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2021-08-04 20:56:26
by Dan McCue
Democrats Assail Filibuster As They Push for Voting Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON -- Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators -- all of them Democrats -- made the short walk from the Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators -- all of them Democrats -- made the short walk from the Capitol to the green near the Robert Taft Memorial on Tuesday to join scores of state legislators in calling for passage... Read More

2021-08-03 19:58:58
by Reece Nations
GOP Lawmakers Target Authority of County and State Election Officials

Secretaries of state and county election officials nationwide resisted calls by former President Donald Trump and his allies to decertify... Read More

Secretaries of state and county election officials nationwide resisted calls by former President Donald Trump and his allies to decertify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Now, Republican legislators in at least 14 states have enacted 23 new laws... Read More

2021-08-02 18:07:16
by Dan McCue
Legislators Descend on DC to Pressure Senate to Pass Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON -- Legislators from across the country began arriving in Washington, D.C., on Monday in a bid to pressure the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Legislators from across the country began arriving in Washington, D.C., on Monday in a bid to pressure the U.S. Senate to pass sweeping voting rights legislation known as the For The People Act. The House passed the bill... Read More

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... Read More

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

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

President Joe Biden traveled to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, on Tuesday to declare that preserving voting rights for... Read More

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

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

AUSTIN, Texas — Once again, Texas Democrats have captured the national political spotlight by breaking quorum to foil the passage... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House fled their state on Monday, determined to stay... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will lay out the "moral case" for voting rights as he faces growing pressure... Read More

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

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

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of two special legislative sessions will commence on Thursday, July... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold two provisions of Arizona’s election law that critics argued unfairly impinged... Read More

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

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

NEW YORK - The ongoing vote count for the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City descended into chaos... Read More

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

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

SAVANNAH -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wasted no time on Friday responding to word the Justice Department is suing the... Read More

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

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

Eric Adams, the centerist Brooklyn Borough President who ran for mayor of New York City with public safety as his... Read More

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?

Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was... Read More

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

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

WASHIINGTON - Senate Republicans filibustered their Democraticcolleague's signature voting rights bill Tuesday night, denying it the 60 votes needed to... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' expansive elections and voting bill  is all but certain to be rejected in a key... Read More

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

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

Will it be one of the moderates or the progressives, and just what will New Yorkers make of their first-ever... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election... Read More

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

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

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical... Read More

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

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

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical... Read More

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

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

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed into law Monday a bill  making universally mailed ballots a permanent feature... Read More

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

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

New Jersey and Virginia will both hold statewide primaries on June 8.  New Jersey will hold primaries for governor, state... Read More

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

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

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the independence of the state’s redistricting commissions, holding that an effort by the... Read More

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

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

AUSTIN, Texas — In response to Texas Democrats' quorum-breaking walkout in opposition to overhauls of the state’s elections near the... Read More

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

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pressed ahead with their push for tougher election laws Tuesday, vowing to ensure Democrats'... Read More

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

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

TULSA, Okla. - President Joe Biden on Tuesday put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of his administration's efforts to... Read More

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

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

Voters in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a replacement for Deb... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights attorneys advocated for an update to the federal Voting Rights Act Thursday as the uproar instigated... Read More

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

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

Voters in Pennsylvania appear to have handed the state’s Republicans a significant victory on Tuesday, approving two constitutional amendments that... Read More

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

ATLANTA (AP) — Amber McReynolds, CEO of The National Vote at Home Institute, helped state and local election officials prepare... Read More

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

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