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Partisan maps hurt children, liberal group says in pushing for a campaign issue

Legislative lines drawn by politicians focused on preserving their power get criticized mainly for skewing election outcomes and disenfranchising voters. But they are also having a lasting impact on the education and health care of the next generation.

That's the conclusion of a report released Thursday by a prominent progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, which maintains that partisan gerrymandering a decade ago by Republicans in four battleground states has limited the availability of child care, education and other family support programs.

The study — which echoes similar CAP reports in recent months arguing that more gun control measures and Medicaid expansions would have been enacted in recent years but for aggressive GOP mapmaking — is part of the wave of efforts to make partisan gerrymandering an election issue this year.

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South Carolina voters who want to cast an absentee ballot will not be required to get a witness to sign their ballots, a judge has ruled.

Absentee voting rights push yields a partial win — and three new suits

Advocates for easing restrictions on absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic have won a split decision in federal court in South Carolina.

A judge on Monday barred the state from requiring a witness signature on mail-in ballots for the congressional and legislative primaries in two weeks, but she said the state could require those ballots to arrive by the time the polls close.

The ruling was the most important news over the holiday weekend for the cause of easier voting this year, which also brought fresh lawsuits challenging a diverse set of rules in North Carolina, Michigan and New York. These are the latest developments:

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VoteSafe Virtual Town Hall

Organizer: Voters Not Politicians

Voters Not Politicians launched the VoteSafe campaign to protect public health and the integrity of our elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The VoteSafe campaign will build upon Michigan's no-reason absentee voting laws to ensure that this global health crisis does not become a democracy crisis in Michigan. By automatically mailing every registered voter a ballot, our lawmakers can make sure that all voters can cast their vote and make their voices heard without endangering their health or the health of their communities.

Location: Virtual

VoteSafe Virtual Town Hall

Organizer: Voters Not Politicians

Voters Not Politicians launched the VoteSafe campaign to protect public health and the integrity of our elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The VoteSafe campaign will build upon Michigan's no-reason absentee voting laws to ensure that this global health crisis does not become a democracy crisis in Michigan. By automatically mailing every registered voter a ballot, our lawmakers can make sure that all voters can cast their vote and make their voices heard without endangering their health or the health of their communities.

Location: Virtual

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