The Latest in Voting Rights in the States

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Always assume that your voting rights are under attack. The best way to counteract it is to pay attention and also be on the offensive. Here’s what’s going on in a handful of states–some of it is good news, and some of it isn’t.

Delaware

The state legislature has approved a measure to change its Constitution to allow no-excuse absentee ballots. The measure just has to survive one more round of voting following the 2020 elections to take effect.

Massachusetts

Voting rights activists, backed by both the state Attorney General and Secretary of State, are mounting a big push to get a same-day registration bill passed in the legislature.

Missouri

The GOP-led legislature will put forward a ballot measure to ask the voters to repeal part of the fair redistricting system they approved two years ago.

New York

A judge has ordered the state to provide “inactive voter” lists at polling sites, finding that a refusal to do so violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

North Carolina

A federal judge ruled that the state’s voter ID law will not take effect and was created with “racially discriminatory intent.”

North Dakota

The Republican governor has approved rules to make it easier for Native Americans to cast a provisional ballot and ensure that it will be counted, by giving Native tribal officials the authority to work with local election boards.

Oklahoma

Although the state legislature currently has the power to redraw district lines, the Oklahoma Supreme Court recently heard arguments to challenge that power. The Supreme Court rejected the proposal but on grounds that allow for the supporters of the initiative to make a few changes and try again.

South Dakota

The GOP-led state House voted to disallow Native Americans from using their tribal ID cards to register to vote.

Utah

The Republican led legislature is working through the final hurdles for the state to conduct all of its election exclusively with mailed ballots.

Virginia

Yesterday, the state House (which flipped to a Democratic majority after the 2019 elections) voted to allow same-day registration on Election Day.

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