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In a complete surprise, conservative megadonor Foster Friess announced on Friday that he would run in the August GOP primary for governor of Wyoming. Friess had spent months talking about challenging Sen. John Barrasso, despite having described him as “one of my heroes,” but he’d given no hint that he was interested in succeeding termed-out Republican Gov. Matt Mead. Politico reports that Friess only began informing party leaders he would seek the governorship the very day he declared for the race. Friess, who pledged to serve just one term, also endorsed his would-have-been rival Barrasso.

Friess rose to prominence in 2012 […]

Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

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Fri, Apr 20, 2018
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● New Jersey: On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed automatic voter registration into law, making New Jersey the 11th state (plus the District of Columbia) to approve this reform. Eligible voters who do business with the state Motor Vehicle Commission will be automatically registered, unless they opt out. Consequently, this law could add hundreds of thousands of new voters to the rolls, make voting more accessible, and help keep records more secure and up-to-date.​

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​Importantly, this law also gives the secretary of state the option to expand automatic registration to other state agencies that can verify voter eligibility, […]

Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

In a surprise move, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he would issue an executive order to restore the voting rights of most of New York’s 35,000 citizens who are currently disenfranchised because they are on parole for a felony conviction. This is a welcome move that will help curtail a policy that is rooted in white supremacy. However, it will still leave tens of thousands of incarcerated citizens without voting rights. Furthermore, by excluding parolees who have committed certain crimes, this solution gives the governor undeserved discretion over who gets to the right to vote.

And given that […]

Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections