“Trump Election Commissioners Are Resisting Efforts to Protect Elections From Hacking”

Pema Levy for Mother Jones: Christy McCormick, a Republican commission member, said in a statement the next day that Russian interference was a hoax used by the federal government to gain access to state-run election systems. “This declassified report was not about … Continue reading

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“Husted, Arizona Inter Tribal, and Lessons from the Constitutional Structure”

Franita Tolson: Husted is, therefore, more than just a case about statutory interpretation.  It also implicates the Constitution’s allocation of power to the states and the federal government under the Elections Clause.  As both the Arizona and Ohio laws illustrate, allowing … Continue reading

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“Election Officials, Homeland Security Begin to Formalize Cybersecurity Efforts”

WSJ:  Officials from a dozen states and the federal government took preliminary steps this week toward more formal cooperation regarding election-security efforts at a two-day meeting near Albany, N.Y. Attendees at the meeting Tuesday and Wednesday discussed coordinating information-sharing about … Continue reading

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CA: “DA: Hackers Penetrated Voter Registrations in 2016 Through State’s Election Site”

KQED: Hackers successfully penetrated state-run online voter registration systems in 2016, triggering confusion and heated exchanges between voters, poll workers and poll watchers during California’s June 7 primary, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin said Friday. “I think that pretty … Continue reading

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Today’s Must Read: “Exclusive: Read the Previously Undisclosed Plan to Counter Russian Hacking on Election Day”

Quite a wow from Time: President Obama’s White House quietly produced a plan in October to counter a possible Election Day cyber attack that included extraordinary measures like sending armed federal law enforcement agents to polling places, mobilizing components of the military … Continue reading

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House Republicans Restores, Increases Funding for United States Election Assistance Commission, At Least for Now

Celeste Katz notes some good news. As I wrote Sunday: Meanwhile, House Republicans are moving to abolish the United States Election Assistance Commission, a bipartisan federal agency that serves as a clearinghouse for information about best voting practices and certifies the security … Continue reading

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“The 2016 U.S. Voting Wars: From Bad to Worse”

I have posted this new draft on SSRN (for the pre-APSA event, Protecting Electoral Security and Voting Rights: The 2016 U.S. Elections in Comparative Perspective).  Here is the abstract: If the “voting wars” which have broken out across the post-2000 election … Continue reading

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150,000 Attempts on Election Day to Hack into South Carolina Voter Database

WSJ: To understand the scale of the hacking attempts against election systems in the 2016 presidential election, consider South Carolina. On Election Day alone, there were nearly 150,000 attempts to penetrate the state’s voter-registration system, according to a postelection report by the … Continue reading

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“‘Pray there is no hell’: Critics are savaging Trump’s voter fraud panel via email”

Must-read Celeste Katz: When President Donald Trump’s “voter fraud panel” holds its first meeting on July 19, members of the public won’t be able to speak. Instead, the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, which has enraged and frightened plenty of Americans by requesting detailed … Continue reading

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“This DOJ Letter May Be More Alarming Than Trump Commission’s Request For Voter Data”

HuffPo: Former Department of Justice officials and voting advocates are seriously alarmed over a DOJ letter sent to states last week that they say could signal a forthcoming effort to kick people off voter rolls. This comes as national attention … Continue reading

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“Georgia voters, Colorado nonprofit sue to overturn special election results in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District”

Colorado Politics: A group of Georgia voters and a Colorado-based watchdog organization filed a lawsuit late Monday asking a judge to overturn the results of last month’s 6th Congressional District special election and scrap the state’s voting system, Colorado Politics has … Continue reading

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“House Republicans Want to Eliminate Federal Election Assistance Agency”

Government Executive: A spending bill from the House Appropriations Committee unveiled Thursday would give the Election Assistance Commission 60 days to terminate itself. The small agency was created after the tightly contested 2000 presidential election. It has an annual budget of about … Continue reading

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