The Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 in favor of two state laws in Arizona, setting a precedent which voting rights advocates argue will make it more difficult for disadvantaged and non-white citizens to vote. One law holds that only a voter, themselves, or a member of their family, or a caregiver may collect or deliver a ballot on their behalf. The other mandates that election officials eliminate votes that were accidentally cast in the wrong precinct. Visit NBC News to learn more. Image Credit: David (CC BY
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)
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manhin (D-WV) have sent a bipartisan letter to the top four members of Senate leadership, urging them to reauthorize certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Before they were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013, these provisions required states with a history of voter suppression to obtain “pre-clearance” from the federal government before implementing new election laws. Senator Manchin, who has faced criticism from fellow Democrats for declining to support a broader voting rights reform measure known as
The ambitious voting rights bill known as the For the People Act is being taken up by the Senate Rules Committee. Democrats, such as the bill’s lead sponsor Jeff Merkely (D-OR) and Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), are planning to add a number of revisions to the bill. These changes are largely designed to ease administrative and logistical burdens the bill’s provisions may have on the states. Loosening the deadlines contained in the current version is a key feature of the new amendments.
Prominent members of Georgia’s faith-based community have called for a boycott of Home Depot. Community leaders are hoping to enlist the help of major corporations in pressuring Georgia’s government to roll back its recently passed voting restrictions. The religious leaders report that corporations like Delta and Coca-Cola have taken steps to communicate with them about voting rights, while Home Depot appears unwilling to discuss the matter.Visit NBC News to learn more.Image Credit: Ildar Sagdejev (CC BY-SA 3.0) Voter Education Week Young adults will be the nation’s largest