ADA’s Legislative Round Up
ADA’s Issue Priorities:
- Defending Democracy
- Economic Justice
- Women’s Rights
- Access to Healthcare
- Fair Courts
- Voting Rights
- Climate Action
- Tax Fairness
- Fighting Racsim
- Judicial Reform
- Foreign Policy
ADA’s Legislative Round Up
Americans for Democratic Action has been and will continue to be a forthright liberal voice of this nation. We work to advocate progressive stances on civil rights and liberties, social and economic justice, sensible foreign policy, and sustainable environmental policy. Follow developments on ADA’s priority issues here.
A Voting Rights Win In North Carolina
Last fall, the North Carolina General Assembly passed (by override) Senate Bill 747 and Senate Bill 749, imposing significant restrictions on North Carolina’s voting procedures, leaving far-reaching consequences for the accessibility and fairness of the electoral process in the state. Senate Bill 747 curtails access to absentee mail-in voting. One of its provisions eliminates the 3-day grace period for mail-in ballots, leaving voters vulnerable to delays caused by weather or other mail disruptions. Senate Bill 749 threatens access to early voting – the most popular voting method in North Carolina – and can result in a significant reduction in early voting sites for this year’s election. As a result of these egregious and restrictive voting laws, several voting rights advocacy groups filed lawsuits against to stop the implementation of the worst aspects of the new laws. In January, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, sided with voting rights advocates and blocked one provision of the law. In a 94-page filing, he wrote that the plaintiffs are likely to successfully claim that the law violates the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution and that it would result in the tossing of legitimate ballots. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Voter Suppression Lowlights In Ohio
Last fall ADA and allies mobilize voters in Ohio to protect abortion rights. Despite numerous attempts by the Secretary of State to trick voters with confusing ballot tactics, Ohioans overwhelmingly fought back against the MAGA Republicans and their extremist agenda. Well…they’re at it again in Ohio.
MAGA extremists and their allies in the Ohio legislature are pursuing an aggressive voter suppression effort, and it just got the green light from a federal judge. Here are the lowlights of Ohio’s new voter suppression tactics:
- Prohibit officials from prepaying postage on mail-in ballots. Anyone who forgets to add a stamp will be disenfranchised.
- Limit each county to just ONE ballot drop-off location, no matter how large the county’s population or area.
- Limit acceptable forms of voter ID. Ohio requires photo voter ID to vote.
- Prohibit early in-person voting the Monday before Election Day, despite this being one of the most popular early voting days.
- Reduce the amount of time available to request an absentee ballot.
- Shorten the timeline in which a ballot can be received and counted.
Advancing The Progressive Agenda In Virginia
We’ve all heard the old adage, “elections have consequences.” In 2023, ADA worked in four Virginia House and Senate races to propel progressives to victory. Now, the new Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly is advancing a progressive agenda in the height of Virginia’s legislative session. Critical issues such as safeguarding abortion access, increasing the minimum wage, and regulating assault weapons are just a few of the bills that are poised to arrive on Gov. Youngkin’s desk.
Abortion Access: The House and Senate have passed bills to prohibit the governor from extraditing someone to another state to face charges for having a legal abortion in Virginia. Read the bill here.
Minimum Wage: The House and Senate approved bills to increase the minimum wage from the current $12 an hour to $13.50 effective Jan. 1, 2025, and to $15 by Jan. 1, 2026. Gov. Youngkin has made it clear that he does not support increasing Virginia’s minimum wage.
Gun Control: The House passed a bill that prohibits carrying “assault firearms” in public areas. Another bill that passed the House would require anyone who buys a firearm to either buy a locking device or sign a statement affirming that no minors live in their home.
Stay Tuned Here For More Legislative Updates!
More updates to come next week.