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Democratic-led states expand voting rights amid GOP push to restrict access

April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA - OCTOBER 31: Voters fill out their ballots at an early voting center at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center on October 31, 2020 in Alexandria, Virginia. Today is the final day of early voting in Virginia, with voters waiting hours in line to cast their ballots ahead of the presidential election on Tuesday. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Virginia and New Jersey this week joined other Democratic-led states moving ahead with new laws that would expand voting access -- a stark contrast to the Republican rush in statehouses across the country to make voting more difficult.

(CNN)Virginia and New Jersey this week joined other Democratic-led states moving ahead with new laws that would expand voting access -- a stark contrast to the Republican rush in statehouses across the country to make voting more difficult.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, which has tracked voting measures across the country, 843 bills that would expand voting access, largely offered by Democrats, have been introduced in 47 states.

Largely, though, states that have expanded voting access are controlled by Democrats.

And those that are making voting harder -- Georgia and Iowa already have new laws on the books; Arizona, Florida, Texas, Michigan and other key states are currently advancing bills that would impose new restrictions -- are led by Republicans or, in Michigan's case, have a GOP-controlled legislature that plans to circumvent the Democratic governor.

Lawmakers in New Jersey have sent the state's Democratic governor two election bills that together would expand voting rights for residents in the state, as GOP-led states move to restrict access to the ballot box elsewhere.

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