voting rights

Klobuchar: U.S. Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate Democrats about […]

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.

BY: - July 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. “What we […]

‘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 right – […]

VP Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access. The move comes after Democrats have been stymied in their attempts to enact a national election overhaul […]

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

BY: - June 29, 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 […]

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections-reform and voting-rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure, S.1, titled the For the People Act, did not reach the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster and advance. […]

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Patricia Brigham: ‘Our democracy is precious and we must ensure that it remains intact’

BY: - June 4, 2021

Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, has been on the forefront of voter rights and gun issues for nearly a decade. Saturday, she’ll end her term as president, though she expects to work with the LWVFL in some capacity. “Our democracy is precious and we must ensure that it remains […]

Voting-rights and civil-rights advocates call for veto of GOP-driven election reforms

BY: - May 5, 2021

Twenty voting-rights and civil-rights organizations told Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday that he should veto elections-reform legislation sent for his signature by the Republican-led Florida Legislature. The group includes the Fair Elections Center based in Washington, D.C, and Florida chapters of All Voting is Local, American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause, Faith in Florida, […]

FL ag commissioner Fried calls for vetoes of ‘big government’ bills passed by GOP-led Legislature

BY: - May 4, 2021

Calling the 2021 legislative session “the year of big government,” Florida Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Nikki Fried called on Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday to veto eight bills that she said ignore the needs of Floridians but curry favor with conservative voters ahead of DeSantis’ likely presidential run. “The governor’s priorities are whatever helps him […]

Gov. DeSantis returns to Fox News to lob fresh bombs at the Biden administration

BY: - April 18, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis went on Fox News again Sunday to criticize the Biden administration over its immigration policy and promote his own initiatives against Big Tech, vaccine passports, unruly demonstrations and more. On “Sunday Morning Futures,” the governor cited President Joe Biden’s executive orders dismantling former President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies, including separating […]

Senate’s toned-down voting bill fails to stop backlash from election officials and voting-rights groups

BY: - April 15, 2021

Republican state lawmakers are backing down from plans to ban ballot drop boxes and to make it harder to request mail-in ballots, but that has not quelled widespread criticism of their efforts to make it harder to vote in the name of election integrity. A coalition of leading voting-rights and civil-rights organizations will convene on […]

FL faith leaders call on lawmakers to address racial disparities: ‘We are in the battle for the soul of this country’

BY: - April 14, 2021

Faith leaders from across the state warned Wednesday that pending legislation in the Florida Legislature will threaten the lives of minorities and likely increase racial disparities. Members of the Florida Council of Churches cited myriad concerns about curtailing voting rights and the freedom to protest, and curbing equal access to health care for low-income families, […]