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U.S. Representative and candidate for Florida Governor Charlie Crist has written a letter to the U.S. Attorney General requesting support in defense of the state’s voting rights, which he argues are under threat. Among other concerns, Representative Crist’s letter calls attention to a newly created Office of Elections and Security. The letter expresses fears that the limits of the new office are so vague that it could be allowed to investigate virtually anyone in the state for any reason and even interfere with the

Local Law 11, passed by the New York City Council last December, is facing a challenge in the Richmond County State Supreme Court in Staten Island. The law would allow non-citizens who are authorized to live and work in the United States to vote in New York City’s local elections, provided they have resided in the city for at least 30 days. The law would enfranchise over 800,000 additional city voters starting next year. The plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law are led by

The Massachusetts State Senate has approved a voting rights bill that would expand early voting opportunities and access to mail-in ballots, but would not allow for voters to register on election day. The bill is a compromise of pieces of legislation that were previously considered by Massachusetts legislators. Some critics have voiced doubts about the bill’s constitutionality. The bill will be considered next by the Massachusetts House of Representatives and then Governor Charlie Baker.            Visit Boston.com to learn moreImage Credit: King of Hearts(CC BY-SA 4.0)

The US Supreme Court has rejected a request to vacate subpoenas of three Texas state legislators. By allowing the subpoenas to stand, the nations’ highest court has eased the path for the US Department of Justice to prosecute its case that Texas lawmakers violated Title 2 of the Voting Rights Act and illegally disadvantaged voters of color when they redrew the state’s election maps.             Visit CNN to learn moreImage Credit: Coolcaesar(CC BY-SA 3.0) 

Several tapes obtained by journalists reveal an unprecedented strategy by Republican operatives to install politically-motivated voters as poll workers throughout the country. “Being a poll worker, you just have so many more rights and things you can do to stop something than [as] a poll challenger,” an RNC election integrity official for Michigan was recorded saying. This so-called “precinct strategy,” involves setting up communication lines so partisan poll workers may communicate directly with sympathetic local lawyers over the internet as votes are being cast.