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Virginia Democrats Enact Four New Voting Expansion Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed new legislation to expand voting access in Virginia. The bills, passed by the Democratic-majority legislature, are the latest push by leaders in the state to expand ballot access as Republicans across the country push to suppress their constituents’ votes.

Senate Democrats To Hold Field Hearing on Voting Rights in Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Rules Committee will head to Georgia next month to hold their first field hearing in 20 years. The hearing will focus on “recently enacted legislation to restrict voting in the state and the need for basic federal standards to protect the freedom to vote,” according to a statement from the Senate Rules Committee Chair Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Connecticut Restores Voting Rights for Citizens on Parole

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signed the new Connecticut state budget into law on Wednesday, including a provision restoring the right to vote to citizens on parole. Senate Bill 1202, the bill implementing the state budget, revises a previous statute that requires those convicted of felonies to finish their parole before they are once again allowed to vote.

900 Political Scientists Call on Congress to Pass the For the People Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over 900 political scientists signed a letter on Tuesday urging the Senate to pass the For the People Act. The letter, spearheaded by professors at UCLA, Stanford, Berkeley and the University of Washington, warned that American democracy is facing a crisis and that legislative action is desperately needed to protect the right to vote.

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