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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

A Call for Urgent Action to Thwart Election Denial Risks in NC

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023   

A new report shows North Carolina and other states are susceptible to election denialism, which could have implications for future elections. The Movement Advancement Project has created a "National Election Denial Risk Index" by state - and it shows North Carolina has a moderate risk of facing such challenges as restricted voting rights, disinformation, harassment of elected officials and interference in election processes.

Brian Hinkle, senior voting policy researcher for the Movement Advancement Project, underscores what he calls an "urgent need" for states to take stronger actions to prevent a recurrence of the denialism witnessed during the 2020 election.

"The recent indictments charging former President Trump and others with conspiracy to overturn the results of the election, among other crimes, I think highlight both the continued threat of election denial, as well as a potential path for states to hold bad actors accountable," he said.

Hinkle added states should make it a priority to protect election officials, enhance voting rights and address false information, and noted this is important in North Carolina because of the close results in the last presidential race.

Hinkle also suggested other steps to safeguard democracy, including implementing more audits to strengthen election verification processes. He highlighted the potential impact of election deniers on the 2024 election, and emphasized the need for states to be proactive.

"Our report shows that 157 million voters currently live in states that are at least moderate risk of election denial, jeopardizing future elections," he continued.

The report ranks states' risk as low, moderate or high. It says other battleground states, like Michigan and Nevada, have implemented new election laws to combat denialism - and Pennsylvania has enacted laws to protect against false election information.

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