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VOTING RIGHTS
NEWS & ANALYSIS
Wednesday

February 12, 2020
TOP STORIES
Senate GOP blocks three election security bills (The Hill): “Democrats tried to get consent to pass two bills that require campaigns to alert the FBI and Federal Election Commission (FEC) about foreign offers of assistance, as well as legislation to provide more election funding and ban voting machines from being connected to the internet.”

Why is Trump peddling a discredited voter-fraud theory about NH? (MSNBC): “The problem with Trump's New Hampshire voter-fraud conspiracy theory isn't its inanity; it's what he intends to do about it.”

Federal judge rejects North Dakota's request to dismiss tribal lawsuit over voter ID rule (Williston Herald): “The Spirit Lake Nation and the Standing Rock Sioux, as well as six individual Native American plaintiffs, have a right to challenge the state’s requirement that voters have ID with a provable street address, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland wrote in his order.”

L.A. is radically altering the way we vote. Get ready for big changes, possible problems (L.A. Times): “As next month’s presidential primary election approaches, officials are putting the finishing touches on a $300-million overhaul of a system that hasn’t had major upgrades in decades.”

Legal Ruling May Force Georgia Gov. To Reveal How He 'Stole' Election From Stacey Abrams (Essence)
 
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STATE NEWS
Arizona

Opinion: Attorney General Mark Brnovich fights to uphold Arizona's voter suppression law
AZ Central - Feb. 12

California

As the Registration Deadline Looms, Officials Warn of Voting Rights Misconceptions
North Coast Journal - Feb. 11

A California lawmaker wants to punish registered voters who don't cast a ballot
CNN - Feb. 11

Florida

Florida asks federal court to continue blocking felons from voting
Orlando Weekly - Feb. 12

Georgia

Activists gather to push to restore Georgia felons’ voting rights
AJC - Feb. 11

Iowa

Editorial: An impossible burden
Quad Cities Dispatch Argus - Feb. 12

Michigan

SOS Jocelyn Benson supports online voter registration, favors paper ballots
Michigan Radio - Feb. 11

Minnesota

ACLU-MN sues Minnesota, claims state voting laws violate federal Voting Rights Act
Grand Forks Herald - Feb. 11

Mississippi

Turner-Ford introduces bill to restore voting rights to certain felons
Starkville Daily News - Feb. 11

Missouri

Missouri bills would restore voting rights to 60,000 former inmates
KSDK - Feb. 12

New Mexico

Bill aims to address Native American voter disenfranchisement
Durango Herald - Feb. 11

Virginia

House Democrats vote to remove Virginia's photo ID requirement for voting 
WHSV - Feb. 11

VCU’s next Common Book analyzes voter suppression ahead of 2020 presidential election
Commonwealth Times - Feb. 11
 
 
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