Asked about Capito's feelings after the meeting, one source said he continued to be a 'happy hero.' Some in the group have no hope. "

Data Downloads: Numbers you need to know today

More than 100: A number of free parties have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging him to release a filibuster after Republicans blocked a second-party investigation on January 6.

29 days: The life span of former president Donald Trump's blog, which was closed after failing to get much traffic.

33,474,185: Number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, with the most recent information from NBC News and health officials. (That's 16,847 more than yesterday morning.)

599,574: Number of people dying in the United States from the virus so far, with the most recent data from NBC News. (That is more than 589 than yesterday morning.)

296,912,892: Number of vaccines administered in the U.S.

37.8 percent: Percentage of all Americans completely vaccinated, according to NBC News.

51.9 percent: The proportion of all American adults over the age of 18 who are completely vaccinated, per CDC.

Tweet of the day

Trump starting his own blog only to give it up after a few weeks honestly is one of the most respected things he has done.

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