voting rights

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Georgia and other Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other […]

Federal lawsuits challenging Georgia’s new voting law now face long odds

BY: - July 25, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups suing to overturn Georgia’s new election law have an arduous road ahead to show how it disparately harms minorities after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision sets what legal experts say is a nearly impossible standard to overcome. Eight federal lawsuits are pending that challenge Georgia’s sweeping […]

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson arrested at Capitol Hill voting rights protest

BY: - July 22, 2021

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson was arrested Thursday during a protest over voting rights, making him the second lawmaker arrested on Capitol Hill this month during a demonstration. Johnson was arrested outside of the Hart Senate Office Building. Video clips taken by an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter and posted to Twitter showed the congressman holding a “Black Voters […]

Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law

BY: - July 19, 2021

If the rules in Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting overhaul were in place before last November’s historic U.S. Senate races were pushed to Jan. 5 runoffs, then 76,000 residents who cast their ballots would’ve been unable to register in time for the second round. A U.S. Senate committee gathered in downtown Atlanta Monday to hear how […]

Anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, end filibuster

BY: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The anti-poverty campaign, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping “For the People Act,” an […]

Federal judge declines to halt parts of Georgia’s new election law – for now

BY: - July 7, 2021

A federal judge Wednesday denied a push to stop the enforcement of some new Georgia election rules for Tuesday’s two state House runoffs but is leaving open the possibility he could block parts of the law from taking effect in future elections. In Wednesday’s order, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Boulee said he didn’t want […]

Supreme Court ruling on Arizona law could hinder Georgia court challenges

BY: and - July 2, 2021

The U.S Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld provisions in Arizona’s election law because they did not violate the Voting Rights Act could make it more difficult for federal lawsuits challenging Georgia’s voting law to succeed. Election law experts say Thursday’s ruling raises new doubts in most of the eight federal lawsuits alleging Georgia’s new rules […]

New absentee voting rules take effect with full 2021 Georgia election law

BY: - June 30, 2021

Starting today, some of the most heavily scrutinized sections of Georgia’s new voting law go into effect — primarily absentee voting rules that have become the focal points of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit. The federal government’s lawsuit against Georgia on Friday argues that the state’s new election rules that shorten the window to […]

Warnock targets state takeover of local elections with new voting bill

BY: - June 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock introduced legislation this week aimed at circumventing some of the pressure of partisan politics on state elections while also providing more safeguards to insulate local election boards, election workers, and volunteers.    Warnock is the lead sponsor of the new Preventing Election Subversion Act of 2021 that targets provisions of new election […]

Judge weighs request to dismiss Fulton absentee ballot lawsuit

BY: - June 21, 2021

The future of a review of more than 145,000 Fulton County absentee ballots remains up in the air following a court hearing Monday on a request to dismiss the case. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero said he will take time to digest the latest filings after hearing several hours of arguments Monday. Attorneys […]

Conservative Heritage group takes credit for Georgia voting overhaul

BY: - May 14, 2021

The director of the conservative Heritage Action for America claims the lobbying organization played a pivotal role in some of the most controversial provisions in Georgia’s sweeping new voting overhaul. In a leaked video shared with the liberal-leaning magazine Mother Jones, Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson boasted of the organization’s influence over Georgia and […]

State Election Board wrestles with lingering 2020 GOP grievances

BY: - April 28, 2021

Georgia’s State Election Board held its first meeting Wednesday with a new meeting leader replacing the secretary of state and the hours-long meeting served as a sounding board for discredited conspiracy theories alleging fraud in the 2020 elections.  Election Board Vice-Chair Rebecca Sullivan served as the acting chair of the state voting board after a […]