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Election Evolution: How the 4 early primary states have overhauled their election systems

This is the fourth in a series of articles examining changes to voting laws in every state. Sara Swann contributed research and reporting for this installment.

The ongoing election evolution in the United States, while in large part catalyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic, has been building momentum for years.

Many states were already undergoing major overhauls to their election systems leading up to the 2020 election, even before the pandemic gripped the nation. And in the aftermath of the presidential contest, states have doubled down on voting reforms.

To provide a comprehensive analysis of the voting law changes in every state and Washington, D.C., since 2019, The Fulcrum compiled data from the Voting Rights Lab, the National Conference for State Legislatures, the Brennan Center for Justice, and state statutes and constitutions. This fourth installment focuses on the four early primary and caucus states.

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President Biden issued an executive order in March asking federal agencies to come up with plans to promote voter access and participation.

Federal agencies roll out plans for promoting voter access

While federal electoral reform legislation languishes in Congress, the executive branch is taking small but significant steps toward promoting access to the ballot box.

In March, President Biden issued an executive order asking federal agencies to evaluate how they can, within their purview of the law, encourage voter registration and participation. The deadline for agencies to submit their proposals was Sept. 23, and this week the White House announced the first set of plans.

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Voter registration volunteers are crucial for democracy. They shouldn't be threatened with fines or felonies.

Robert Brandon is the president and CEO of the Fair Elections Center, a nonpartisan voting rights and election reform organization.
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