US House passes landmark election bill as parties war over voting rights

To an extent not seen in a century, America’s two major parties have gone to battle over the rules that govern voting — an intensifying fight that threatens to dominate and embitter the country’s politics. Skirmishes along the battle line flared repeatedly this week. In Congress, the House on Wednesday night passed by 220 to 210 a bill that would set nationwide standards for federal elections — a major expansion of Washington’s authority that Democrats say is needed to protect voting rights against restrictions in Republican states. David Lauter, The Los Angeles Times.

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