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Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of […]

U.S. Senate to try again on voting rights in September

BY: - August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate floor for a vote when the chamber returns from recess next month. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday that the Senate will take up a compromise version of the voting and elections bill, S.1, […]

Gov. Tony Evers vetoes bills making it harder to vote on Aug. 10 | Evers' YouTube

Evers blasts GOP legislators on anti-voter bills before vetoes

BY: - August 10, 2021

Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers took to the rotunda of the state Capitol to publicly sign his vetoes on six election bills  passed by the Legislature’s Republican majority to make it more difficult to vote.  The bills are a reminder of “how precious our democracy is and how quickly it can be taken away,” Evers said. […]

Rep. David Bowen speaks at the Washington, DC, rally in support of the For the People Act | Photo via Rep. David F. Bowen Twitter

State legislators rallying in D.C. urge Congress to act on voting rights

BY: - August 4, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democrats joined with dozens of state legislators at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon, demanding that the Senate skip August recess and pass critical voting rights legislation in reaction to Republican-led states that have adopted restrictive voting laws. Dozens of legislators from Wisconsin, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, among […]

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‘The Big lie is just that, a big lie’: In Philly, Biden calls for concerted effort to fight assaults on voting rights

BY: , and - July 13, 2021

PHILADELPHIA — Returning to the state that handed him the White House, President Joe Biden made a passionate plea Tuesday for Americans to rise up and protect their voting rights from a series of restrictive measures pushed by Republicans in Washington and in state capitols nationwide.    “It’s up to all of us to protect that […]

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Our 4th of July crisis

BY: - July 3, 2021

Americans have two new things to celebrate on the 4th of July this year — pandemic restrictions have lifted, and Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States. To underscore both of these happy facts, the Democratic National Committee hired a plane to fly over Lake Michigan on Friday afternoon, visible to Milwaukeans […]

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First GOP election ‘reform’ bill vetoed by Evers

BY: - June 30, 2021

A pack of election bills authored by legislative Republicans — who have been holding public hearings, hiring investigators, taking field trips to Arizona to watch its audit and calling into question the validity of the election process — have passed through the Legislature over objections from Democrats. A week ago, Gov. Tony Evers called for […]

Voting Rights Amendment Act rally in Capitol Hill in June 2014 in Washington, D.C. after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down preclearance requirements in Georgia and other states.

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting.  The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, (R-La.), said that the legislation is not needed and that the […]

Long lines during Georgia's June 9 primary were in part attributed to experienced older poll workers backing out due to coronavirus worries. But the state has also closed 214 polling places since 2012. John McCosh/Georgia Recorder

U.S. Department of Justice takes Georgia to court over its elections law

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal lawsuit is the latest in a series of challenges […]

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Pleas by advocates for elderly and disabled ignored as Assembly passes voter restrictions

BY: - June 23, 2021

As the Assembly began its floor session Tuesday, with a number of controversial election bills on the agenda, a flurry of urgent press releases collected by the Capitol’s inside news source The Wheeler Report told the story.  There were press releases from a wide array of groups objecting to the election bills that make it […]

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The broad battle against limiting voting rights

BY: and - June 15, 2021

Twenty years ago, Dee Her suffered a severe stroke after starting on dialysis. It curtailed her mobility, so she now uses a wheelchair or walker to get around. Then in 2017, shortly after a medically induced coma, the Sun Prairie resident became an indefinitely confined voter.  She tells her personal story in a matter-of-fact manner, […]

Congressional Democrats scrutinize state elections laws for effect on minority voters

BY: and - May 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—Members of a U.S. House panel on Monday debated whether some state elections laws disenfranchise certain voters, including people of color, and split along party lines in their conclusions. The chair of the elections subcommittee of the House Administration Committee, Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), voiced his concerns about recent voting requirement laws in states […]