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Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act Introduced

by Maya Efrati, Drew Penrose

In 2013, the Supreme Court nullified a much-needed part of the VRA in Shelby County v. Holder. Today, the Voting Rights Advancement Act was reintroduced in Congress. The bill would restore Section 5 of the VRA, establishing a new formula for determining which states would be covered.

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Massachusetts Democrats Back RCV At State Convention

by Shashank Vura

On Saturday, the Massachusetts Democratic Party adopted a new platform, including an amendment supporting ranked choice voting. This echoes a long history of support for ranked choice voting in the state.

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Illinois Legislature Unanimously Passes Automatic Voter Registration

by Maya Efrati

Today, the Illinois state house of representatives passed a bill for automatic voter registration 115 to 0. That follows a vote of the state senate where it passed 48 to 0. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature, which will make Illinois the ninth state to adopt automatic voter registration.

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