With newfound powers, statehouse Democrats race to expand voting rights

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the crowd during inauguration ceremonies on January 1, 2023, outside the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan.

After strong electoral results in the midterm elections, Democrats in some key states are moving quickly this year on voting rights -- pushing ambitious plans to expand access to the ballot ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

In the presidential swing state of Michigan -- where Democrats have gained the governorship and both legislative chambers for the first time in roughly four decades -- Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and a group of legislators recently announced a package of voting-related priorities. They range from criminalizing the harassment of election workers to carrying out a voter-approved expansion of early voting.

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