None of the Six Republican Candidates for Kansas Secretary of State Sees Voter Fraud as a Major Problem (as SOS Kobach Has Falsely Claimed)

Interesting contrast: The candidates largely agreed that voter fraud is not a systemic issue but committed themselves to enforcing the state’s election laws. They also said they want to focus on improving the less-talked-about administrative side of the office, such … Continue reading

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Breaking: Federal District Court Preliminarily Blocks Florida SOS Ruling Barring College Campus Locations as Early Voting Sites

A very thoughtful opinion granting a preliminary injunction in League of Women Voters v. Detzner. In addition to applying the Anderson-Burdick balancing test for equal protection claims, the court also applied a Twenty-Sixth Amendment  analysis, finding that the Secretary of State’s … Continue reading

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“Common Cause, the National Election Defense Coalition and Protect Democracy Support Legal Challenge to Georgia’s Insecure Voting System”

Release: Common Cause, the National Election Defense Coalition and Protect Democracy today filed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of all plaintiffs in the Curling v. Kemp lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  The … Continue reading

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My First Post at Just Security: “Will the Supreme Court’s Understanding of the First Amendment Thwart Laws Aimed at Limiting Foreign Influence in U.S. Elections?”

I have written this post for Just Security, which is the second in their series on potential legal gaps exposed by events related to the 2016 election. It begins: By now everyone is familiar with attempts by the Russian government and others … Continue reading

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Eighth Circuit, Citing Purcell Principle About Not Changing Election Rules Close to Elections, Rejects North Dakota’s Attempt to Revive Voter ID Law for Now

Order: The State of North Dakota moves to stay the district court’s injunction of April 3, 2018, concerning certain subsections of the North Dakota elections statute, N.D.C.C. § 16.1-01- 04.1. Based primarily on the imminent primary election date of June … Continue reading

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Common Cause Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Indiana Voter Purge Program Based on Kobach-Led Cross-Check Program

From the court’s decision preliminarily enjoining Indiana’s purge system as violating the NVRA: Regarding the likelihood of success on the merits, the Court determines that Common Cause has a high likelihood of success on the merits of its claim that … Continue reading

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“Florida to monitor Broward election chief after judge finds ‘unlawful’ ballot destruction in Wasserman Schultz race”

Mark Caputo for Politico: The elections supervisor in Florida’s second-most populous county broke state and federal law by unlawfully destroying ballots cast in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s 2016 Democratic primary, a judge ruled Friday in a case brought by the congresswoman’s … Continue reading

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Federal Court Rejects DNC Voting Rights Act Challenge to Arizona Rules About Counting Ballots Cast in Wrong Precinct, Prohibiting Most Collection of Absentee Ballots

You can find the 83-page opinion at this link. Near the end of the opinion, the court rejects treating race as party proxy argument: Based on the totality of the circumstances, Plaintiffs have not shown that the legislature enacted H.B. … Continue reading

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