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Data: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law; Cartogram: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Georgia is not alone in passing a law adding voting restrictions, but other states are seeing a surge in provisions and proposals that would expand access to the polls, according to data from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Driving the news: Just Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill to restore voting rights to convicted felons who have been released from prison.

  • The number of restrictive voting bills matches or exceeds the number of expansive ones in several key battleground states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin.
  • Changes to the voting process could make the biggest difference in states with close elections.

By the numbers: There were 361 state bills as of April 1 that could make it more difficult for some people to vote being considered across states, the Brennan Center data showed.

  • Five have been enacted, and 55 have had some kind of committee action or passed at least one chamber.
  • Most of the bills would limit the use of absentee voting, while others would impose stricter voter ID requirements.

843 bills with provisions that would expand voting access have popped up across states. Nine have been enacted and 112 have had some movement through legislatures.

  • While some states are moving to limit absentee voting, others are moving to expand access to it.

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Rep. James Clyburn calls debate over critical race theory a "red herring"

Photo: Axios

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Wednesday that the current debate over critical race theory is a "red herring" used to avoid addressing systemic racism.

Why it matters: Clyburn's comments at an Axios virtual event come amidst a Republican push to ban the teaching of critical race theory —which holds that racism is baked into the formation of the nation and is ingrained in the legal, financial, and education systems.

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Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.

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CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic and changing guidance should have been clearer.

State of play: Walensky is being coached by media experts and is planning to have more press briefings by herself in order to ensure that CDC is seen as an independent, scientific entity, rather than as a political one, the Journal reports.