Jan 14, 2020

Stacey Abrams to publish book about voting rights

Stacey Abrams. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter

Stacey Abrams announced plans on Tuesday to release a new book in June based on her gubernatorial run and addressing voting rights, AP reports.

Why it matters: Since losing the hotly contested Georgia governor's race in 2018, Abrams has become a rising star in the Democratic Party. She’s been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick in the 2020 election, and has made voting rights a signature issue, eliciting support from 2020 presidential candidates.

"The future of our democracy depends on correcting all that is wrong with our elections process, including the insidious practice of voter suppression. And we must remind voters of their power to be seen and to demand action not simply on election days but every day."
— Stacey Abrams, in a statement

The book, titled "Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America," is based on Abrams' research and her political experience. It calls for reforms to make voting easier and covers topics such as voter purging and limited voting access in black precincts, per the AP.

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Internet voting takes flight

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

A small agency in Washington state is about to break new ground by letting residents vote by smartphone.

Why it matters: The U.S. suffers from chronically low voter turnout, but experts are concerned that internet voting is vulnerable to hacking and manipulation.

Go deeperArrowJan 22, 2020

California approves new voting system even as concerns remain

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has conditionally approved Los Angeles County's new publicly-owned computerized voting system on Friday.

Why it matters: The Voting System for All People (VSAP) will be the first publicly owned and designed voting system in the U.S. However, many concerns and questions remain about the security of the election machines and other technical problems, AP notes. VSAP still requires some modifications to address these concerns.

Go deeperArrowJan 25, 2020

The sticky web of felon voting laws

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Multiple states have started to rethink voting rights for convicted felons, but the steps toward restoring that privilege aren't always clear.

Driving the news: Florida's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that felons must complete "all terms of their sentence" before regaining their right to vote, including financial obligations such as fines, fees or restitution. The ruling comes after a yearlong battle between lawmakers and advocates over whether discharging financial penalties should be required before the right to vote was restored.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Jan 16, 2020