“Seeking edge on voting rules, parties target sec. of state races”


MSNBC

ZACHARY ROTH

By Zachary Roth

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The fierce partisan battle over voting rights has both sides planning to pour massive amounts of money and resources into a handful of key 2014 campaigns for secretary of state.

The new-found attention for these once-obscure races is driven by an awareness on both sides that a state’s top election official can play a critical role in expanding or restricting the right to vote—meaning control of secretary of state offices in swing states could be crucial in the 2016 presidential contest.

On Thursday, a group of high-level Democratic strategists launched iVote, a political action committee that will back Democratic secretary of state candidates in four pivotal 2016 states: Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, and Nevada. All four Democratic candidates are strong advocates of expanding access to the ballot, and all are likely to face Republicans who are looking to make it harder to vote. The initiative is part of a broader move by Democrats and voting-rights advocates to push back against the wave of restrictive voting laws advanced by Republicans in recent years.

Secretaries of state are charged with administering most aspects of their state’s elections, giving them responsibility for everything from maintaining voter rolls to sending out absentee ballots to counting votes.

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“Jury Decides Not To Indict Randall Kerrick, Officer Who Fatally Shot Jonathan Ferrell”


HUFFINGTON POST/BLACK VOICES

This combination of undated file photos provided by Florida A&M University and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police shows Jonathan Ferrell, left, and police officer Randall Kerrick. A toxicology report released Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 shows the blood-alcohol level for Ferrell, an unarmed man fatally shot by a Kerrick, a Charlotte police officer was below the legal limit.(AP Photo/Florida A&M University, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

This combination of undated file photos provided by Florida A&M University and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police shows Jonathan Ferrell, left, and police officer Randall Kerrick. A toxicology report released Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 shows the blood-alcohol level for Ferrell, an unarmed man fatally shot by a Kerrick, a Charlotte police officer was below the legal limit.(AP Photo/Florida A&M University, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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