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September 2021

Freshman Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) has introduced a new bill known as the Native American Voting Rights Act (NAVRA), or S. 2702. The bill includes provisions that would require poll workers everywhere to accept all tribally-issued forms of identification; help voters without addresses or access to mail delivery to more easily register to vote, as well as to acquire and submit ballots; and facilitate the creation of more polling places on tribal lands. US Representatives Sharice Davids (D-KS-3) and Tom Cole (R-OK-4) have

Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has signed a new elections law after a prolonged battle with Democrats in the state legislature. The bill was signed in Tyler, a city in East Texas, which is part of the district represented by Texas Senator Brian Hughes, who is credited as the main author of the bill. At least three lawsuits have already been filed against the state for what many view as its excessively restrictive policies regarding voting access. Visit the Associated Press to learn more. Image Credit:

Legal experts are predicting great difficulties for the Department of Justice as the country enters its first redistricting period in over fifty years in which states and localities with a documented history of racial discrimination are not required to submit their redrawn electoral maps for federal “preclearance.” According to some legal analysts, the now-defunct “preclearance” policy not only gave the federal government the power to reject electoral maps that might have been designed to disadvantage minority voters, but also served as a deterrent to

Republicans in the Texas Senate have followed the House in passing, along party lines, a bill which voting rights advocates argue will unfairly restrict access to the ballot. The bill adds more identification requirements for mail-in voting, forbids unsolicited mailings of applications for mail-in ballots to eligible voters, and disallows drive-through voting and 24-hour voting.  The bill has now been sent to Republican Governor Greg Abbot’s desk to be signed. Visit the Huffington Post to learn more. Image Credit: World Travel and Tourism Council (CC BY

A North Carolina state court of appeals has blocked an earlier ruling by a lower court which would have allowed felons to vote in the state upon release from prison, regardless of whether they had finished their probation or parole or paid off all related fines and fees. The decision by the lower court would have re-enfranchised roughly 56,000 people, but, pending the results of a lawsuit disputing the court of appeals’ decision, those North Carolinians remain unable to vote.Visit WRAL to learn more. Image