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K. Sabeel Rahman is the new senior counselor for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Biden taps second voting rights leader to join administration

Demos, a liberal think tank fighting racial inequality on the voting rights and economic fronts, is losing its president to the Biden administration.

K. Sabeel Rahman, who has led Demos for the past two and a half years, was named senior counselor at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which falls within the Office of Management and Budget. The appointment, which Demos announced Tuesday, follows on the heels of Kristen Clarke's planned departure from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law once confirmed as assistant attorney general for civil rights.

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What's next for U.S. democracy after the president's stress test?

In another assessment of the 2020 vote so far, Election Dissection sat down with Laura Williamson, who works on voting rights and democracy at Demos. We spoke about President Trump's election night remarks as a stress test for the United States. Williamson had plenty to say about the state of the elections and some things that need fixing after the votes are finally counted.

What was your reaction to the president?

The president's remarks and actions are a test of our ability to show up, as a people, to mass mobilize and resist his authoritarian calls to end the counting. The basis of our democracy is that we pick our leaders. It's not the president or the courts that choose. So it's a test of our ability as a people to resist what is so clearly an anti-democratic attack.

And Americans are rising to the test. We're seeing masses of people calling for every vote to be counted. They're showing up and exercising their political power. We flexed our political power one way, by voting before or on Election Day. Now we're exercising it again in a different way — showing up in the streets and demanding every eligible vote is counted.

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Spanish ballots mandated for much of Florida

Voters in almost half of Florida must have access to Spanish-language ballots in time for the 2020 presidential primary next March, a federal judge has ruled.

District Judge Mark Walker on Friday ordered state election officials to offer election materials and assistance to the growing Spanish-speaking population in the nation's most populous politically competitive state. In a close contest at a critical juncture in the primary Democratic season, a bigger turnout by Latinos (who find their access to the ballot box has been made easier) could prove decisive in propelling one candidate toward the nomination.

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