Democrats launch sweeping bid to overhaul US election laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee whose voting rights work helped make Georgia a swing state, is exhorting Congress to reject “outright lies” that have historically restricted access to the ballot. Her remarks before a House committee on Thursday came as Democrats began their push for a sweeping overhaul of U.S. election and ethics laws. Democrats feel a sense of urgency to move on the legislation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, when their narrow majorities in the House and Senate will be at risk. Republicans say it would be a massive federal intrusion into state elections.