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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 […]

Two absentee ballots in the mail sticking out of the front of a mail box on a pole

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 […]

billboard on side of building reads voting rights are human rights

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 […]

"Vote Here" sign (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Wisconsin is one of a handful of states on Heritage Action’s voting-restriction target list

BY: - May 19, 2021

A video obtained by the investigative group Documented, and published last week by the magazine Mother Jones, shows the director of the right wing group Heritage Action for America telling donors at a gathering in Tucson, Arizona, about the group’s efforts to push voting restrictions throughout the U.S. by providing model legislation to state legislatures […]

Behind LeMahieu’s taciturn style lies a staunch conservative

BY: - April 16, 2021

State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and his GOP caucus took a beating from Democrats during the Senate floor session on Wednesday as the Republicans voted for bills to spend Wisconsin’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in ways that likely violate the law. But the intensity of that debate did not appear […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Signage at an early voting center on September 23, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Legislature follows a nationwide systemic push against voting rights

BY: and - April 6, 2021

Republican-led legislatures across the country continue a systematic push to pass laws they claim are aimed at ratcheting up election security. The policy debate over voting rights and election integrity has exploded in state houses, ignited by last year’s contentious elections where more people voted — particularly by absentee and mail-in ballot — than ever […]

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Focus in on sign at protest: You have no right to take away my Right to Vote

New voter restrictions fit a long pattern

BY: - April 6, 2021

In this current debate about whether to expand or restrict voting, each side is probably  spot on about the basic motivations of the politicians on the other side of the argument. GOP legislators say expansion, such as expressed in a sweeping measure in Congress, H.R.1, intended to achieve nearly universal voting, is a power grab […]

"I voted" stickers in Primrose (Photo by Henry Redman)

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box.   The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way for […]

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Trump serves up cold leftovers at CPAC

BY: - March 1, 2021

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday, Donald Trump served up cold leftovers that have gone rancid. It was mostly a rerun of his old campaign speech (filled with his bragging until, yep, he said it again, “the China virus” hit) and his post-election rants about how he was “cheated” out of the […]

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Signs of two Black marchers read: Bad maps divide our votes and Vote for Voter Protections

Why can’t Wisconsin keep a mask mandate? Gerrymandering

BY: - February 4, 2021

It didn’t have to be this way. Our state Legislature could be doing more to help Wisconsinites, but they aren’t. Why? Because too many legislative districts are drawn so that elected representatives don’t have to be responsive to their constituents. State government is fighting itself at every turn. The Legislature not only didn’t convene — […]