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Podcast: RCV in NYC with FairVote CEO Rob Richie

In this edition of How to Win Friends and Save the Republic from the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers, Rob Richie, CEO of FairVote, discusses his organization, where he finds his passion for democracy reform, and how Ranked Choice Voting faired in the Democratic primary for the New York City mayor's race.

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How the 5 most populous states have overhauled their election systems

This is the first in a series of articles examining changes to voting laws in every state.

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 first installment focuses on the five most populous states.

In California and New York, where Democrats control the state legislature and the governorship, the adjustments largely eased access to the ballot box, whereas Republican-led Florida and Texas mostly focused on tightening the voting rules. And in Pennsylvania, where there's a divided government, compromise on voting changes has been hard to come by.

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A woman casts her vote at the Hazel Parker Playground in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 3, 2020.

Women voters put economy as top priority

Originally published by The 19th.

Women voters will be key for Democrats to maintain control of Congress next year. To succeed, the party will need to harness President Biden's support among women and show how lawmakers are working to address their concerns about the economy, according to a liberal group that conducted polling and focus groups.

New research shared with The 19th by liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century offers a glimpse into the priorities for women voters in four critical battleground states for the 2022 midterm elections and highlights where the Democratic Party's messaging may fall short.

The women listed economic recovery as a top concern and expressed support for a number of Democratic priorities that include giving Medicare the ability to negotiate drug prices, investing in infrastructure, improving job training programs and giving loans to small businesses.

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Honor John Lewis, Get in Good Trouble | RepresentUs

Video: Honor John Lewis, Get in Good Trouble | RepresentUs

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.