The NAACP has partnered with two other advocacy groups in Colorado to bring a lawsuit against a conservative activist group known as the US Election Integrity Plan (USEIP) for allegedly going door to door in the state and aggressively canvassing and questioning voters, sometimes bearing arms. USEIP is among the organizations which advance the unfounded claim that President Biden’s victory was fraudulent. Another right-wing election integrity group, known as EchoMail, is being investigated by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for similar practices
The National Urban League, a non-partisan civil rights organization, has released a report claiming that state legislators and extremist groups are acting in an “insidious and coordinated” manner to sabotage democracy and Black Americans’ access to the ballot. The report focuses on suppression-based legislation, unfair redistricting decisions, and criminal intimidation and misinformation. It cites 34 restrictive laws passed in 2021 across 19 states, as well as 152 not-yet-passed bills at the state level with similar policies that have carried over into current legislative sessions.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed a law that some lawyers for the Arizona State Legislature believe may be unconstitutional. A 2013 Supreme Court ruling required states to allow voters to cast ballots for federal elections without documented proof of citizenship provided they attested to their citizenship under penalty of perjury. Arizona’s new law, however, will require voters to provide documentation of citizenship as well. Some voting rights advocates think this new law may endanger the ability of approximately 200,000 voters to cast a
While the US Supreme Court opted not to overturn Wisconsin's new Congressional district maps in a recent case, it did reject the new maps for the two chambers of the Wisconsin State Legislature. The maps had been approved by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court after a dispute between the state’s Republican-dominated legislature and its Democratic Governor. The US Supreme Court has ruled that Governor Tony Evers’ maps do not sufficiently follow the state’s requirement that redrawn maps must not be drastically different from their
The Florida Legislature has passed a bill approving 3 million dollars in funding to create a 25-person office to investigate potential criminal violations of election laws. Voting rights advocacy groups are calling the move unnecessary and hazardous to the rights of voters. A statement released from the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union claims, “The handful of cases of intentional misconduct that have been prosecuted in the past year demonstrates that the existing system works. There are no guardrails in this legislation