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VOTING RIGHTS

A group of more than 30 DFL lawmakers gathered for a Capitol press conference to announce the formation of a new legislative caucus focused on voting and “defending democracy.”
DFL leaders on Wednesday started to reveal a little more about their plans.
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Voter turnout was down 4% in Minnesota and 6% nationwide in the Nov. 8 election when compared to the 2018 midterm.

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Though Minnesota law already requires employers provide employees a paid opportunity to vote, U.S. lawmakers are hoping to implement the same concept nationwide.
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This year’s contest between Democratic-Farmer-Labor incumbent Steve Simon, who has held the office since 2014, and Republican-endorsed challenger Kim Crockett has seen record levels of fundraising.
The draft's legal reasoning, if adopted by the court when it issues its eventual ruling by the end of June, could threaten other rights that Americans take for granted in their personal lives.
Eight known attempts to gain unauthorized access to voting systems in five U.S. states since the 2020 election involved local Republican officeholders or party activists who have advanced Trump’s stolen-election falsehoods or conspiracy theories about rigged voting machines.
There are nearly 90 state supreme court seats on the ballot nationally this year, and control of the top courts in Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan and Illinois are all in play.

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With so many elections predetermined before a ballot is cast, voters — particularly in the minority party — can feel effectively disenfranchised.
Biden and most fellow Democrats have ratcheted up their campaign to pass voting-rights legislation after spending much of his first year in office debating spending bills focused on COVID-19 relief, infrastructure and social safety net programs.
Supporters say it forces lawmakers to seek consensus, serves as important check on the party in power and ensures that major laws that affect American life don't change radically with every election.

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