Breaking: U.S. Election Assistance Commission May Be Back with Commissioners Soon

President Obama just announced two nominations for the U.S. Assistance Commission. Matthew Masterson and Christy McCormick are Republican-chosen nominees to join the two nominees from the Democrats, Thomas Hicks and Myrna Perez. The EAC was created as part of the … Continue reading

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Big News from Federal Court: Republican States May Soon Demand Proof of Citizenship for Voting in Federal Elections

Today a federal court decided Kobach v. United States Election Assistance Commission.The upshot of this opinion, if it stands on appeal, is that states with Republican legislatures and/or Republican chief election officials are likely to require documentary proof of citizenship … Continue reading

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“Sub-Regulating Elections”

Jennifer Nou has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming, Supreme Court Review).  Here is the abstract: Agency deadlocks are a recurring feature of election-related administrative agencies. Such agencies are often designed by Congress with even-numbered bipartisan commissions with majoritarian voting … Continue reading

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“Kansas, Arizona rekindling lawsuit over proof-of-citizenship voter registration”

AP: “Kansas and Arizona have rekindled a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to require residents to show proof-of-citizenship when registering to vote, arguing that a recent agency decision to deny the requests was unlawful.” … Continue reading

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“Power play: Federal ruling forbids states from checking voters’ citizenship”

Washington Times: “A federal commission rejected three states’ requests to ask voters for proof of citizenship, issuing a complex decision Friday that said it’s up to the national government, not the states, to decide what to include on registration forms.” … Continue reading

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“Groups Oppose Arizona and Kansas Laws Regarding Proof-of-Citizenship for Voter Registration”

Press release: A council of 21 Indian tribes in Arizona, two Arizona citizen groups, and an Arizona state senator filed a motion today in federal court in Kansas to intervene in Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), to oppose … Continue reading

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“House Administration Committee Votes To Eliminate Subcommittee on Elections”

Bloomberg BNA: “The House Elections Subcommittee, which handled campaign finance and other election-related issues in previous Congresses, has been eliminated in the new, 113th Congress, according to rules adopted Feb. 5 by the House Administration Committee. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), … Continue reading

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Moritz-ELJ Conference: HAVA at 10

I’m pleased to announce that The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law will host a conference on Friday, May 18, 2012 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, with papers to be published in … Continue reading

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“NASED/NASS Resolutions Request EAC Acting Director to Reconsider Suspension of EAC Advisory Boards”

This item appears in the latest edition of the indispensable (print-only) Election Administration Reports.  “The state election directors…adopted a two-page resolution (2012-1) asking the EAC to allow the important work of the boards to cintinue unimpeded.  On January 31, the … Continue reading

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