Voting

Wisconsin judge blocks cuts to early voting passed during lame duck

Residents cast their votes at a polling place
Residents cast their votes at a polling place. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday blocked cuts to early voting in Wisconsin that were enacted late last year by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature during a controversial lame duck session.

The backdrop: The same judge, U.S. District Judge James Peterson, had struck down a similar two-week early voting restriction as unconstitutional in 2016. At the time, Patterson said Republican lawmakers crafted the measures to suppress minority voters and others who traditionally vote Democratic.

New York votes to curtail some of the country's most restrictive voting laws

Voters cast their ballots during the midterm election at the High School Art and Design polling station in Manhattan, New York,
Voters cast their ballots during the 2018 midterm election in New York. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

New York's Democratic-controlled state legislature on Monday swiftly passed a slew of electoral reform measures that will roll back some of the state’s arcane voting laws and increase access to the ballot box.

Why it matters: New York purports itself as the country's progressive capital. But it has some of the nation's most restrictive voting laws, which depress voter turnout and routinely rank the state among those with the lowest turnout rates.

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