RECENT REPORTS

DECEMBER UPDATE: A Tale of Two Democracies

The Voting Rights Lab made critical updates to its report, A Tale of Two Democracies, first released in June and updated in September, demonstrating how a wave of state legislation on voting rights and election administration is transforming our democracy, creating a...

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Three Takeaways from the 2021 Elections

This year, expanded voter access in Virginia resulted in record turnout for an off-cycle election. Both Democrats and Republicans turned out in higher numbers than in 2017, the last gubernatorial election year, and a Republican victory refutes the claim that expanded...

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Movement Victories: Stopping the Bad and Highlighting the Good

As we wrap up the 2021 legislative sessions in most states, let’s take stock of our movement’s victories. Voting rights advocates and organizers successfully ensured that some of the most restrictive policies failed. They also moved forward reforms across the country...

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The Freedom to Vote Act: National Context

Among its provisions, the Freedom to Vote Act would create nationwide standards for early voting, mail voting, voting restoration, voter identification, and voter registration. Below is a summary of how each of these provisions would change existing state law across...

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The Potential Impact of H.R. 4

On August 24, the House passed H.R. 4,  also known as the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This federal legislation would require states and jurisdictions to obtain certification, or “preclearance” before making changes to election procedures in...

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On a Federal Voter ID Law, the Devil is in the Details

In proposing a compromise package for federal voting legislation, Senator Joe Manchin recently released a framework that includes two weeks of early voting, automatic voter registration, a ban on partisan gerrymandering, and a first-ever national voter ID law among...

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