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Possible Voter Fraud Can Be Probed With U.S. Grants

Possible Voter Fraud Can Be Probed With U.S. Grants

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — States are free to use federal grant money intended to improve how elections are run in order to pay for criminal investigations of potential voter fraud, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has ruled.  The commission’s opinion is a relief to election officials in Iowa, who will not have to pay [...]
What Happens When Illinois Really Has No Budget?CHICAGO – As Illinois enters its second month without a budget, thousands of families find themselves without access to child care and other state services while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats remain gridlocked over a $6 billion financial gap which threatens to shut down state facilities. On July 1, legislators missed the deadline to pass [...]
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The Voting Rights Act: Key Things to KnowWASHINGTON (AP) — On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, which has been called the single most effective civil rights law ever passed by Congress. Because of the Voting Rights Act, millions of minorities have exercised their right to vote in states that previously hindered them through [...]
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A Barrier to Voting Falls in Texas, as Court Strikes ID LawAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law has a “discriminatory” effect on minorities in a victory for President Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. Justice Department to fight a wave of new ballot-box restrictions passed in conservative statehouses. [...]
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Calif. Voting Rights Settlement Calls for Resident Feedback  Feedback from residents in Fullerton, California about voting districts for city elections are part of a settlement stemming from a lawsuit filed by Jonathan Paik, a civil rights organization that represented him announced on July 16.  On July 8, city officials and Paik, a resident, reached an agreement over his contention that Fullerton was [...]
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AB 953, a Bill to Combat Racial Profiling, Advances in Calif.  A closely-watched bill that backers say will reduce racial profiling by police officers and sheriff deputies in California was approved by the state Senate Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, paving the way for a full vote by lawmakers, a Los Angeles civil rights organization said. The California state Assembly approved the legislation, Assembly [...]
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An Alabama Tax Handbook Sheds Light for Residents  Residents in Alabama now have easier access to state tax and budget information, including how public dollars are raised and where money is spent, thanks to an updated, user-friendly handbook from Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), a nonpartisan organization that works on ending poverty.  The 55-page document, “The Alabama Tax & Budget Handbook,” is [...]
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Ill. Budget Crisis Prompts Rally to Save Human ServicesGrassroots advocates flooded the area outside Illinois state government offices at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Wednesday, deeply upset that Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers have failed to reach a resolution to stop budget cuts that activists say will be devastating to the poor and those in need. The state is facing an estimated [...]
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For Voting, Which States Use Redistricting Commissions?The Constitution requires boundaries for U.S. House districts to be redrawn after each census. While that task typically is done by state legislatures, 13 states use commissions as part of their congressional redistricting process. The amount of legislative involvement with those commissions varies by state. On Monday, Supreme Court justices voted 5-4 to reject a [...]
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Citizenship Proof in Voting to Be Skipped by SCOTUS  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will continue allowing residents of Arizona and Kansas to register to vote using a federal form without having to provide proof of citizenship.  The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from Republican officials in those two states who have sought to enforce laws requiring new voters to submit a [...]
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