Democracy Happy Hour – September 15, 2021

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* Democracy Happy Hour, September 15, 2021 - Meeting Recordings & Chat:

View slides from the presentation on the Freedom to Vote Act here

Actions, Events & Misc. Links:

Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour topics:

  • Sept 22nd - Election Audits – What are the best options?
  • Sept 29th - Extremism in the U.S. – What, When & How?
  • Oct 6th - Gender & Racial Parity in Political Participation – Why does it matter?

WA Redistricting:

Testify at upcoming hearings:

Public Comment: They are still taking public comment via written testimony, email, voicemail, video submissions. More info here:

Important dates to note:

  • Tuesday, September 21 – Commissioners will each release their proposed state legislative district map.
  • Tuesday, September 28 – Commissioners will each release their proposed congressional district map.
  • Friday, October 22 – Deadline to ensure full consideration of third-party map submissions by the Commission.
  • Monday, November 15 (11:59 p.m.) – Deadline for Commission to submit final maps to the Legislature.

TAKE ACTION for VOTING RIGHTS – Please do one or more of these actions:

Defending Democracy in a Period of Far-Right Insurrection w/ Leonard Zeskind and Devin Burghart - September 23rd @ 5 pm PT – Register @


Democracy in the News Links:

Justice Dept. Asks Judge to Block Texas From Enforcing Restrictive Abortion Law -

Texas judge blocks anti-abortion group from enforcing new law -

Federal judge blocks Florida's 'anti-riot' law that Gov. DeSantis championed as a way to combat protests but civil rights groups said targeted people of color -

Capitol rally seeks to rewrite Jan. 6 by exalting rioters -

Washington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally -

Officials Fear A New Normal As Republicans Make Baseless California Fraud Claims -

AZ canvass report draws nonsensical conclusions -

Republicans Start Election ‘Investigation' in Pennsylvania -

Democrats, GOP Push Back Against Partisan Election Audits -

Words matter. So these journalists refuse to call GOP election meddling an ‘audit.’ -

In the wake of Trump's attack on democracy, election officials fear for the future of American elections -

U.S. lawmakers seek to protect election workers after Reuters investigation -

Voting think tank launches lawyer network to defend election officials -

Texas’s New Law Is The Climax Of A Record-Shattering Year For Voting Restrictions -

On Voting Rights, There Are No Moderates in the GOP -

Senate Democrats Offer A New Voting Bill, But A GOP Filibuster Likely Blocks The Way -

Revised Democratic voting bill drops controversial provisions, tweaks others as pressure for action mounts -

Manchin lobbies McConnell on election reform bill -

John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act needs our support -

6 things you should know about the 2021 Native American Voting Rights Act -

Democrats revive filibuster fight over voting rights bill -

Sen. Alex Padilla says Democrats will have 'no choice' but to 'revisit' filibuster reform if the GOP blocks a voting-rights compromise bill -

Al Sharpton calls on Biden to fight the filibuster: ‘If we can’t depend on you here, when can we?’ -

Biden Tells Top Democrats He’s Preparing Lobbying Blitz on Filibuster Reform, Voting Rights -

Seven reasons to think Senate Democrats will actually change the filibuster -

Redistricting Battles Kick Off in State Courts -

'An insult to democracy': Ohio Republicans' redistricting plan panned soon after release -

Florida legislators resist calls for redistricting transparency -

New York Will Soon Lose 1 House Seat. The G.O.P. Might Lose 5. -

Democrats' House targets vanish as GOP redraws new maps -

Shelby County ruling could make it easier for states to get away with extreme racial gerrymandering -

Don’t Judge a District by Its Shape -

Coalition urges Congress to 'stand up to pressure from corporate lobbyists' -

Manchin Denies He Meets with Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Weekly But Says, ‘I Keep My Door Open for Everybody’ -

Gates Foundation Was Major Donor to Pro-Biden ‘Dark Money’ Network -

Under G.O.P. Pressure, Tech Giants Are Empowered by Election Agency -

What Andrew Yang's new party means for American politics -

Want to vote on your phone? Election experts want to make it happen. -

2021 Diversity Report shows progress … and a long way to go -

Washington redistricting commission invites public to draw new legislative, congressional maps -

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