California’s history of voting violations would face new scrutiny under Washington proposal

Despite its aggressive push to expand voter access in recent years, California’s past voting rights violations have landed it on a list of bad actors that Democrats in Washington want to subject to extra federal scrutiny.

Under a new bill to update the Voting Rights Act, 11 states — primarily in the South— are expected to meet a formula for federal oversight. In addition to California, they include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, the bill’s sponsor said.

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