Voting Access

COMMENTARY

Denying systemic racism exists and enacting racist policies go hand-in-hand | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 16, 2021

As the Louisiana House argued this past session about whether systemic racism even exists, there was a one-on-one debate on the Senate floor between Sen. Barrow Peacock (R- Shreveport) and Sen. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) on whether people convicted of gun crimes as juveniles should have those records used against them if they’re caught in possession […]

Election Plan Kyle Ardoin

Louisiana’s Election Integrity Commission folds after two meetings

BY: - July 15, 2021

After holding just two organizational meetings since it was founded this year in response to baseless allegations of voter fraud, the Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting was suspended on Thursday. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin made the announcement in a news release, thanking the members for their service and saying he needs to […]

‘The Big lie is just that, a big lie’: In Philly, Biden calls for concerted effort to fight assaults on voting rights

BY: , and - July 14, 2021

PHILADELPHIA — Returning to the state that handed him the White House, President Joe Biden made a passionate plea Tuesday for Americans to rise up and protect their voting rights from a series of restrictive measures pushed by Republicans in Washington and in state capitols nationwide.    “It’s up to all of us to protect that […]

La. Democrats ignoring Cancer Alley

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

BY: - July 13, 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,” […]

VP Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access. The move comes after Democrats have been stymied in their attempts to enact a national election overhaul […]

Supreme Court upholds Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ ban, in setback for voting rights law

BY: - July 2, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s ban on third-party ballot collections, reversing the 9th Circuit’s ruling last year that the prohibition violated the Voting Rights Act and raising the bar on future voting rights lawsuits. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s 2016 law doesn’t violate Section 2 of the […]

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting.  The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, (R-La.), said that the legislation is not needed and that the […]

U.S. Justice Dept. suit says new Georgia voting law rules violate rights

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal lawsuit is the latest in a series of challenges […]

Louisiana Legislature passes bill to prohibit election donations

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure, S.1, titled the For the People Act, did not reach the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster and advance. […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards expresses support for Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis

BY: - June 16, 2021

On his first radio show after the 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he had signed a bill increasing the number of days Louisianians will have to vote in presidential elections.  The governor also said the delay in Census numbers means that a special legislative session for congressional redistricting won’t happen […]

Justice Department to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws

BY: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement came as Republicans in state legislatures introduce and pass restrictive voting laws, such as limiting ballot boxes and requiring voter identification. “We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

Gov. Edwards vetoes La. Legislature’s bill opposing election grants — again

BY: - June 8, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill Monday that would have prohibited state and local election officials from receiving grants or donations from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses. House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), was Republican lawmakers’ second attempt in as many legislative sessions to prohibit local officials […]