June 2021

 The Democratic primary for New York City’s mayor has instituted a ranked-choice voting system, which may mean that the identity of the nominee will not be known until weeks after election day. Should none of the 13 candidates receive more than 50% of the vote on election night, tabulation of voters’ other rankings will begin a week later. Increased absentee voting this year may also delay a final count. Additionally, a new policy known as “curing” has been instituted, which allows an absentee voter

 Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger has announced he will be making public a list of 102,000 names scheduled to be purged from the state’s voter rolls. Voters will have forty days to respond and reactivate their registrations. Voters who do not respond in time will have to register again if they wish to vote. Georgia’s last round of purges in 2019 deregistered over 300,000 voters.  Visit the Associated Press to learn more. Image Credit: Jonathan Schilling (CC BY-SA 3.0) 

Confident that Republicans will block a vote on an ambitious voting rights bill, analysts of the Senate are predicting another reevaluation of the filibuster among Senate Democrats. While Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are the most vocal Democratic supporters of the filibuster, a number of other Democrats are expressing doubts as to whether eliminating the parliamentary tactic is the right move to make.Visit NBC News to learn more. Image Credit: NASA HQ PHOTO  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Black civil rights leaders conducted a virtual, closed-door meeting with Joe Manchin (D-WV), the Senate’s lone Democratic holdout against the For The People Act, a sweeping voting rights bill. In addition to trying to win his support for the bill, civil rights leaders urged the Senator to reconsider his opposition to ending the filibuster, a procedural tactic which makes it necessary for a supermajority of Senators to approve of a bill before it reaches a final vote. One of the civil rights leaders at

Voting rights activist and former gubernatorial candidate Stacie Abrams is launching a campaign to pressure the US Senate to pass S. 1, also known as the For the People Act. Abrams’ voting rights organization, Fair Fight Action, has named the June campaign, “Hot Call Summer.” Fair Fight Action intends to text a minimum of 10 million voters located in states that are likely to be closely contested in the 2022 midterms.  “Hot Call Summer” will also feature virtual events and a paid media campaign. Visit