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House Democrats Introduce John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) formally introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4). From a press conference in Selma, standing in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Rep. Sewell introduced the bill named after the civil rights giant, which would restore vital provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and has 190 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.

Ohio Republicans Introduce Bill to Ban Counting of Drop Box Ballots

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives introduced a new bill last Thursday that would revise the state’s election laws and impose new barriers on voting. The bill, House Bill 387, would require all voters to register to vote in person, eliminate no-excuse absentee voting, limit the forms of acceptable photo ID, shorten the state’s early voting period and ban mail ballots returned via drop box from being counted, among other provisions.

Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Voter Suppression Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Tony Evers (D) vetoed bills on Tuesday that would have limited absentee voting options in Wisconsin. The legislation, which was sent to his desk by the Republican-controlled Legislature, would require all absentee voters to provide photo ID when voting. It would also impose new ID requirements for “indefinitely confined” voters, or voters who cannot get to the polls themselves.

New Hampshire Enacts Law to Photograph Registering Voters

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed a bill into law this month that would require voters who do not have an ID to have their photo taken when registering to vote on Election Day. House Bill 523 passed the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Legislature in April, one of many voter suppression bills that Republicans have been working to advance in the Granite State.

Maine Enacts Online Voter Registration Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democrats in Maine have enacted a new law that will allow residents to register to vote online for the first time in 2023. The change was proposed by Democrats in the state legislature, where they hold a majority, and signed into law by Gov. Janet Mills (D) last week.

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