Filter: Marijuana possession arrests plunge in New York City after legalization.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis charged with misusing campaign funds.
Reuters: Texas governor signs bill curbing voting rights, access.
Plaintiffs in two federal lawsuits, filed against Texas officials in San Antonio and the state capital Austin, included the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans and Texas community development groups.
They said the law unduly burdens the right to vote in violation of the U.S. Constitution's First, 14th and 15th Amendments, while also saying it is intended to limit minority voters' access to the ballot box in violation of a federal law called the Voting Rights Act.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a third lawsuit in state court in Houston, arguing that the measure violates provisions of the Texas Constitution protecting the rights to vote, freedom of speech and expression, due process and equal protection under law.
The Cap Times: Gov. Evers announces new pardons, additional eligibility.
The New Yorker: The link between Texas' new abortion law and its new voting laws.
Though the two laws address different domains, they are connected: in Texas and elsewhere in the country, a ligature of racism connects efforts to deny people of color their right to vote and women—disproportionately women of color—their right to terminate a pregnancy.
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