Tag Archives: voting rights

Judge Strikes Down NYC Non-Citizen Voting Law

The New York Daily News reports: A Staten Island judge struck down a city law Monday that would give some noncitizen New Yorkers the right to vote in local elections, ruling that the expansion of electoral participation would violate the state constitution. The so-called Local Law 11, which was adopted in January, would let green card holders and some immigrants …

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NY Gov Signs John Lewis Voting Rights Act [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports: Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday signed the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York, which aims to prevent voter suppression or dilution based on race or language preference, at a ceremony in Brooklyn. The signing coincides with the federal Juneteenth holiday, which commemorates the liberation of the last enslaved Africans two years after the end of …

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McConnell: Blacks Vote Just As Much As “Americans”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is trending on Twitter after making an insidious comment related to voting rights, in which he implied African Americans are not Americans. Prior to a vote to move the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to the Senate floor failed Wednesday, McConnell was asked by a reporter about concerns among …

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House Approves Voting Rights Bills In Party Line Vote

The Associated Press reports: Acting as part of a Democratic plan to expedite consideration of the bills in the Senate, the House approved the new measure on a party-line vote of 220 to 203 after a heated partisan debate in which lawmakers clashed over the state of election laws across the country. The new legislation combined two separate bills already …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Gives GA Speech On Voting Rights

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden will use a speech in Georgia to endorse changing Senate rules that have stalled voting rights legislation, saying it’s time to choose “democracy over autocracy.” But some civil rights groups won’t be there, in protest of what they say is administration inaction. Biden plans to tell his audience, “The next few days, when …

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McConnell Blocks Majority Votes On Voting Rights Bills

The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday night blocked an attempt by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to set up simple majority votes on a sweeping elections bill and legislation to bolster the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which would have allowed Democrats to pass the two bills without GOP support. Schumer, on the Senate, floor …

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New Mayor May Veto NYC’s Noncitizen Voting Bill

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor Adams on Tuesday did not rule out vetoing a bill that would extend voting rights to noncitizen New Yorkers, upsetting fellow Democrats in the City Council who say he’d flip-flop on a key campaign promise by torpedoing the legislation. The bill, which would allow roughly 800,000 green card holders and immigrants with certain …

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Biden Backs Filibuster Carve-Out For Voting Rights Bill

CNN reports: President Joe Biden says he supports making an exception to the Senate filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights legislation. “If the only thing standing between getting voting rights legislation passed and not getting passed is the filibuster, I support making the exception of voting rights for the filibuster,” Biden told ABC News’ David Muir in an …

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Senate Republicans Again Block Voting Rights Act

The Guardian reports: Republicans in the US Senate again blocked a significant voting rights bill from advancing on Wednesday, a move many see as a breaking point in the push to get rid of the filibuster, the Senate rule that requires 60 votes to advance most legislation. The bill – the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act – is one …

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Republican Senators Again Block Voting Rights Bill

Reuters reports: A bill aimed at thwarting restrictive new voting laws enacted in Republican-led states failed to advance in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, as Republican lawmakers blocked a Democratic effort to begin debating the measure. The Senate voted 49-51 to end debate on whether to bring up the bill, known as the Freedom to Vote Act, falling short of …

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House Approves John Lewis Voting Rights Act

NPR reports: House lawmakers approved new legislation aimed at protecting the right to vote on Tuesday, amid a wave of restrictive new elections laws from Republican-controlled state legislatures. The bill is named for the Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, who died last year. Democrats say the bill, known as H.R. 4 would strengthen the Voting Rights Act …

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Obama: Voting Rights Bill Must Pass Before Midterms

“We can’t wait until the next election because if we have the same kinds of shenanigans that brought about January 6, if we have that for a couple more election cycles, we’re going to have real problems in terms of our democracy [in the] long term. “Since I left office I’ve tried to make a policy not to weigh in …

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Graham Opposes Dem Voting Rights Bill In Any Form

“In my view, SR-1 is the biggest power grab in the history of the country. It mandates ballot harvesting, no voter ID. It does away with the states being able to redistrict when you have population shifts. “It’s just a bad idea, and it’s a problem that most Republicans are not going to sign – they’re trying to fix a …

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Garland: DOJ To Double Staff Working On Voting Rights

NBC News reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that he plans to double the number of staff within the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division dedicated to protecting voting rights. “There are plenty of things up for debate in America, but the right of all eligible Americans to vote is not one of them,” Garland said. The staffing surge would …

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Joe Manchin To Vote Against Dem Voting Rights Bill

From an op-ed published today by the Charleston Gazette: Some in my party have argued that now is the time to discard bipartisan voting reforms and embrace election reforms and policies solely supported by one party. Respectfully, I do not agree. I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, …

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Native Americans Group Sues MT Over Voting Rights

The New York Times reports: The American Civil Liberties Union and the Native American Rights Fund filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging two new election laws in Montana as unconstitutional infringements on Native Americans’ right to vote. Montana legislators enacted the laws — H.B. 176, which eliminated same-day voter registration, and H.B. 530, which restricted ballot collection — this spring, …

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TODAY: Senate Begins Battle On Voting Rights Bill

CBS News reports: The Senate Rules Committee will consider amendments on Tuesday to S.1, the For the People Act, a massive voting and elections bill that Democrats claim is necessary to counter new voting restrictions being considered by multiple states. Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar announced last month that the committee would hold a “markup” session on the bill on May …

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Cuomo Signs Bill Restoring Voting Rights To Felons

The Hill reports: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation Tuesday night that would restore voting rights to formerly convicted felons upon their release from prison. The bill, which the state legislature passed in mid-April, immediately restores voting rights when people are released from prison, even if they are on parole. Prior to conviction and sentencing, criminal defendants are …

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Dem Kentucky Gov Signs Bill Making It Easier To Vote

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law Wednesday a significant election reform bill that will make it easier for Kentuckians to vote early, bucking a national trend of more restrictive election laws in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Even with the expansions included in the bill, the state’s voting laws in many ways remain more restrictive …

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Voting Rights Groups Sue GA Over Suppression Law

ABC News reports: A lawsuit has been filed challenging Georgia’s new law imposing voting restrictions. The 35-page lawsuit has been filed by three voting rights groups claiming the law violates voters’ rights and will make it harder for lawful Georgia voters to take part in state elections. The lawsuit says SB 202 will impose unnecessary and burdensome new identification requirements …

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