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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

In the latest in a long series of legislative disappointments this year for advocates of federal voting rights, Senate Republicans have blocked a vote on another bill to protect access to the ballot. This amended version of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act was the product of a compromise with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the only Republican in the chamber to lend the bill her vote. This latest defeat at the hands of Senate Republicans has prompted outraged reactions from various organizations, demanding

 Now that Republican Senators have rejected the possibility of debating the For the People Act in its current form, Democrats are regrouping to advance alternative approaches to reforming voting policy. The compromise bill outlined by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is likely to take fuller form while Senate Democrats plan to host hearings on voting rights in states like Georgia, where restrictive laws have recently passed. Georgian Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) are also working on a bill to protect election officials

Following the enactment of a new law in Georgia, which has been criticized for its potential to restrict access to the ballot box and suppress turnout among minority voters, Texas and Arizona are now emerging as the next states where fights over voting rights will take place. In Texas, legislation has been introduced which would ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting, prohibit election officials from mailing voters absentee ballot applications, and empower partisan poll watchers. In Arizona, legislation has been introduced which would make it