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Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 19, 2022 15:52 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 16 The Washington Post on “Martin Luther King, Jr. did not give up. Those fighting for democracy must follow his example”: On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is perhaps more...

Lawsuit says new majority Latino district in WA a 'facade'

Jan. 19, 2022 15:50 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Latino civil rights organization and others filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters' influence. The legal action in the U.S. District Court...

Minimum wage, voting audit ballot drives advance in Michigan

Jan. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of 2022 ballot drives to raise Michigan's minimum wage and conduct another audit of the presidential election cleared a procedural step Wednesday when the state elections board approved summaries to appear atop their petitions. The groups likely...

Push to stop House map carving Nashville has legal obstacles

Jan. 19, 2022 14:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrats and voting rights organizations have blasted Tennessee Republicans for what they say is a brazen effort to dilute the state's Black vote by carving up booming Nashville into three likely GOP-controlled congressional districts. But their legal path for getting the...

Stacey Abrams: Voting rights legislation can be passed

Jan. 19, 2022 14:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams used a Wednesday campaign stop in Atlanta to applaud the push for voting rights in Congress and express support for President Joe Biden. Abrams was noticeably absent from Biden's visit last week to Atlanta, where he called for an end to the filibuster...

Raw Senate debate in fight to end voting bill filibuster

Jan. 19, 2022 13:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators faced off in emotional, raw debate Wednesday on voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy but that's almost certain to be defeated without a filibuster rules change. It's a stunning setback for...

Raffensperger: Georgia buying new voter registration system

Jan. 19, 2022 13:51 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state is buying a new voter registration system for the state's 7 million voters, a move Republican Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday will enhance security and make it easier to retrieve data. The state's current system is nearly a decade old,...

Wisconsin Supreme Court weighs competing redistricting maps

Jan. 19, 2022 13:42 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Wednesday weighed which map they should order enacted to set political boundaries for the next decade in the battleground state, with competing partisan interests arguing why theirs was the best option. The daylong hearing...

Democratic Senate candidate files election lawsuits

Jan. 19, 2022 12:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate filed two lawsuits Tuesday alleged that Wisconsin election officials aren’t keeping all ballots secret and are not properly vetting voting machines. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that candidate Peter...

Voting changes and more in Democrats' broad elections bill

Jan. 19, 2022 11:53 AM EST

The sweeping elections bill being considered by the Senate is about far more than voting. The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act would create national automatic voter registration, allow all voters to cast ballots by mail and weaken voter ID laws. It would ban partisan gerrymandering...