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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is trying to negotiate a compromise on the For the People Act.

Five stories to read about voting rights

This week, governors and legislatures across the country took action to change voting rules in a handful of states while Senate Democrats made modifications to the sweeping election overhaul bill known as the For the People Act.

While many state legislatures are debating bills to alternately ease or restrict voting, the most progress has been made in states that are tightening election rules. This week, Texas and Florida took big steps in that direction, while New York became the latest to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

Here are five key stories to keep you in the loop on the latest activity.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is managing the For the People Act, has circulated changes to the bill that would help election officials.

Democrats tweak For the People Act, but to what end?

Democrats, seeking to shore up support for their expansive election reform legislation, have made some modifications to the bill -- but the changes appear unlikely to help get the legislation through the Senate.

Responding to the concerns of election officials who questioned whether they would have the time and resources to meet all of the requirements laid out in the For the People Act, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has drafted changes and circulated them among her fellow Senators, according to The Washington Post.

While the modifications offer waivers and later deadlines to ease states' path to implementing vote-by-mail systems, early voting and election equipment standards, they do not address the major complaints from Republican lawmakers, who claim the bill is an appropriation federalization of elections.

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Voters cast their ballots in Fulton County, Ga., on Election Day 2020.

Georgia voter suppression efforts may not change election results much

Tamas is an associate professor of political science at Valdosta State University.

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Drive-through voting, which would be restricted in Texas if pending legislation is enacted, was used heavily by Houston's Latino, Black and Asian voters in 2020.

Business leaders come out in opposition to Texas voting restrictions

As the Texas Legislature continues its push to pass legislation tightening voting rules, Lone Star State businesses are ignoring demands from Republican leaders to stay out of the debate.

This week, two business coalitions released separate letters calling for expanded ballot access in Texas, although they used different language in their demands.

These coalitions and other voting rights activists are hoping to modify if not derail two bills that limit voting options and create criminal penalties they believe could intimidate potential voters.

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