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Analysis: Battles that will define US elections in 2022, 2024 and beyond are already here

March 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: The sun begins to set behind the U.S. Capitol building on Capitol Hill on December 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have now certified their results in the 2020 presidential election, further solidifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The Democratic "For the People Act" mandates mail-in voting options in all states, designates Election Day as a federal holiday and forces political organizations to reveal their biggest financial donors. It moves the District of Columbia closer to statehood — a step that would give Democrats two new Senate seats, since Washington is one of the most liberal spots in the country. It would also stop the practice of partisan "gerrymandering" — drawing congressional seats to ensure a pre-ordained election result — and would restore racial safeguards ripped out of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court.

At the same time, Republicans in multiple states are writing laws making it harder to vote -- for instance by cutting mail-in and early balloting.

The Democratic "For the People Act" mandates mail-in voting options in all states, designates Election Day as a federal holiday and forces political organizations to reveal their biggest financial donors.

A growing number of children crossing the US-Mexico border alone is posing one of the biggest challenges yet for the Biden administration, which aims to take a more humanitarian approach toward migration than its predecessor.

That's why, quite frankly, we're working as hard as we are, not only in addressing the urgency of the challenge but also in building the capacity to manage it," Mayorkas said from the White House briefing room, adding that the Trump administration had "gutted" the US immigration system.

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