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Supporters of “approval voting” have acquired enough signatures to introduce in Seattle’s city council an initiative to adopt the election method. City councilors may either decide to vote on the measure themselves or present it to voters in November. “Approval voting” would allow Seattle voters to vote for as many candidates as they find acceptable in the primaries and then vote for one of the top two contenders who make it to the general election. Supporters of the election method argue that it is

An ambitious voting rights bill has passed the New York State Senate by a party-line vote (Democrats control both chambers of the legislature). It is expected to pass the State Assembly and Democratic Governor Hochul has said she will sign it. The bill requires regions of the state with a history of discriminatory voting policies to submit any new election laws to the State Attorney General for “pre-clearance.” It also strengthens protections and services for non-English speaking voters and increases penalties for voter misinformation,

A federal judge has decided to permit the advance of a legal attempt to prohibit Republican US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) from seeking reelection because of her alleged involvement in the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. While observers suspect that Rep. Greene will remain on the 2022 ballot, the judge’s decision means that Greene will be the first sitting Republican Member of Congress forced to testify under oath about possible complicity in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th,

In what many are viewing as a dangerous precedent, a federal judge in an Arkansas district court has ruled that a challenge to potentially discriminatory election maps under article 2 of the Voting Rights Act (or VRA) can only go forward if the Attorney General of the United States joins the suit. A staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union says, “Until today, no court had ever questioned that private individuals may enforce their rights under the VRA.”    Visit The Hill to learn moreImage Credit:

In the wake of yet another defeat for voting rights legislation at the hands of Republicans in the United States Senate, US Representative Jim Clyburn (D-SC-6), the House Majority Whip, is publicly encouraging President Biden to draft executive actions, if necessary, in order to demonstrate political progress to voters before the 2022 midterms. Clyburn, generally regarded to be the most powerful African-American lawmaker in the House, cited President Lincoln’s unilateral issue of the Emancipation Proclamation and President Truman’s desegregation of the US Armed Forces