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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

Texas Dems Flee to DC to Avoid Vote on State Voting Restrictions
Political News
Texas Dems Flee to DC to Avoid Vote on State Voting Restrictions
2021-07-13 15:27:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House fled their state on Monday, determined to stay on the lam in the nation’s capital to thwart a vote on new voting restrictions in the Lone Star state.... Read More

Biden Escalates Fight for Voting Rights
White House
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

New York City Primary Vote Count In Disarray
Elections
New York City Primary Vote Count In Disarray
2021-06-30 15:07:33
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK - The ongoing vote count for the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City descended into chaos Tuesday night after election officials retracted their latest count due to it being “corrupted” by test data that was never... Read More

Georgia Gov. Rips DOJ Lawsuit as ‘Politically Motivated Assault’
Political News
Georgia Gov. Rips DOJ Lawsuit as ‘Politically Motivated Assault’
2021-06-27 12:15:26
by Dan McCue

SAVANNAH -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wasted no time on Friday responding to word the Justice Department is suing the state over a newly implemented voting law that critics believe restricts Black voter access to the polls. At a hastily... Read More

Adams Leads in New York Mayoral Primary
In The News
Adams Leads in New York Mayoral Primary
2021-06-23 15:01:21
by Dan McCue

Eric Adams, the centerist Brooklyn Borough President who ran for mayor of New York City with public safety as his top issue, emerged on Tuesday with a substantial lead in the Democratic primary, but fell well short of outright victory... Read More

Explainer: What's Next Now That  GOP Has Blocked Voting Bill?
Political News
Explainer: What's Next Now That GOP Has Blocked Voting Bill?

Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was pushed by congressional Democrats who argued it was needed to counter a spate of new GOP laws this year tightening... Read More

Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
Political News
Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
2021-06-22 23:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHIINGTON - Senate Republicans filibustered their Democraticcolleague's signature voting rights bill Tuesday night, denying it the 60 votes needed to advance the bill and start debate. Thought the outcome was a foregone conclusion, it was nevertheless a blow to Democrats'... Read More

GOP Ready to Block Elections Bill in Senate Showdown
U.S. Senate
GOP Ready to Block Elections Bill in Senate Showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' expansive elections and voting bill  is all but certain to be rejected in a key test vote in the Senate, providing a dramatic example of Republicans' use of the filibuster  to block legislation and forcing... Read More

New York Mayoral Primary Could Help Define Democrats Heading Into 2022
Cities
New York Mayoral Primary Could Help Define Democrats Heading Into 2022
2021-06-20 12:21:16
by Dan McCue

Will it be one of the moderates or the progressives, and just what will New Yorkers make of their first-ever encounter with ranked-choice voting in a mayoral contest? Those are some of the questions that could be answered Tuesday as... Read More

Voting Bill Showdown Looms as GOP Rejects Manchin Plan
U.S. Senate
Voting Bill Showdown Looms as GOP Rejects Manchin Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election law, setting up a dramatic test of Democratic unity on a top priority that Republicans are vowing to block. Democrats... Read More

Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
Think Tanks
Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
2021-06-14 15:36:26
by Reece Nations

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical roles in key races, among other findings. The report — conducted jointly by The Collective PAC, The Third Way and... Read More

Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
Elections
Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
2021-06-11 18:16:50
by Reece Nations

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical roles in key races, among other findings. The report — conducted jointly by The Collective PAC, Third Way and Latino... Read More

Vermont to Send Ballots to All Voters, Governor Wants Policy Expanded
In The States
Vermont to Send Ballots to All Voters, Governor Wants Policy Expanded
2021-06-08 20:57:40
by Dan McCue

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed into law Monday a bill  making universally mailed ballots a permanent feature of the state’s general election.  But Scott went a step further, calling on the General Assembly to extend the policy... Read More

New Jersey, Virginia to Hold Statewide Primaries Tuesday
Elections
New Jersey, Virginia to Hold Statewide Primaries Tuesday
2021-06-05 16:15:34
by TWN Staff

New Jersey and Virginia will both hold statewide primaries on June 8.  New Jersey will hold primaries for governor, state Senate, and state House. Virginia will hold Democratic primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.  In addition, both parties... Read More

Colorado Lawmakers Told to Butt Out of Redistricting Effort
In The States
Colorado Lawmakers Told to Butt Out of Redistricting Effort
2021-06-04 19:55:02
by Dan McCue

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the independence of the state’s redistricting commissions, holding that an effort by the General Assembly to change the process violated the state constitution. The ruling came as a result of an interrogatory lawsuit... Read More

Texas Legislature to Convene Special Session on Voting Bill
In The States
Texas Legislature to Convene Special Session on Voting Bill
2021-06-02 20:59:59
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — In response to Texas Democrats' quorum-breaking walkout in opposition to overhauls of the state’s elections near the close of the session over the weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would convene a special session this summer. “We... 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
White House
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

In New Mexico, Yet Another Special Election Seen As Proxy for 2022
Political News
In New Mexico, Yet Another Special Election Seen As Proxy for 2022
2021-05-30 12:20:58
by Dan McCue

Voters in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a replacement for Deb Haaland, the former Democratic representative for the district who left Congress to become President Joe Biden’s secretary of the Interior.... Read More

Civil Rights Advocates Ask Congress to Protect Voting Rights
Congress
Civil Rights Advocates Ask Congress to Protect Voting Rights
2021-05-28 14:36:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights attorneys advocated for an update to the federal Voting Rights Act Thursday as the uproar instigated by former President Donald Trump over fair elections continues to create turmoil in Congress. They blamed outdated language in the... Read More

Governor’s Emergency Powers Curbed in Pennsylvania
Voting
Governor’s Emergency Powers Curbed in Pennsylvania
2021-05-19 18:39:49
by Dan McCue

Voters in Pennsylvania appear to have handed the state’s Republicans a significant victory on Tuesday, approving two constitutional amendments that would give the legislature more power to block emergency declarations by the governor. Though votes will likely continue to be... Read More

AP Interview: Disinformation Concerns Mail Voting Expert
Elections
AP Interview: Disinformation Concerns Mail Voting Expert

ATLANTA (AP) — Amber McReynolds, CEO of The National Vote at Home Institute, helped state and local election officials prepare for the record number of mailed ballots cast during last year's presidential election. She also was recently confirmed by the... Read More

Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Successful Ballot Initiative
In The States
Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Successful Ballot Initiative
2021-05-16 12:19:05
by Dan McCue

JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday overturned a voter-approved ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, holding that the election law governing ballot referendums is out of date. The decision, which could halt other citizen-led efforts to amend... Read More

Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
Congress
Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
2021-05-12 20:33:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to amend a bill before sending it off to a final vote that would set national standards for elections. It made little headway in reaching agreement in a sharply divided Senate Rules and... 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

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