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Americans want voting to be easier, also worry about election fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans want to make it easier to vote but most adults also favor strict voter identification laws and remain concerned about election fraud, Reuters/Ipsos polling shows. Learn More


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Democrats hope a voting rights failure sparks change on Senate filibuster

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even as they push towards a vote on U.S. election reform that is almost certain to fail, some congressional Democrats say they hope that defeat may provide the opportunity to scrap the filibuster rule that allows the minority in the Senate to block most legislation. More »


NYC voters pick mayoral nominees as city faces steep recovery

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Voters in New York City headed to the polls on Tuesday to select Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor, following a campaign dominated by debate over public safety as the city recovers from the pandemic and confronts a surge in shootings. More »


U.S. Senate Democrats unite, but election reform vote likely to fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Senate Democrats united on Tuesday around an election reform bill they say is critical to democracy, although the measure was headed to likely failure as Republicans argued it infringed on states' rights. More »


Biden’s Justice Dept may defend Trump in Capitol riot lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump may have an unlikely ally to defend him against lawsuits alleging he incited the U.S. Capitol insurrection: President Joe Biden’s Justice Department. More »


In a Mexican border camp, asylum seekers wait for Biden to end Trump health directive

REYNOSA, Mexico (Reuters) -When Salvadoran asylum seeker Liset Ortiz was kidnapped in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on her way to the United States, a kidnapper found the police report she was carrying as proof of the death threats she says she received in El Salvador for being a lesbian. More »


U.S. Commerce Department rescinds TikTok, WeChat prohibited transactions list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S Commerce Department said Monday it was rescinding a list of prohibited transactions with TikTok and WeChat that were issued in September as the Trump administration sought to block new U.S. downloads of both Chinese-owned apps. More »


White House plans to do more for voting rights even if federal bill passes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will pursue other initiatives to boost voting rights even if a contentious federal bill to counter state voting restrictions passes the Senate, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday. More »


Senate's 'nothing but no' McConnell stands as roadblock to Biden agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the U.S. Senate this week votes on a sweeping election-reform bill, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will play a role he relishes: Roadblock to the Democratic agenda. More »


U.S. Senate Democrats aim to advance contentious federal voting rights bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate this week will try to advance legislation setting new national election standards, seeking to counter voting-rights rollbacks that Republican legislatures are pursuing across the country. More »


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