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National Coverage Highlights 2022 Governor’s Races As Critical to Protecting Democracy

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This week, Axios, the Associated Press, Vanity Fair, and the New Republic reported that 2022 governor’s races will be critical to the future of democracy — stressing the importance of electing and re-electing Democratic governors who will protect and expand voting rights.

Axios highlighted Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who has vetoed Republican voting rights restrictions, and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, who made mail-in voting permanent and expanded access to the polls. The article also features Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, both of whom released plans to expand absentee voting and voter registration last week.

“In heavily gerrymandered Wisconsin, Evers is the only resistance to state Republicans eager to reshape elections to aid their party,” wrote the Associated Press, adding that 2022 races in Michigan and Pennsylvania will be critical too.

Vanity Fair labeled the Pennsylvania race “critically important,” calling the next governor “the final line between ensuring a free and fair election, and subverting it.”

In Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, the New Republic wrote, “it’s essential either to retain control of the governor’s mansions in those five states or gain control to block those legislatures from carrying out actions that will help Donald Trump overcome potential loss margins and be awarded those states’ electoral votes by whatever means.”

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“Democracy is on the ballot in 2022,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “The stakes are high, and Democratic governors are ready to rise to the occasion to protect our free and fair elections and expand voting rights.”