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NYC Plans to Give 800K Noncitizens Voting Rights

New bill would let legal residents vote in local elections

(Newser) - Lawmakers in New York City say that with voting restrictions being tightened in much of the country, they want the city to go the other way. A bill that would allow an estimated 808,000 noncitizens to vote in municipal elections and on local ballot initiatives is expected to pass...

University of Florida Reverses Decision on Professors

They will be allowed to provide testimony on voting-rights issue

(Newser) - Update: Reversing its previous position, the University of Florida said Friday that it would allow professors to testify as experts in a lawsuit challenging a new state law that critics say restricts voting rights, per the AP . The university last month had said that the three professors were prohibited...

US Sues to Block Texas Voting Restrictions
US Sues
Texas
Over New
Voting Law

US Sues Texas Over New Voting Law

Legislation affects rights of disabled voters, members of military, filing says

(Newser) - Although Gov. Greg Abbott said a new voting law would make it " easier than ever " for Texans to cast a ballot, the Justice Department filed suit Thursday arguing that the legislation would instead disenfranchise various groups of eligible voters. The law makes many changes, but the suit emphasizes...

Voting Rights Bill Hits GOP Wall
GOP Turns Back
Voting Rights Bill

GOP Turns Back Voting Rights Bill

Democrats to lobby each other on changing filibuster rule after another loss

(Newser) - Republican senators put a stop Wednesday to Democratic legislation to overhaul elections. The Freedom to Vote Act needed 60 votes; the count was 49-51, the Hill reports. "For every two steps forward, sometimes there are those who try to pull us one step back," Sen. Chuck Schumer said....

New Texas Voting Restrictions Signed Into Law

Greg Abbott claims bill will make it easier to vote

(Newser) - The day Texas Democrats fought for months to prevent is here—Gov. Greg Abbott has signed an election overhaul into law, a week after it was passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature. Abbott, who signed the bill at a ceremony in Tyler, said it would make it "easier than...

Texas Legislature Sends Voting Bill to Governor

Overhaul was passed after months of drama

(Newser) - The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature passed a broad overhaul of the state’s election laws Tuesday, tightening already strict voting rules and dealing a bruising defeat to Democrats who waged a monthslong fight over what they argued was a brazen attempt to disenfranchise minorities and other Democratic-leaning voters. From the AP...

Voting Rights Rallies Draw Thousands

Speakers put pressure on Biden as well as Congress for protections

(Newser) - Thousands of people rallied across the US on Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws to wipe out election legislation advancing in some Republican-controlled states that could make it harder to cast a ballot. Many activists view the fight over voting rules as the civil rights issue of the era....

Texas House Passes Election Overhaul

With Democrats back, voting restrictions go to Senate for final OK

(Newser) - With the Texas House back in business, Republicans pushed a broad election overhaul through on Friday and sent it to the Senate. The legislation already cleared the Senate but had to go back to reconcile minor differences between the two versions. The package then will go to Gov. Greg Abbott,...

Texas Lawmaker Speaks Nonstop for 15 Hours

But state Sen. Carol Alvarado's filibuster fails to stop passage of new voting rules

(Newser) - The drama over new voting rules in Texas continues to escalate: A Democratic lawmaker donned sneakers and a back brace Wednesday evening before she began speaking on the Senate floor—then continued speaking and standing for 15 hours, until Thursday morning, reports the Texas Tribune . Under state rules, State Sen....

5 Texas Lawmakers Who Left the State Get COVID

Democrats were pictured maskless on plane

(Newser) - Two more Texas lawmakers who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation, the AP reports. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio said in a statement Sunday that...

Biden Slams Trump's 'Big Lie'
Biden Slams Trump's 'Big Lie'

Biden Slams Trump's 'Big Lie'

President delivers address on voting rights

(Newser) - "We’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War," President Biden warned in a speech to supporters in Philadelphia Tuesday. The president, speaking at the National Constitution Center, spoke out against GOP-led efforts to restrict voting rights, linking them to Donald Trump's...

Texas Democrats Flee State to Head Off Voting Laws

House members fly to Washington to seek help from Congress

(Newser) - Unable to block the measures with their votes, Democratic legislators are leaving Texas rather than see new election laws passed. "Texas House Democrats stand united in our decision to break quorum and refuse to let the Republican-led legislature force through dangerous legislation that would trample on Texans' freedom to...

Texas Man Who Waited Hours to Vote Arrested For Voting

Hervis Rogers says he did not know he couldn't vote while on parole

(Newser) - A Texas man waited in line for six hours to do his civic duty—the last one to vote in the 2020 presidential primary at his polling station. A photo of him with his hard-won “I voted” sticker went viral. Then he got arrested, Houston Public Media reports. Hervis...

Senate Republicans Block Voting Rights Bill

Vote on For the People Act was 50-50

(Newser) - The biggest voting rights bill in decades met its widely expected fate in the evenly divided Senate Tuesday, with Republicans unified in opposition. Senators voted 50-50 on advancing the For the People Act, the Hill reports. Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome the GOP filibuster and advance the bill to...

McConnell Responds to Manchin's Voting Law Pitch

Senate minority leader says 'plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams is no compromise'

(Newser) - On Thursday, Sen. Joe Manchin offered up a long list of reforms to proposed voting rights legislation that he hoped would appeal to both Democrats and Republicans. But by later that day, the GOP made clear the compromise effort wasn't drawing them in. Per Axios , Senate Minority Leader Mitch...

Joe Manchin Floats a Voting-Law Compromise
Joe Manchin's Big Move
on Voting Law
the rundown

Joe Manchin's Big Move on Voting Law

Democratic senator floats a compromise ahead of next week's vote

(Newser) - Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia earned the wrath of fellow Democrats earlier this month when he announced that he wouldn't back a major election-reform law. Now, ahead of next week's vote, Manchin has put a compromise in play. Coverage:
  • Manchin released a lengthy list of reforms he
...

Democratic Senator Bucks Party on Voting Bill

Without Joe Manchin's vote, the measure has no path forward

(Newser) - A key Democratic senator says he will not vote for the largest overhaul of US election law in a generation, leaving no path forward for legislation that his party and the White House have portrayed as crucial for protecting access to the ballot. "Voting and election reform that...

County Bans Coke Machines Over New Voting Law

Surry County in North Carolina says company is catering to 'bigoted leftist mob'

(Newser) - Good luck finding a Coke at government facilities in Surry County, NC. Nearly two months after Coca Cola's CEO voiced opposition to Georgia's new voting restrictions , leaders of the county in neighboring North Carolina punished him with a measure requiring the removal of all Coke machines from government...

Florida Passes New Voting Restrictions

Bill slammed as 'revival of Jim Crow'

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers in Florida have passed a controversial election overhaul bill despite the lack of problems in the state's 2020 election, which they say was the "gold standard" for the country. The state is the first swing state won by Donald Trump to introduce new voting restrictions following...

Despite McConnell Warning, CEOs Plan Defiant Response
Expect Major Pushback
From CEOs on Voting Laws
The rundown

Expect Major Pushback From CEOs on Voting Laws

More than 100 business leaders talk strategy on Zoom call, despite McConnell warning

(Newser) - Last week, Mitch McConnell warned American businesses to stay out of politics amid the fallout over Georgia's new voting restrictions . CEOs do not appear to be heeding the warning. Coverage:
  • The call: The Washington Post reports that more than 100 chief executives and corporate leaders spoke on a Zoom
...

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