Voting Access

Task force will study voting rights for Louisiana’s disabled people

Task force will study voting rights for Louisiana’s disabled people

BY: - May 25, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers have commissioned a task force to study the expansion of voting rights for people with disabilities. House Concurrent Resolution 14, sponsored by Rep. Matthew Willard, D-New Orleans, received final passage Monday with a unanimous vote in the Senate.  The task force will examine amenities and procedures currently available for disabled voters and any […]

Louisiana lawmakers target local voting rules with proposed amendment

Louisiana lawmakers target local voting rules with proposed amendment

BY: - May 5, 2022

Local governments in Louisiana would be prohibited from making their own voter registration rules under a constitutional amendment that was advanced Wednesday in the Legislature. House Bill 178, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Villio, R-Kenner, was approved in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee in a 7-5 vote with Rep. Malinda White, an independent from Bogalusa, […]

Louisiana lawmakers target local voting rules with proposed amendment

Disabled people face GOP pushback in bid to study voting access

BY: - April 20, 2022

A proposal to study the voting rights of disabled people to see if improved wheelchair access and other accommodations might be needed encountered heavy pushback from several Louisiana House Republicans on Tuesday.  The proposal ultimately advanced from the House and Governmental Affairs Committee after GOP lawmakers removed language that specified “curbside voting” for disabled people […]

Special redistricting session appears on after 5th Circuit removes stay

Louisiana considers removing political party affiliation for judges’ elections

BY: - April 6, 2022

Louisiana might prohibit political party affiliation from being listed next to judicial candidates on election ballots if legislation from Rep. Kyle Green, D-Marrero, gets passed into law. The Louisiana House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs voted 9-3 Wednesday in favor of Green’s House Bill 206. Democrats and Republicans supported the proposal that now heads […]

Georgia State Senator Sally Harrell

Georgia Republicans pass transgender sports ban in final moments of legislative session

BY: - April 5, 2022

Republicans used a last-minute legislative maneuver to slip language that could lead to banning transgender athletes from playing on girls’ sports teams in public schools into a bill targeting so-called divisive concepts in classrooms.

Task force will study voting rights for Louisiana’s disabled people

Appeals court reverses dismissal of Louisiana election grant lawsuit

BY: - April 1, 2022

A Louisiana appeals court on Wednesday reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that Attorney General Jeff Landry filed against a nonprofit organization that tried to help parish clerks and registrars pay for tents, signage, water and other basic supplies they needed for the 2020 presidential election.  A three judge panel from Louisiana’s 3rd […]

Mississippi State Capitol

9 bills restoring felons’ voting rights pending in Mississippi Senate

BY: - March 28, 2022

The chairman says it is probable that at least some of the suffrage bills will be taken up in his Judiciary B Committee with the intent to send them to the full Senate chamber for consideration.

Texans go to the polls under sweeping new voting restrictions

BY: - March 1, 2022

HOUSTON — With less than two days until Texas’ primary election, Cedric and Myrtis Tatterson sat in a community center gym in Houston to fulfill the training required of them as election judges. Though they have both served as judges in numerous past elections, Tuesday’s primary will be the first since Texas’ Republican-controlled legislature passed […]

Federal judge strikes down Louisiana's congressional redistricting map

When will Gov. John Bel Edwards veto redistricting maps?

BY: - February 28, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has until March 14 to veto redistricting maps the Legislature approved last week, but waiting until the last minute could give lawmakers the convenience of attempting an override during their regular session, which also begins March 14.  Voter advocacy and civil rights groups are calling on Edwards, a Democrat, to reject […]

Louisiana House of Representatives

‘Our generation has failed’: Louisiana lawmakers reflect on 2022 redistricting session

BY: - February 18, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers reflected on their actions over the past two weeks as the Legislature’s redistricting session is expected to end Friday with its Republican majority having defeated every attempt to give the state’s one-third Black population an equivalent one-third share of seats in Congress, the Legislature, on the state school board and on the Louisiana […]

GOP lawmakers thwart proposal for 42% Black congressional district

Louisiana GOP lawmakers thwart proposal for 42% Black congressional district

BY: - February 15, 2022

With Republican lawmakers blocking every attempt to add a second majority-minority Louisiana congressional district, a Democrat offered a compromise Monday. Rep. Marcus Bryant, D-New Iberia, wanted to add more Black residents while maintaining a white majority in one of the state’s five GOP-dominated districts, but his bill was narrowly defeated in committee.  In a 7-8 […]

Sharon Hewitt

Louisiana Senate approves map for Congress without new minority district

BY: - February 8, 2022

Louisiana Senate Republicans approved a redistricting bill Tuesday that proposes new U.S. House boundaries that maintain the status quo of five majority-White and one majority-Black district in Louisiana, despite new Census numbers that show Black residents comprise one-third of the state’s population.