Virginia's governor announced an executive action today that will restore voting rights to approximately 200,000 Virginians with past criminal convictions. Until a few years ago, Virginia disenfranchised anyone with a past felony conviction for life.
Amid this high-profile election season, there is a strong drive to improve rather than restrict voting access in the states, but many Americans will still face obstacles at the polls this year, according to a 2016 voting analysis by the Brennan Center.
Today, the Maryland State Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee will hear testimony on automatic voter registration, which could add almost half a million eligible but unregistered Marylanders to voter rolls.
A federal judge should immediately block Election Assistance Commission Executive Director Brian D. Newby’s action allowing three states to require proof of citizenship on the federal voter registration form, according to a motion filed today.
Election Assistance Commission Executive Director Brian D. Newby’s action to allow three states to require proof of citizenship on the federal voter registration form is illegal, argued the League of Women Voters and others in a federal suit.