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One year gone, but the fight lives on. Civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis died on July 17, 2020.

Over his decades of service, Congressman Lewis called on people to get into good trouble as he fought for equal rights and better voting access for all. Championing voting rights for the Black community was a major issue for Lewis and he inspired many to fight for their right to vote alongside him. RepresentUs reminds us that now more than ever, we must honor John Lewis by protecting the precious right to vote, and get in good trouble.

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All eyes have been on Texas, but there are several other states making changes to their voting laws, too.

The 13 states limiting voting access under the radar

Texas is once again in the voting rights spotlight after GOP lawmakers this weekend revived a bill to tighten the state's election rules.

In May, Democratic lawmakers blocked the first round of voting restrictions by staging a dramatic walkout. But now in the special session, Republicans are getting a second chance to advance their legislative priorities.

And while much of the attention is on Texas, several voting restrictions have gained traction under the radar in 13 other states. RepresentUs, a prominent democracy reform advocacy group, released a report last week highlighting these lesser-known measures that impact more than 35 million voters overall.

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This round of gerrymandering could be worse due to increases in racial segregation in many metro areas, a recent study found.

The U.S. has become more segregated. That could make gerrymandering worse.

As American politics has become more divisive over the past few decades, the country has also become more racially segregated.

More than 80 percent of the large metropolitan areas in the United States were more segregated in 2019 than they were in 1990, according to a new study by the University of California at Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute. Released last week, "The Roots of Structural Racism: Twenty-First Century Racial Residential Segregation in the United States" found that this increased segregation has contributed to poorer life outcomes, especially for people of color.

Areas with more racial segregation also had higher levels of political polarization, the study found. These divisions could play a huge role in how severe this round of gerrymandering is as states will soon redraw election maps for the new decade.

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LaRue writes at Structure Matters. He is a former deputy director of the Eisenhower Institute and of the American Society of International Law.
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