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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New Details on December Hack of U.S. Election Assistance Comm’n, as House Republicans Try to Shut It Down

WSJ: The hack appeared to include a breach of the EAC’s administrative-access credentials as well as access to nonpublic reports on flaws in voting machines, according to Andrei Barysevich, an analyst with cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. Access to the reports … 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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Pence-Kobach Commission Wants State Voter Data; Can It Protect Voter Privacy? Will State Election Officials Cooperate? Will House Kill EAC?

The sham Pence commission wants data from state voter rolls. But it is not clear how this will go. David Becker on the privacy issue and about concerns of securing the data.. It is also not clear whether Democratic election … 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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“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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“House Republicans Just Voted to Eliminate the Only Federal Agency That Makes Sure Voting Machines Can’t Be Hacked”

Ari Berman: This move is particularly worrisome given reports that suspected Russian hackers attempted to access voter-registration systems in more than 20 states during the 2016 election. Moreover, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration set up by President Obama in … Continue reading

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DC Circuit Finds Evidence of Threat of Non-Citizen Voting Very Minor in Kobach-EAC Case

Back on September 9, the DC Circuit issued an order in one of the EAC cases, holding that the district court should have issued a preliminary injunction against the order put out by EAC Director Brian Newby (without getting approval … Continue reading

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“Judge temporarily blocks proof-of-citizenship voting requirement in 3 states”

WaPo: A federal judge said Monday he is unlikely to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a proof-of-citizenship requirement in a mail-in federal voter registration form used by Kansas, Alabama and Georgia until an appeals court panel that looked at … Continue reading

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Breaking: DC Circuit Reverses in Kobach-EAC Proof of Citizenship Voting Case

Acting very quickly after oral argument, the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has issued this order preliminarily enjoining changing the federal form to allow Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia to require documentary proof of citizenship if registering to … Continue reading

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“CfA Files Fraud Complaint Against Former KS Election Official Brian Newby”

Release: Today, Campaign for Accountability (CfA) called on Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to investigate former Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby for flagrantly violating Kansas criminal law by submitting false expenses, misusing public funds, and conspiring to cover up his … Continue reading

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“President Obama Nominates Nevada’s Kate Marshall To EAC”

Doug Chapin: The Republican National Lawyers’ Association called the nomination President Obama’s “third strike,” noting Marshall’s lack of elections background and criticizing Democrats for “view[ing] the EAC [as] a place to reward partisans for their service to the liberal movement” and saying “[i]t is … Continue reading

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“Group wants investigation of Kris Kobach and federal election official Brian Newby”

AP: A nonprofit public advocacy group called Wednesday for an investigation of a top federal elections official in the wake of a media report about his communications with one of the nation’s leading advocates of voting restrictions. Washington, D.C.,-based Allied … Continue reading

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“The conservative gladiator from Kansas behind restrictive voting laws”

Important Sari Horwitz WaPo piece on Kobach: Kobach, 50, first entered the national spotlight several years ago when he advised Mitt Romney on the idea of “self-deportation” for illegal immigrants during the 2012 presidential campaign. A former chairman of the … Continue reading

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“Grassley Presses for Answers on Obama Administration Impeding Independent Voting Agency”

Release: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking questions about the Justice Department’s refusal to defend the actions of the Election Assistance Commission, an independent federal agency without litigation authority, despite the law requiring the department to represent the … Continue reading

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“Judge seems skeptical of call to block voter proof-of-citizenship requirement”

Josh Gerstein: A federal judge sounded skeptical Monday about a request from voting and civil rights’ groups to block a federal official’s decision to embrace requirements in three states that new voters submit proof that they’re U.S. citizens. During a … Continue reading

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