Was Democratic presidential candidate
If Clinton’s proposals for expanded early voting, automatic voter registration for 18-year-olds and a return to preclearance were adopted, she and other
Clinton's speech was self-serving in another, subtler way. By accusing Republicans of "systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting," Clinton arguably guaranteed that Republicans would react in an equally partisan way -- as they promptly did.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested that Clinton “wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud around the country." Former Texas Gov.
Portraying access to the ballot box as a partisan issue arguably undermines the effort to win bipartisan support for the measures Clinton proposed. It also could lead some independent voters to shrug cynically over what seems to be a battle between vested interests, not a matter of principle.
But enactment of the reforms Clinton endorsed is unlikely in the near future, either in the Republican-controlled Congress or in states where the GOP holds sway. By picking a fight with Republicans, Clinton probably galvanized Democratic voters, including the "people of color, poor people and young people" she accused the Republicans of disenfranchising. Changes in the law can come later.