Democratic gubernatorial candidates are unveiling their own voting rights plans ahead of the midterms this fall.
Why this matters: Congressional Democrats have so far failed to deliver federal legislation. Since Republicans have been successful in enacting restrictions at the state and local levels, the ability to vote in 2022 will largely depend on where a person lives. This makes the executive race of the state a high priority for both sides.
- President Biden waved a surrender flag after meeting with his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill on Thursday: “If we miss the first time, we come back and try a second time. We missed this time.”
- Democrats are also turning their sights as they expect to lose the House and Senate.
- Governors, in his view, are the last line of defense for democracy.
Running news: Last week, Democratic candidates for governor in Pennsylvania and New Mexico outlined their plans.
- In Wisconsin and Nevada, incumbent Democratic governors — both of whom are running for re-election — also addressed voting rights last year by easing restrictive measures or codifying absentee voting.
- Government is Tony Evers vetoed At least six Republican bills in Wisconsin so far, and Gov. Steve Sisolaki Mail-in voting made permanent Expanded access to more elections in Nevada.
in Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro presented a plan Protecting and expanding voting rights while upholding a 2019 law allowing absentee voting without excuse.
Shapiro also wants to implement same-day and automatic voter registration for the state.
- As Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Pennsylvania, he has been heavily involved in voting rights issues.
- He has also gone to court to fight against it. lawsuits from republicans and former President Trump who contested the validity of the 2020 presidential election results.
in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has proposed expanding access to absentee voting and online voter registration.
- Grisham also wants to provide protective measures for Native American voters in the state.
- “Parisal refusal to strengthen voting rights at the federal level” is one of the reasons for doing so, According to the Governor’s website,
What are they saying: “Pennsylvanians are very concerned right now – the impact of COVID-19, tackling rising costs and growing our economy, improving our schools, and making our communities safer – they need to worry about the sustainability of our nation’s democracy. Not needed, either,” Shapiro said in a statement.