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January 14, 2019 3:28 p.m.

Voting Rights: Reformers Get Some Good News Out Of The Supreme Court On Campaign Finance

Democrats are moving forward with their focus on voting rights. The Oversight Committee announced Thursday that it will hold a hearing on February 6 on its elections overhaul package, which includes campaign finance legislation, provisions expanding voter access to the polls and ethics reform proposals. The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to intervene in a racial gerrymandering case in Virginia, after state Republicans requested that the justices delay the process of redrawing the map. On Thursday the lower court in the case held a hearing on how to move forward with fixing the infirm districts, which were for the state’s House of Delegates. Proponents of campaign finance reform are also breathing a sigh of relief following the Supreme Court’s indication Monday that it will not take up an appeal of a decision upholding Montana’s campaign contribution limits. Election law observers speculated that if the Supreme Court granted review of the case, the conservative justices might seek to impede government’s ability…

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