'As Ohio Goes, So Goes the Nation' Nina Turner Fights for Voter Rights

From Ebony

By Alisha Tillery

Senator Nina Turner wants to show her state and the country her leadership through the ballot box. The fiery and hands-on Ohio Democrat recently announced her candidacy for the position of Secretary of State, which would make her the Buckeyed state's chief elections officer.

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Iowa Poll: Access to voting trumps voter fraud concerns

From the Des Moines Register

By Jason Noble

A wide majority of Iowans believe it’s more important to ensure ballot access for eligible voters than to guard against voting by those who are ineligible.

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New PACs try to elect state election officials

From USA Today

By Martha T. Moore

The banner ad that popped up online last month from an organization called iVote used a line as innocuous as a civic textbook: "Because every vote should count." In fact, the ad, and the Democratic group that sponsored it, iVote, are part of a highly partisan and increasingly expensive battle over an elected position most voters are barely aware of.

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The state races ignored — until now

From Politico

By Tal Kopan

Big money, top strategists and party insiders are diving into what could be the most hotly contested 2014 races — secretary of state. The sleepy administrative offices have suddenly captured the attention of some of the country’s major political players, who’ve formed national PACs and sketched out multimillion-dollar fundraising plans.

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

From MSNBC

By Zachary Roth

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.

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Going on offense to expand the vote

From The Washington Post

By Greg Sargent 

Here’s a very interesting development that suggests Dems are beginning to take the war over voting far more seriously than in the past — and are gearing up for a protracted struggle over voting access that could make a real difference in 2016.  A group of leading Democratic strategists is launching a new political action committee that will raise money for a very specific purpose: Getting Democratic secretaries of state who favor expanded voting elected in four states — Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, and Nevada.

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Obama campaign vets launch PAC to target secretary of state races

From The Huffington Post

By Sam Stein

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to fight political battles today so they don't become court cases tomorrow, a group of high-ranking Democrats and Obama veterans are launching a new political action committee focused on expanding voting rights.

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Parties target campaigns for secretary of state (AP)

WASHINGTON, DC -- Campaigns for secretary of state, often relegated to the back burner of American politics, are drawing increasing attention from Democratic and Republican groups that hope to influence how elections are overseen in a number of presidential battleground states. 

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iVote targets state secretary races

From Politico

By Tal Kopan

A new group led by a who’s who of Democratic strategists is entering the game to elect more liberal secretaries of state nationwide in 2014 — with an eye toward 2016.

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The exciting war to make secretaries of state more boring

From The Washington Post

By Jamie Fuller

On Thursday, a new voting-rights campaign called iVote launched, and it plans to target its resources at secretary of state races in Colorado, Nevada, Iowa and Ohio.

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