Article: Pennsylvania Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment to Require Voter ID For All Ballots

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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment to Require Voter ID For All Ballots

The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would amend the state constitution to require that voters present identification each time they cast a ballot.

The measure, SB735, passed in a 30-20 vote, mostly along partisan lines. The proposal was backed by all Republicans and a single Democrat.

Currently, state voters are only required to present identification the first time they vote at a polling station. The measure would require some form of verification every time a ballot is cast, including when voting by mail. It also proposes amending the voting age in the Pennsylvania Constitution from 21 to 18, making it consistent the U.S. Constitution.

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Article: Arizona House Republicans Pass Two Major Election Bills

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Arizona House Republicans Pass Two Major Election Bills

Arizona was arguably one of the most important states in the 2020 presidential election.Even seven months later, a battle is on to audit and examine just what went on in November in the battleground state.

The Republican legislature of the state never wants that to happen again and they just made a big move.

The Arizona House passed two bills aimed at securing their elections.

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Article: Pennsylvania House Passes Election Integrity Bill: ‘The System Does Not Work’

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Pennsylvania House Passes Election Integrity Bill: ‘The System Does Not Work’

The Pennsylvania state House on Tuesday night approved a Republican-backed election reform bill that would include a requirement that voters present identification, among other measures relating to polls, audits, and procedures.

The bill passed mostly along partisan lines, with most Republicans supporting the measure and nearly all Democrats opposing it. The bill heads to the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.

Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf has said several times that he will veto any election-related bill. On Tuesday, Wolf wrote on Twitter that he wouldn’t sign the measure, saying, “I will veto this bill if it reaches my desk in its current form.”

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Article: Mitch McConnell: Democrats Want to ‘Rig the Rules of American Elections Permanently’ in Their Favor

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Mitch McConnell: Democrats Want to ‘Rig the Rules of American Elections Permanently’ in Their Favor

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday torched the Democrats’ election takeover bill on the Senate floor as a purely “partisan power grab” by the left “to rig the rules of American elections permanently” in their favor.

As the Senate looks to vote on the Democrats’ election bill this week, McConnell took to the Senate floor to explain what the Democrats are trying to accomplish with their radical agenda. “Senate Democrats entered June with an agenda that was designed to fail. The Democratic leader planned votes on a host of the left’s most radical priorities,” McConnell said.

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Article: Texas Passes Major Voting Bill Before Cutting Off Legislative Funding After Democrat Walkout

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Texas Passes Major Voting Bill Before Cutting Off Legislative Funding After Democrat Walkout

A battle is being waged for the future of democracy in the United States and some courageous Republicans, like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, are at the front lines in the fight to stop Democrats from making our voting process a joke.

On Wednesday the governor signed a bill into law in his state that would place restrictions on addresses that can be used for voting to prevent ineligible voters from illegally voting in the state. But the progressive leaning Democracy Docket was not happy about it.

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Article: Senator Makes 3 Big Revisions to Democrats’ Massive Voting Act

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Senator Makes 3 Big Revisions to Democrats’ Massive Voting Act

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia outlined a list of policy demands on election legislation, adding to a compromise several provisions that have historically been opposed by Democrats.

The three-page memo circulated by Manchin’s office suggests that the Democrat is willing to support key provisions of the For the People Act, House Resolution 1, that passed the House in March, The Washington Post reported.

The bill includes provisions mandating at least two weeks of early voting and measures to eliminate partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, among other things.

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Article: Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Eliminate Voting Lines Longer Than 30 Minutes

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Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Eliminate Voting Lines Longer Than 30 Minutes

Two Senate Democrats introduced a measure that would seek to ensure that voters don’t have to wait more than 30 minutes at polling locations.

The proposed “People Over Long Lines Act,” or POLL, introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), would mandate the Election Assistance Commission to conduct audits to see how long voters have to wait in line to cast their ballot. Some $500 million would be included to help states deal with long lines, according to the senators.

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Article: Michigan Senate Passes Legislation to Add Voter ID Requirements: ‘Overwhelmingly Popular’

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Michigan Senate Passes Legislation to Add Voter ID Requirements: ‘Overwhelmingly Popular’

Michigan’s Republican-led Senate on June 16 passed several bills that, if signed into law, would implement more voter identification requirements for in-person voters and absentee voters, adding Michigan to a growing list of states pursuing more stringent election measures.

All Senate Republicans voted in favor of the three bills, while every Senate Democrat opposed them.

Current law stipulates that Michigan residents who don’t have photo identification when they vote in person can still cast their ballot if they sign an affidavit at their designated polling location. More than 11,000 individuals cast ballots this way during the Nov. 3 election, according to election officials.

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Article: GOP lawmaker appeals to Wolf for election reform deal

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GOP lawmaker appeals to Wolf for election reform deal

Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, made another public appeal to Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday to reach a deal on election reform. 

Grove, chair of the House State Government Committee, said the governor’s office went silent after an April 23 commitment to form a working group that would help craft the final bill. His proposed measure, House Bill 1300, would implement early in-person voting, pre-canvassing, curbside voting, monitored drop boxes, signature verification and uniform ballot curing rules – all policies that have generated bipartisan support in the past.

However, a provision that expands the state’s voter identification law – a top priority for Republicans hoping to boost election security – is a nonstarter for Wolf and Democrats.

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Article: Factbox: Republicans erect voting barriers across a number of politically crucial U.S. states

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Factbox: Republicans erect voting barriers across a number of politically crucial U.S. states

Republican lawmakers in a number of politically significant states have passed a wave of new voting requirements and limits this year, saying the measures are needed to curb voter fraud, despite scant evidence of it in the United States.

Backers of the measures cite Republican former President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that fraud underlay his decisive presidential election loss to Democrat Joe Biden in November. Democrats and voting rights advocates have sued state officials over the new laws, denouncing the efforts as partisan power grabs that will disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color.

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Article: Demings proposes expanding early voting drop boxes, taking on Florida’s new voting law

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Demings proposes expanding early voting drop boxes, taking on Florida’s new voting law

U.S. Rep. Val Demings wants Congress to undo some of the changes to early voting in Florida that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law this year.

Demings, an Orlando Democrat, introduced a bill on Tuesday that requires every county in America to operate a drop box where voters can turn in early ballots for the 45 days before an election. Counties would have to install one drop box for every 20,000 registered voters and make them accessible 24 hours a day.

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