Rick Santorum says that if the GOP was “in the repression of voters,” the Republicans would have done “a lousy job.

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Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum said during a CNN election reporting panel that if the Republican Party was “out to suppress voters, we did a lousy job.

Santorum referred to the record turnout in this year’s presidential election as proof that the GOP did not try to suppress votes.

Although the ballots are still being calculated, total voter turnout has already surpassed the 2016 level and, according to the Washington Post, is well on its way to maintaining its highest level since 1900.

However, Santorum’s comments suggest that voter suppression is not a problem for today’s voters.

Voter oppression has been cited as a problem by many voter rights activists and has become a key theme of this year’s election in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The use of postal ballots to expand voter access in the event of health concerns was strongly contested by Republicans and Democrats. President Donald Trump and the GOP have argued that expanding postal voting will lead to widespread electoral fraud, a claim that is disputed by many election officials.

The Democrats have largely advocated providing more voters with postal ballots in this election.

Voters in states like Georgia, Texas and Florida queued for hours to hand in their ballots before election day. Several major swing states also extended voting hours after technical failures occurred at locations in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.

Activists have argued that long waiting times at polling stations and broken voting machines help keep voters from participating in democracy.

Voters in Florida also saw armed citizens at the polling stations, while voters in Tennessee and Georgia were turned away because they were wearing clothes that said “Black Lives Matter.

Texas in particular faced a series of legal battles against voter oppression in the run-up to the election.

On the eve of election day, a Supreme Court hearing rejected Republican efforts to throw 127,000 drive-thru votes out of the race in Harris County, the state’s most populous and largely Democratic district.

However, the state courts also upheld Governor Greg Abbott’s order that each district be allowed to cast only one ballot in any given location-a move that forced Harris County to remove 11 more mailboxes.

On Sunday, the Post published a statement by Ben Ginsberg, an election lawyer known for representing the Republican Party. Ginsberg accused the Trump campaign of trying to suppress votes under the pretext of voter fraud.

“The Trump campaign and Republican entities participated in more than 40 voting and electoral court cases across the country this year. In exactly non-zero, they are trying to make it easier for citizens to vote. In many cases, they are trying to erect barriers,” he wrote.

“This attempted incapacitation of voters cannot be justified by the unproven Republican dogma of widespread fraud. Challenging voters at the polls or challenging the legitimacy of postal ballots has nothing to do with fraud,” Ginsberg added. “Instead of pursuing conservative policies that appeal to women in the suburbs, young voters or racial minorities, Republicans are trying to exclude their voters.

Washington Newsday asked Santorum for a comment, but received no response before publication.

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