New Paper Casts Doubt on Hajnal et al Finding Strict Voter ID Laws Suppress Democratic Votes

Grimmer, Hersh, Meredith, Mummolo, and Nall have posted “Comment on ‘Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes.’” Here is the abstract: To study how voter identification laws affect participation in elections, Hajnal, Lajevardi and Nielson (2017) examines validated … Continue reading

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NC Gov, AG File Reply Brief Arguing #SCOTUS Should Dismiss Cert. Petition in Controversial Voting Case

Brief: All of the petitioners in this case have moved to withdraw the pending petition. Thus, under normal operation of this Court’s rules, the petition should be dismissed. See S. Ct. R. 46.2(a). Seeking to derail this ministerial process, the … Continue reading

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“Voting But for the Law: Evidence from Virginia on Photo Identification Requirements”

Daniel J. Hopkins, Marc Merdith, Michael Morse, Sarah Smith, and Jesse Yoder have written this article for the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Here is the abstract: One contentious question in contemporary election administration is the impact of voter identification requirements. We … Continue reading

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“Homeless coalitions petition U.S. Supreme Court to protect voters from disenfranchisement over trivial errors”

Release: Today, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, joined by the Ohio Democratic Party, filed a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their challenge against Ohio voter-suppression laws known as … Continue reading

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“Justice Department changes its position in high-profile Texas voter-ID case”

Sari Horwitz for WaPo: The practical effect of the Justice Department’s decision is that civil rights groups will continue, without the backing of the federal government, to contest the purpose of the Texas law. “DOJ’s reversal in position defies rationality … Continue reading

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Breaking: NC General Assembly Will Object to Dismissing #SCOTUS Suit over Strict NC Voting Law, Moves to Add as Petitioner

Well, we’ve been expecting this. Here’s a motion to be filed at the Supreme Court objecting to NC AG’s motion to dismiss the cert. petition in the controversial NC voting case. And here’s a motion to add the Legislature and … Continue reading

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Some Clarification on What DOJ Is and Isn’t Doing in the Texas Voter ID Case

Before tomorrow’s hearing, the United States Department of Justice will ask a federal district court to voluntarily dismiss its claim that in enacting its strict voter identification law, Texas acted with a racially discriminatory purpose. There is nothing in the … Continue reading

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Judge Leon Puts EAC Chair in Interesting Position: It Has to Say Whether Brian Newby Acted within the Scope of His Authority

Via Josh Gerstein comes news of this latest ruling in League of Women Voters v. Newby, concerning a directive from EAC director Newby allowing states (including SOS Kobach’s Kansas) to require documentary proof of citizenship before using the federal form … Continue reading

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Breaking: Federal Court Denies Motion to Postpone Texas Voter ID Trial, Putting DOJ in Position to Change Sides in Litigation

A federal district court, following a remand from the Fifth Circuit, is considering whether Texas acted with racially discriminatory intent when it passed its controversial voter identification law. The district court had already made a finding that Texas had such … Continue reading

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“Citing Trump’s voter fraud lie, states are working to make it harder to vote”

Important Kira Lerner at Think Progress; At the annual gathering of secretaries of state in Washington, D.C. this week, Republican elections chiefs blocked an attempt to official denounceTrump’s lie. Instead, they cited the president’s claims, telling ThinkProgress they support measures … Continue reading

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“State elections chiefs warn against eliminating agency that protects elections from hacking”

Think Progress: Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who voted against the legislation, told ThinkProgress it’s likely that the full House will follow through with eliminating the agency, as protecting elections has become a partisan issue in Washington. But elsewhere in the … Continue reading

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