Matthew Masterson, Blocked for EAC Reappointment by Speaker Paul Ryan, Will Continue to Work on Cybersecurity Voting Issues at DHS

Smart move by DHS to hire @mastersonmv to work with election officials on cyber security as his term on Election Assistance Commission ends. Sign of how seriously some in administration take this issue. https://t.co/evFkreAqxG — pam fessler (@pamelafessler) March 26, … Continue reading

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“Georgia Republicans are trying to eliminate Sunday voting to suppress black turnout”

Kira Lerner: Georgia Republicans are advancing a bill through the state legislature that would suppress African-American turnout by eliminating Sunday voting and cutting the hours that polls are open in Atlanta. The bill, SB 363, would force polls in the majority African American … Continue reading

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Minnesota: “Audit Finds Little Voter Fraud, But Recommends Improvements”

AP: Minnesota should develop a report that helps county election officials identify people who aren’t eligible to vote, the legislative auditor’s office recommended Friday. The auditor’s office examined the state’s election system and voter registration practices for months, interviewing county election officials and county … Continue reading

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In Strange, Unanimous Unpublished Opinion, 11th Circuit Revives Common Cause’s Voter Purge Case Against Georgia

The district court had dismissed Common Cause’s claim that Georgia’s voter purge law violated the NVRA and the First Amendment. Today, the Eleventh Circuit, in a brief, unpublished opinion, sent the case back and told the trial court to reconsider … Continue reading

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With Lamb Holding 627 Vote Lead in PA-18 Congressional Race, Republicans Raise Claims of Voting Irregularities, Possibility of Requesting Recount

Philly.com: In a highly-watched special election in western Pennsylvania, Democrat Conor Lamb is currently maintaining a slim lead over Republican Rick Saccone Wednesday morning. With all precincts fully reporting and absentee ballots counted, Lamb holds a 627-vote lead over Saccone … Continue reading

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Released Emails Show Coordination Between DOJ and Pence-Kobach Fraud Commission over Voter Fraud Allegations, with Communications Between John Gore and EAC’s Christy McCormick

TPM: The chair of the Republican Party in Chicago last year passed on allegations of voter fraud to a member of President Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission, using a top Justice Department official as intermediary, newly released emails reveal. The emails, … Continue reading

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“Almost No Progress in Key Areas of Election System Security in Last Two Years”

Brennan Center:  By a number of key metrics, the country has failed to make significant progress securing voting machines, despite increasing warnings about system vulnerabilities from election officials and national security experts. An analysis released today by the Brennan Center for Justice … Continue reading

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Kobach, Acting As Attorney, Asks Expert Mike McDonald About “Shit Sandwich” Tweet, Claims His Evidence Will Show Proof of Citizenship Law Prevented Up to 18,000 Noncitizens from Voting in Kansas

Kansas.com: Kobach suggested another witness was also biased. He read aloud tweets from Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida, that disparaged Kobach. One tweet referenced reports that a staffer for Vice President Mike Pence had called Kobach … Continue reading

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“Texas Workforce Commission changes voter registration practices after pressure from civil rights groups”

Release:  In a change of course, effective February 21, 2018, the Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”) will begin the process of implementing voter registration services to those served by its Vocational Rehabilitation program. The change comes after the agency received a notice from … Continue reading

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“The Price of Democracy: Splitting the bill for elections; New report from the National Conference of State Legislatures”

Electionline: This new NCSL report, “The Price of Democracy: Splitting the Bill for Elections,” is the result of two years of studying all things related to elections and costs, addressing questions such as:  What are the costs associated with running elections? … Continue reading

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