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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed a bill Monday that expands voting rights in a move that bucks the current GOP trend.

Why it matters: Republican governors in states like Georgia and Florida have signed laws that restrict voting access in recent months. Over 100 voting restriction bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year.

The new Vermont law requires the state to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters and give voters the option to fix or "cure" a ballot if it's submitted incorrectly and considered defective.

  • The law will also allow municipalities to send mail-in ballots for local races.

What he's saying: Scott said he signed the law "because I believe making sure voting is easy and accessible, and increasing voter participation, is important."

  • "For greater consistency and to expand access further, I am asking the General Assembly to extend the provisions of this bill to primary elections, local elections and school budget votes when they return to session in January," he added.

Worth noting: Vermont officials agreed last year to send out mail-in ballots as a safety precaution against COVID, a move that proved popular. Over 75% of registered voters cast ballots early or by mail, Vermont's secretary of state told the New York Times.

The big picture: President Biden has called the GOP-led push to restrict voting access an "unprecedented assault" on the right to vote. The vice president is leading the administration's actions to protect voting rights.

Go deeper... By the numbers: States weighing voting changes

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California Gov. Newsom survives recall election

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) defeated a Republican-backed effort to remove him, AP projected on Tuesday night.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Tuesday's results highlight the limits of Republicans trying to use Trump tactics in a deeply Democratic state.

Judge strikes down language of Minneapolis ballot measure for police overhaul

Voters cast early ballots in south Minneapolis, Nov. 2020. Photo: Tim Evans/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A judge Tuesday struck down the proposed new wording for a ballot measure that seeks to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency, the Star Tribune reported.

Why it matters: The move throws the proposed charter amendment into crisis as early voting and absentee voting for November's elections begin Friday.

Chris Cuomo accuser: On-air "hypocrisy" spurred report

Journalist Chris Cuomo. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother. He denies her allegations.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN."