Election Sponsor: National Committee for Voting Integrity

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National Committee for Voting Integrity

The National Committee for Voting Integrity (NCVI) is an EPICproject that brings together experts on voting issues from across the country to promote constructive dialogue among computer scientists, elections administrators, voting rights advocates, policymakers, the media and the public on the best methods for achieving in practice: fair, reliable, secure, accessible, transparent, accurate, accountable, and auditable public elections. In keeping with the goal of public election administration we are working to ensure that election systems preserve the secret ballot, accuracy, privacy, integrity, and the proper tabulation of the voter’s intent regardless of his or her physical condition, language of origin, or literacy ability.

Until 2002, federal standards for voting system technology, which are voluntary, were developed by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and its Office of Election Administration (OEA) with assistance from the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

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Article: The US needs stronger voting rights

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The US needs stronger voting rights

So divided is the US that even the act of voting is itself politicised. Democrats worry about curbs on the free exercise of it in Georgia and other states. Some Republicans are so sure of voter fraud as to doubt the soundness of Donald Trump’s presidential election loss to Joe Biden.

The conservative mistrust is neither new nor invented by Trump. It has been around at least since the jokes about Illinois cows voting for John F Kennedy in 1960. But the age and depth of a grievance does not validate it. Of the threats to US democracy, the reality of reduced access to the vote outweighs the theory of mass abuse of it. (The courts, remember, dismissed the various appeals against November’s results.)

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Article: Elections in Pa.: Directors, county officials describe ‘breaking point,’ need for reform

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Elections in Pa.: Directors, county officials describe ‘breaking point,’ need for reform

Pennsylvania’s election rules remain the same for the 2021 municipal primary, at least for now, despite talks about reform to make it an easier process for both voters and workers.

Meanwhile, election directors and county officials are sharing their frustrations with the process, saying stress levels are “at a breaking point” for those in the profession. Voters will be able to cast a ballot through the mail, if they wish, and the ballot will count as long as it arrives in the local elections office by 8 p.m. May 18.

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Article: 70% of states offer mail and early voting, new report says

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70% of states offer mail and early voting, new report says

A new report examining voting access across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., finds that more than 70% of states offer all voters access to a mail ballot and early voting, while 15 others lag in the methods available to cast a ballot.

The data from the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), provided first to CBS News, shows that 35 states, plus Washington DC, provide the most access. Those states, colored green in the chart below, offer either all mail elections or no-excuse mail voting, along with access to some form of early in-person voting. These states span the political spectrum, including deep-blue states like California, battleground states such as Michigan and Republican strongholds like Wyoming.

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Article: Back Off! Arizona Governor Warns NFL Not To Mess With His State’s Election Bills, Super Bowl

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Back Off! Arizona Governor Warns NFL Not To Mess With His State’s Election Bills, Super Bowl

Calling all sports bullies to back off, Arizona’s governor says they shouldn’t even think about pulling a “Georgia” and blackmailing his state over voting legislation reform. Critics of pending state legislation on election integrity are already starting a drumbeat to remove major sports events from Arizona, just as Major League Baseball did in removing the All-Star Game from Atlanta.

Multiple election reform laws are being debated in the Arizona Legislature, potentially placing the state in the same crosshairs that subjected Georgia to hysterics about “voter suppression.” Gov. Doug Ducey, an Arizona Republican, said he will not be intimidated by any threats from the NFL to remove Super Bowl LVII (in 2023) from State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

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Reform Sponsor: Voter Participation Center (VPC)

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Voter Participation Center (VPC)

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2003 to help members of the New American Majority register and vote. Since then, the organization has helped more than 5.7 million people register and cast ballots.*

Since 2003, the Voter Participation Center has helped 5.7 million voters register and get to the polls. More than 1.5 million were registered during the 2020 election.**

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Article: Nation has Georgia on its mind, but many states are making voting easier

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Nation has Georgia on its mind, but many states are making voting easier

During the waning days of the presidential election, Vermont Democratic state Sen. Cheryl Hooker got a desperate call from one of her constituents: The woman said she had forgotten to sign her name on the absentee ballot, it had been rejected by the town clerk, and she couldn’t fix it.

This was a familiar story around the country, as the pandemic forced voters and election administrators to take a crash course in mail-in voting.

“People make mistakes,” said Hooker, who couldn’t help her constituent at the time. “They don’t sign the outside envelope, or they forget to put their name on it. Their vote would not count.”

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Article: Connecticut has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. Here’s how our voting laws compare to other states.

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Connecticut has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. Here’s how our voting laws compare to other states.

Republicans in Georgia recently passed sweeping new restrictions on voting, including provisions that make it harder to get an absentee ballot and cap the number of early voting days at 19.

That’s 19 more days than Connecticut, which offers zero days of in-person early voting.

And while Georgia’s governor and its legislature erected new barriers to absentee voting, it is still easier to obtain a mail-in ballot there than it is in Connecticut.

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Texas GOP Chair Allen West Champions Election Bills As Opponents Increase Efforts Against Them

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Texas GOP Chair Allen West Champions Election Bills As Opponents Increase Efforts Against Them

Civil rights and community organizations and prominent Texas Democrats are increasing their campaign against two controversial Texas election bills — Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6.

During a rally in Dallas Thursday against the legislation, Jane Hamilton with the Barbara Jordan Leadership Institute said, “Texas has a very long history of voter discrimination against voters of color.”

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Progressive Change Campaign Committee

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Progressive Change Campaign Committee

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org) is a million member grassroots organization building power at the local, state and federal levels.

It engages in electoral work and issue advocacy work — fighting on democracy issues and for economic populist priorities like expanding Social Security, Medicare For All, a Green New Deal, student debt cancellation, and Wall Street reform. PCCC has been a proud supporter of Elizabeth Warren since her first run for Senate and was the first national political organization to endorse her for president in the 2020 election.

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Article: Nation Has Georgia on Its Mind, but Many States Are Making Voting Easier

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Nation Has Georgia on Its Mind, but Many States Are Making Voting Easier

During the waning days of the presidential election, Vermont Democratic state Sen. Cheryl Hooker got a desperate call from one of her constituents: The woman said she had forgotten to sign her name on the absentee ballot, it had been rejected by the town clerk and she couldn’t fix it.

This was a familiar story around the country, as the pandemic forced voters and election administrators to take a crash course in mail-in voting.

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