The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators
In The States
The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny.  After bolting  the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill... Read More

By Thwarting Voting Overhaul, Texas Dems Allow Special Agenda to Expire
In The States
By Thwarting Voting Overhaul, Texas Dems Allow Special Agenda to Expire

AUSTIN, Texas — When Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives left the state on Monday in a bid to deny Republicans a quorum needed to conduct business, they also left a number of other consequential agenda items in limbo.... Read More

In Impassioned Speech, Biden Declares GOP State Voting Restrictions 'Un-American'
Elections
In Impassioned Speech, Biden Declares GOP State Voting Restrictions 'Un-American'
2021-07-13 21:28:53
by Dan McCue

President Joe Biden traveled to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, on Tuesday to declare that preserving voting rights for all is the “test of our time.” Speaking at the National Constitution Center, Biden called the efforts to curtail voting... Read More

Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
Political News
Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
2021-07-13 19:45:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Once again, Texas Democrats have captured the national political spotlight by breaking quorum to foil the passage of Republican-backed voting legislation. At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House of Representatives left the state on... Read More

Biden Escalates Fight for Voting Rights
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Biden Escalates Fight for Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will lay out the "moral case" for voting rights as he faces growing pressure from civil rights activists and other Democrats to combat efforts by Republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot.... Read More

Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
In The States
Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
2021-07-06 19:12:31
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of two special legislative sessions will commence on Thursday, July 8, but the full list of agenda items will be set solely at Abbott’s discretion. The two big-ticket items expected... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions
2021-07-01 15:11:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold two provisions of Arizona’s election law that critics argued unfairly impinged on the rights of Black, Hispanic and Native Americans voters. By a 6-3 margin, the justices held that a 2016... Read More

Justice Department Sues Georgia Over Voting Law
Justice
Justice Department Sues Georgia Over Voting Law
2021-06-25 16:48:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department sued the state of Georgia on Friday over a controversial new law that imposes multiple restrictions on voting. During a late morning press conference on Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the complaint alleges “recent... Read More

Texas GOP to Revive Voting Bill, Democrats Plot Next Move
In The States
Texas GOP to Revive Voting Bill, Democrats Plot Next Move

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pressed ahead with their push for tougher election laws Tuesday, vowing to ensure Democrats' weekend victory over one of the most restrictive voting measures in the country would only be temporary.  GOP Gov. Greg... Read More

Biden Taps Harris for Lead Role In Protecting Voting Rights
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Biden Taps Harris for Lead Role In Protecting Voting Rights
2021-06-02 12:03:52
by Dan McCue

TULSA, Okla. - President Joe Biden on Tuesday put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of his administration's efforts to protect voting rights. Biden made the announcement during a speech in Tulsa, Okla., where he marked the 100th anniversary of... Read More

Democrats Press for Broader Voter Access as GOP Resists
Congress
Democrats Press for Broader Voter Access as GOP Resists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the U.S. Senate mounted an aggressive case against Democrats' sweeping election and voter-access legislation, pushing to roll back proposals for automatic registration, 24-hour ballot drop boxes and other changes in an increasingly charged national debate.... Read More

GOP Readies Blitz Against Democrats' Voting Rights Bill
Congress
GOP Readies Blitz Against Democrats' Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are preparing to launch an all-out assault on sweeping voting rights legislation, forcing Democrats to take dozens of politically difficult votes during a committee hearing that will spotlight the increasingly charged national debate over access to... Read More

Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
In The States
Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
2021-05-07 21:13:24
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Following hours of debate over amendments proposed by Democratic lawmakers, the Texas House of Representatives approved new restrictions to state election rules early Friday morning. After Democrats proposed more than 130 amendments to the legislation, the lawmakers... Read More

Lawsuits Follow Changes In State Voting Laws
In The States
Lawsuits Follow Changes In State Voting Laws
2021-05-07 21:10:56
by Tom Ramstack

Florida was hit with multiple civil rights lawsuits Thursday minutes after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to limit mail-in voting and to require more complete voter identification. The NAACP, the League of Women Voters and others said in their... Read More

Florida Republicans Pass Voting Limits in Broad Elections Bill
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Florida Republicans Pass Voting Limits in Broad Elections Bill
2021-04-30 18:47:49
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature passed a sweeping election overhaul bill on Thursday that established a wide range of new voting restrictions in one of the nation’s key battleground states. The bill makes Florida the first major swing state... Read More

Georgia's Abrams Navigates Voting Law Fight With Eye on 2022
In The States
Georgia's Abrams Navigates Voting Law Fight With Eye on 2022

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden called Georgia's new voting law an "atrocity." A leading Black bishop called for a national boycott of companies headquartered in the state. But when Stacey Abrams, the state's well-known voting rights advocate, is asked... Read More

Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
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Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
2021-04-18 11:57:52
by Dan McCue

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation designed to curtail voting rights. The letter, which appeared under the headline “We Stand for Democracy,” appeared as a double-page,... Read More

Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
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Major League Baseball Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia
2021-04-02 20:31:46
by TWN Staff

Major League Baseball said Friday it would move its annual All-Star Game out of Georgia, citing the state government’s recent decision to put in place more restrictive measures on who is able to vote in coming elections. “Major League Baseball... Read More

Outrage Over State Election Laws Grows as Congress Takes Action
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Outrage Over State Election Laws Grows as Congress Takes Action
2021-04-02 13:51:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The backlash continued Thursday against Georgia’s new elections law while Congress moved ahead with a bill that could eliminate much of states’ rights to determine the conditions for which residents vote, when they vote and where.  Civil rights... Read More

Democrats Launch Senate Battle for Expanded Voting Rights
Elections
Democrats Launch Senate Battle for Expanded Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their efforts to muscle through the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, setting up a fight with Republicans that could bring partisan tensions to a climax in the evenly split Senate and... Read More

Iowa Gov Signs Bill Curbing Voting Rights
In The States
Iowa Gov Signs Bill Curbing Voting Rights
2021-03-09 20:44:21
by TWN Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a Republican-backed bill that makes it harder to vote early, potentially eroding a key aspect of Democratic campaigns. The  Bill was approved in a party-line vote in... Read More

Executive Order Directs Agencies to Step Up Voting Rights Efforts
White House
Executive Order Directs Agencies to Step Up Voting Rights Efforts
2021-03-08 14:29:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Federal agencies must take steps to expand access to voter registration and give their employees time off to vote or volunteer as nonpartisan poll workers, a new executive order from the White House says. President Joe Biden signed... Read More

Voting Rights Overhaul Championed by Democrats
Elections
Voting Rights Overhaul Championed by Democrats
2021-03-02 14:27:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress want to overhaul the nation’s voting laws with the “For the People Act” (H.R. 1). Their majority in the House makes approval of the bill likely as soon as this week. H.R. 1 would reduce... Read More

Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Rolling Back Voting Access
In The States
Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Rolling Back Voting Access

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest.  The bill comes after... Read More

Courts Will Decide Georgia Voting Rights — and Maybe Election Results
State News
Courts Will Decide Georgia Voting Rights — and Maybe Election Results

ATLANTA — Fierce battles over which votes count are already being fought in courts this election season, with armies of voting rights advocates, political parties and attorneys gearing up to bring more challenges to Georgia election laws when ballots are... Read More

Virginia Repeals Voter ID Law, Makes Election Day a State Holiday
State News
Virginia Repeals Voter ID Law, Makes Election Day a State Holiday
2020-04-14 13:14:49
by Dan McCue

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a series of bills this past weekend that dramatically expand voting rights in the state, by eliminating its voter ID requirement, increasing access to early voting and making Election Day a state holiday. “Voting is... Read More

RNC, Michigan GOP File Motion to Intervene in Battleground Voting Rights Case
Elections
RNC, Michigan GOP File Motion to Intervene in Battleground Voting Rights Case
2020-02-24 16:26:44
by Dan McCue

The Republican National Committee and Michigan Republican Party last week filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit over the right of organizers to participate in elections. The underlying lawsuit was filed by Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, in... Read More

Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
State News
Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
2020-01-30 17:56:28
by Dan McCue

Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker called on his colleagues in the state legislature Wednesday to pass House Bill 6, a proposed constitutional amendment that could restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of ex-felons who have completed their sentences.... Read More

Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights
State News
Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights

ATLANTA — Three federal judges hearing a legal challenge to a Florida measure allowing felons to vote asked tough questions of the attorney for Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, repeatedly asking about the fairness of a subsequent bill that levied... Read More

Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons
State News
Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons
2019-12-13 20:47:13
by Dan McCue

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday restored the voting rights of more than 140,000 people with nonviolent felony convictions, making good on an inaugural promise he made after being sworn in recently. The order signed by Beshear applies to Kentuckians... Read More

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