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Sen. Ted Cruz was one of 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 election results, which contributed to his failing grade from the Republican Accountability Project.

Anti-Trump conservatives say half of congressional GOP failed to protect democracy

During the 2020 election, the strength of American democracy was put to the test several times. While democracy ultimately prevailed, many Republicans in Congress failed to support it.

The Republican Accountability Project, an anti-Trump conservative group, released a report this week analyzing how GOP members acted during crucial moments as the election results were being certified. More than half the Republicans in Congress received failing grades for their actions.

This report highlights the current divide in the Republican Party between those who still support former President Donald Trump and those who do not.

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Rally-goers call for all votes to be counted at a Nov. 4 protest in New York.

Most Americans see voting rights as more important than election security

Three in five Americans believe it's more important to ensure that all voters get to vote than it is to make sure nobody who's ineligible casts a ballot, a new poll finds, although there's an enormous partisan split on those priorities.

The same survey, however, revealed a solidly bipartisan degree of confidence among three-quarters of Americans that elections in their own states are being run fairly and securely.

The results, out Tuesday from NBC News, are the latest evidence of the complex and sometimes polarized views the electorate holds about the bedrock institution of democracy.

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The People National Assembly: Seeking Effective Elections

Organizer: The People

This year will mark our 3rd annual (Virtual) National Assembly of The People, and we are excited to bring people from all over the country and political spectrum together to find common ground around our theme of Seeking Effective Elections.

When you think of what it means to have effective elections, what does that look like to you? Is it access? Transparency? Security? Who makes the ballot? The influence of money? Ensuring the effectiveness of our elections is a top priority no matter your perspective, and we believe this is a crucial place for finding that common ground.

The event will not only provide the opportunity for some meaningful conversations and bridge-building, but also to hear from those actively involved in reform, and we will take it one step further with the collective creation of action steps forward towards real system reform.

Location: Virtual

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These 12 bipartisan policies could improve voting for everyone

Much of the efforts to change the way states conduct elections, in the wake of last year's pandemic-era voting, are being done in favor of one major party or the other. Democrats are pushing voting expansions, while Republicans are backing restrictions.

But election reform advocates say it doesn't have to be this way. The Bipartisan Policy Center released a report this week in the hopes of cutting through the partisan noise. The new report details a dozen bipartisan recommendations for improving the voting process moving forward.

While election security experts have repeatedly confirmed that the 2020 election was the most secure in American history, the report says there are still many ways to streamline the voting process, bolster voter confidence and increase election security.

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