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VOTING RIGHTS
NEWS & ANALYSIS
Monday

March 23, 2020
TOP STORIES
‘It’s a democratic tragedy’: Coronavirus threatens Texas voter registration efforts (Houston Chronicle): “Texas was making record gains getting voters on the rolls. Now the coronavirus threatens to grind that progress to a halt, throwing up major hurdles to Democratic efforts to make the state’s November elections competitive for a change.”

Opinion: People, Not Technology, Failed In The 2020 Iowa Caucuses (Forbes)
 
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CORONAVIRUS ROUNDUP
The coronavirus supercharges vote-by-mail efforts, but barriers remain (Center for Public Integrity): “Expanding vote by mail for November requires careful crafting to preserve ballot access for minority and disabled voters.” Editorial: The 2020 Election Won’t Look Like Any We’ve Seen Before (NY Times): ”Voting by mail is key to ensuring the integrity and accessibility of November’s vote.” People are demanding vote by mail primaries. Change won't be easy. (The American Independent): “All-mail voting is becoming an attractive option as the novel coronavirus makes it dangerous for people to gather in enclosed spaces.”
STATE NEWS
Florida

Grassroots effort sponsored by SPLC protects voting rights for hundreds across South Florida
Southern Poverty Law Center - March 20

New York

Attorney General: let everyone vote by absentee ballot
WWNY - March 22

Ohio

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose proposes pre-paid, statewide mail vote for delayed primary
Cleveland.com - March 22

Could Ohio have an ‘election period’ instead of Election Day?
Columbus Dispatch - March 23

Ohio Voting Rights Groups take Issue with Primary Postponement
Columbus Underground - March 22

Oregon

Oregon's Mail Voting System Gains New Cachet Amidst Coronavirus
OPB - March 23

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania governor, legislative leaders reach deal to postpone 2020 primary for coronavirus
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 22

Opinion: Postponing Pennsylvania’s primary is a mistake
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 23

Texas

Texas Court Upholds Woman’s 5 Year Sentence For Trying To Vote
HuffPost - March 20

Wisconsin

Judge extends deadline for Wisconsin residents to register to vote electronically
CNN - March 21

Virus has election clerks bracing — and disinfecting — for April 7 crowds
Lake Geneva News - March 22

Local leaders warn Wisconsin governor: Voters at risk of coronavirus
Associated Press - March 22
 
SOCIAL SHARES
Please help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, and help your followers tweet at their Members of Congress to pressure them to include elections in the stimulus. 
 
There's also sample tweets publicizing the Leadership Conference coalition sign on letter to Congress on this issue below.
 
Quick retweets:
 
 
Sample tweet:
Congress must take steps NOW to protect our elections. Due to #Covid19-our democracy is at risk! Join us in calling on Senators to include funding for expanded vote-by-mail, early voting & other voting reforms in the stimulus package: https://bit.ly/2J9N1c9 #ProtecttheVoteNow
 


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