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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans intend to block the For the People Act.

Survey finds bipartisan support for HR 1, especially some of its components

While congressional Republicans remain overwhelmingly, if not unanimously, opposed to the For the People Act, a new survey found strong bipartisan backing for the wide-ranging bill that would set new standards for elections.

The survey — conducted by Data for Progress, a progressive think tank and polling firm, for Vox — found that 69 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat support the bill when told it would "make it easier to vote, limit the influence of money in politics, and require congressional districts to be drawn by a non-partisan commission so that no one party has an advantage." That breaks down as 85 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of independents and 52 percent of Republicans. (Note that voter ID and so-called ballot harvesting, among the most partisan elements of election administration, were not mentioned.)

No Republican voted in favor of the bill, also known as HR 1, when Democrats pushed it through the House of Representatives, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans have vowed to block its passage in the Senate. Republicans say the legislation would damage election security while Democrats claim it would make elections more fair.

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The bill to restore voting rights to former felons now awaits Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's signature.

Washington will be 20th state where felons can vote right after prison

Washington is poised to become the latest state to expand the voting rights of formerly incarcerated felons.

The state Senate on Wednesday voted 27-22 to approve a bill that would restore voting rights to 20,000 felons on probation and parole. The state House passed the bill last month, so it now heads to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who is expected to sign it. At that point, Washington will join 19 other states in automatically restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions upon release from prison.

Returning the ballot to ex-convicts, who are disproportionately Black and Latino, is a cause that's generated a steady string of victories even as legislation to limit minority voting rights has gained traction nationally. The developments in Olympia come a week after Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam used an executive order restoring the franchise to 69,000 felons in Virginia and anyone released from prison in the future.

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Protecting robust voting rights laws requires robust army of voting rights lawyers

Baker is the executive director of We The Action, a nonprofit that connects progressive advocacy organizations with attorneys who are willing to volunteer their legal expertise.

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