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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.

Maine Expands Student ID Options

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a bill into law last week to allow student IDs as valid forms of identification when registering to vote in Maine. House Bill 1575 was advanced by Democrats and adds student IDs from authorized colleges in the state, both public and private, to the short list of acceptable ID forms that voters can use when registering to vote.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) Introduces the POLL Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Ron Wyden (D-O.R.) introduced the People Over Long Lines (POLL) Act in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. The legislation would require state governments to ensure that no voter has to wait more than 30 minutes in order to vote.

Texas Gov. Signs Bill Modifying Residency Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed Senate Bill 1111 on Wednesday. The bill, passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature at the end of their session last month, imposes new limits on what type of addresses voters can use to register to vote and allows county officials to require additional verification if they suspect a voter’s registered address is not where they reside. 

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