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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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Fight over purging vs. accuracy of voter rolls arrives in battleground Pa.

Two prominent voting rights groups are attempting to formally intervene so they can fight a Pennsylvania lawsuit that threatens thousands of names on the voter rolls in that marquee battleground state.

The suit filed two weeks ago by Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group, maintains the state and three bellwether counties are not following federal law requiring regular maintenance to cull registration rosters of people who have moved, died or are no longer eligible to vote for some other reason.

It is the latest skirmish over voter rolls that could alter the course of the 2020 election. Republicans argue that properly maintaining the lists is not only a federal mandate but also helps prevent election fraud. Democrats generally oppose these efforts, which they say are too often partisan crusades to suppress the vote and end up improperly disenfranchising eligible voters.

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Pennsylvania primary

Pennsylvania holds its presidential and state primary elections (postponed from April 28).

Vote Safe in 2020: OH & PA Election Plans for COVID-19

Organizer: Business for America

Please join us for a nationwide webinar on the importance of protecting voters' health with secure voting by mail and safe in-person voting — and how the business community can help make it happen.

We'll learn how Ohio and Pennsylvania, both swing states, are expanding access to vote-by-mail systems and keeping voters safe in the 2020 Elections. We'll also discuss the popularity and effectiveness of mail-in ballot options across the country.

We're pleased to be joined by:

  • Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R)
  • Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D)
  • Amber McReynolds, CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute
  • Corley Kenna, Director, Global Communications & Public Relations at Patagonia
Location: Webinar
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