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GOP advances Arizona election bill criticized by businesses

Apr. 20, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans on Tuesday advanced an election bill that's drawn fierce opposition from voting rights advocates, Democrats and prominent business executives who say it would disenfranchise voters of color. The measure passed the House in a party-line...

Democrats point to Georgia in push for new elections law

Apr. 20, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are spotlighting Georgia as they build their case for a broad overhaul of U.S. election law, arguing the new voting rules in the state are emblematic of Republican measures across the country that threaten access to the polls. A Senate...

SC House panel calls for US constitutional convention

Apr. 20, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A House committee approved a bill Tuesday that would add South Carolina to a list of states calling for a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The 14-8 vote in the House Judiciary Committee came after arguments from Black...

Montana Democratic Party challenges changes to voter ID laws

Apr. 20, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Democratic Party has asked a judge to overturn a law that ends Election Day voter registration and another that requires college students to provide other proof of residency besides a student ID to register and vote. In the lawsuit filed...

Florida Republicans barrel ahead with rewriting voting rules

Apr. 20, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrats, voting rights advocates and the county officials responsible for running elections in Florida appeared powerless to halt moves by Republican lawmakers Tuesday to tighten the ways in which citizens can cast ballots. As Florida gears up...

GOP-backed overhaul of Ohio voting laws nearing release

Apr. 20, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A significant rewrite of Ohio's election laws is under way that could reduce early voting days and prohibit ballot drop boxes while also adding conveniences like online mail-in ballot requests, the bill's sponsor said this week. State Rep. Bill...

Nashville civil rights veterans see hope for future

Apr. 20, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On April 20, 1960, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood at a podium at Fisk University and said he had come to Nashville “not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community.” ...

Groups plan effort for Mississippi voting rights restoration

Apr. 19, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three groups will sponsor an initiative to try to simplify the way Mississippi restores voting rights to people convicted of some felonies, a person involved with the effort said Monday. Danyelle Holmes, a national organizer with the Mississippi...

Georgia's Abrams navigates voting law fight with eye on 2022

Apr. 19, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden called Georgia's new voting law an “atrocity.” A leading Black bishop called for a national boycott of companies headquartered in the state. But when Stacey Abrams, the state’s well-known voting rights advocate, is asked about the law that has set...

Faith leaders across US join in decrying voting restrictions

Apr. 18, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

In Georgia, faith leaders are asking corporate executives to condemn laws restricting voting access — or face a boycott. In Arizona and Texas, clergy have assembled outside the state capitols to decry what they view as voter-suppression measures targeting Black and Hispanic people. ...