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More Positive Signs for Voting Rights Laws

After a year that started off with a wave of efforts to suppress the vote  - many of which continue - more and more states are now looking at enacting significant reforms to modernize voter registration and protect and expand voting rights. Here's a roundup of recent developments:

The Connecticut state House passed a joint resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to allow early voting and no-excuse absentee ballots. [The Day]

A sweeping proposal under consideration in Colorado could "change the way America votes" and increase voter participation. [Denver Post]

Pennsylvania progressive lawmakers want their state to become the 36th to have some form of early voting. [Post-Gazette]

Voters in West Virginia will soon be able to register to vote online. [AP]

Ex-felons will have their voting rights restored immediately thanks to legislation passed in Delaware. [Delaware Online]

A county clerk in Oregon on why his state should expand voting and enact automatic voter registration. [Oregon Live]

Other good news on voting rights legislation in Hawaii, Maryland, and Texas. [AFL-CIO Now]

 

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from April 20, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)