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Decline in federal grant funding for local elections criticized by advocates

The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last week includes $75 million in Help America Vote Act grants — a major reduction compared to years past, and experts say the amount is insufficient to fund local elections and leaves local election offices without resources.... Read more»

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Voting rights tops Senate agenda as Jan. 6 anniversary nears

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday stressed that Democrats are prepared to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation — and linked the move to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. ... Read more»

Challenges to the Voting Rights Act are far from over

When the U.S. Supreme Court decided an important Arizona voting rights case earlier this year, its ruling made it more difficult for voters to challenge restrictive state voting laws - now, the state of Texas is attempting to hobble what remains of the Voting Rights Act. ... Read more»

When your criminal case Is dopped, but your mugshot lives forever

As the country debates the path forward for criminal justice reform, the practice of running digital mugshot galleries of arrestees, and the long-lasting harm caused by law enforcement agencies’ practice of publishing booking mugshots online, has largely flown under the radar.... Read more»

Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona 'audit'

Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, was asked to testify about the Arizona 'audit' by the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee. He is refusing to participate.... Read more»

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate.... Read more»

U.S. Senate to try again on voting rights in September after Cruz blocks debate attempt

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate for a vote when the chamber returns next month after Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blocked an attempt to advance the “For the People Act” for Senate debate.... Read more»

Damage done: Arizona 'audit' leader’s testimony sets off nationwide wave of misinformation

Though Doug Logan, the leader of Arizona’s 'audit' team and the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, never said that 74,000 votes were illegally cast or improperly counted, people are falsely claiming the 'audit' showed that tens of thousands of illegitimate votes were counted in Maricopa County.... Read more»

Justice Dep't to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws

The Department of Justice announced that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights, as Republicans in state legislatures introduce and pass restrictive voting laws, such as limiting ballot boxes and requiring voter identification.... Read more»

Arizona’s election auditors are 'making it up as they go,' expert observers say

Observers sent by the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to the Senate’s audit of the Maricopa County election shared concerns with reporters Wednesday saying that auditors are making up procedures as they go and that security issues continue to be a concern. ... Read more»

Az Senate President Fann tells DOJ she scrapped 'audit' plans to canvass voters

Senate President Karen Fann has halted plans for a controversial provision of her election 'audit' that called for auditors to knock on voters’ doors to confirm voter registration information, she informed the U.S. Department of Justice.... Read more»

Arizona near top of states for bills aimed at voting rights, limits

Arizona lawmakers, who began the year with one of the highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, are winding down a legislative session in which it appears only a few of those bills will survive. ... Read more»

Critics blast Arizona bill that would purge names from list of mail-in voters

Voting rights advocates and Arizona Democrats on Wednesday denounced a bill that would remove voters from the Permanent Early Voting List, calling it an attempt to disenfranchise up to 150,000 voters, particularly those of color. ... Read more»

Proposed restrictions would make voting harder for Arizona’s tribal communities

Native American voters helped secure President Joe Biden’s narrow win in 2020, but Republican-backed proposals at the state legislature to restrict voting access could make the challenges tribal voters overcame last year even more daunting in 2022. ... Read more»

Arizona leads nation in proposals to suppress votes, groups say

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, Arizona leads the nation in “proposed voter suppression legislation in 2021.” Arizona community organizations and voting rights groups have identified approximately 40 bills introduced by Republican lawmakers that would make it harder for voters to cast their ballot.... Read more»

With clock ticking – Az lagging – Census court fight continues

A see-saw legal battle over the 2020 Census continued Friday, with the government pushing to end the count in just five days while local governments, including two Arizona tribes, hoped to extend it to Oct. 31.... Read more»

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