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The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is assembling Democratic state legislators across the country in order to form a “voting rights council.” The intention of the council is to build strategies against a wave of Republican-backed bills that could reduce voter access and turnout. DLCC President Jessica Post says that “Republicans’ embrace of voter suppression is an existential threat to the future of our democracy.” The co-chairs of the new voting rights council will be Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich and Nevada Assembly

Hours after Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed into law two new bills to increase eligibility requirements for voters, state Democrats filed suit on the grounds that both bills violate Montana’s Constitution. Democrats argue that the bills create undue burdens which will disproportionately harm the rights of vulnerable groups, such as students, the elderly, and indigenous communities. House Bill 175 will disallow voters from registering on election day. Senate Bill 169 will alter which forms of identification are accepted as well as require some voters

Let America Vote, End Citizens United, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee announced that they are launching a $30 million campaign to persuade the Senate to pass H.R. 1, a major elections and ethics reform bill passed by the House of Representatives in early March. The groups plan to spend $20 million on ads to persuade voters, and the remaining $10 million on outreach to legislators and activists. H.R. 1 is unlikely to pass without changing the Senate’s filibuster rules, specifically by allowing bills

Despite winning the presidency and the U.S. Senate, Democrats failed to make gains in the nation’s state legislatures during the general election. These state legislatures will play a key role in the redistricting process which will follow the 2020 Census. Voting rights groups are concerned that Republican-led state legislatures, especially those in the South, will draw new congressional districts in a way that dilutes the voting power of African American voters.Visit The Hill to learn more.Image Credit: Johnny Silvercloud (CC BY-SA 2.0)  Voter Education Week Young