Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Friday became the latest White House hopeful to use Georgia as a staging ground to unveil a voting rights policy that he said would promote fair elections.
Bloomberg rolled out his proposal after he addressed a voting rights summit organized by Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action group. Bloomberg was invited after giving the Atlanta-based organization $5 million – it’s largest donation.
His plan centers on a national Voting Rights Act that requires states to conduct automatic voter registration. It would block states from purging voters on the basis of inactivity, restore voting rights to people with felony convictions and add more federal observers at polling sites.
Another part of the proposal would require states to establish independent redistricting commissions to draw political maps. And it would mandate that all states allow early voting and adopt new standards for convenient polling place locations.
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