With preparation time running short, Connecticut, Kentucky, and South Carolina recently expanded access to absentee ballot requests, as court challenges play out in Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas around vote-by-mail during the pandemic.
Organizers working to gather petition signatures seek to protect public health and safety while qualifying for the November ballot.
The bills McConnell is blocking would subject the voting machine vendors to new cybersecurity regulations and could reduce their overall sales to states.
In the wake of the New York Assembly’s surprise punt on creating a public campaign finance system, a new report highlights the extent to which Assembly leaders rely on corporations and out-of-district donors to fund their campaigns.
The bill now heads to to Gov. Snyder for his signature or veto.
The bill comes as Michigan’s Secretary of State-elect has pledged to increase transparency of dark money
A coalition including national money-in-politics groups Every Voice and the public policy organization Demos, as well as good-government groups Reinvent Albany and major labor unions, rallied last week in support of a ballot initiative that seeks to strengthen New York City's campaign finance system.
Meanwhile, six people from outside of South Dakota account for $150,000 of the roughly $400,000 that the support campaign raised.
Councilmember Carlos Menchaca's legislative push was inspired by a Sludge investigation in July that discovered ongoing NYC government contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Efforts to limit the courts' role in creating district maps come as 2020 redistricting looms.