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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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Manchin says he won't vote for Democrats' sweeping election reform bill

Sen. Joe Manchin. Photo: Michael Swensen/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrote in a Charleston Gazette-Mail op-ed Sunday that he will not support congressional Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill, suggesting the measure is partisan.

Why it matters: Manchin's opposition to H.R. 1, known as the For the People Act, puts the bill in tenuous footing in the evenly split Senate. The West Virginia senator said any elections-related legislation should be the result of both parties coming together.

Progressive dam about to break

Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) arrives at a news conference with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on April 27. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

House progressives are getting fed up with efforts to accommodate Republican senators — and Joe Manchin. Look for them to start demanding swift action — and threatening payback.

Why it matters: The White House is under growing pressure to accede to the left's demand to bust the filibuster. That rule effectively requires the support of 10 Republicans for most measures in this 50-50 Senate, rather than the simple majority that most Democrats want.

Updated 58 mins ago - Health

White House acknowledges U.S. will miss July 4 vaccination goal

Fireworks in New York City to celebrate the state reaching a 70% vaccination rate. Photo: Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images

The Biden administration acknowledged on Tuesday that it will likely miss its goal of vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults with at least one dose by July 4.

Why it matters: Despite falling short of the goal, the White House still believes most Americans will be safe to fully celebrate Independence Day, as COVID-19 cases and deaths remain at low levels throughout much of the country.