EAC’s Brian Newby Defends His Actions Helping His Buddy Kobach

Must-read Zach Roth for MSNBC: Newby’s move sparked instant criticism. In astatement posted online Tuesday, the panel’s lone Democratic commissioner, Vice Chair Thomas Hicks, wrote that Newby had acted “unilaterally,” and that his decision “contradicts policy and precedent established by the … Continue reading

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Chapin on the EAC’s Apparent Capitulation to KS SOS Kobach on Proof of Citizenship

Doug Chapin: The timing of this action is a little curious, given the prospect of renewed partisan warfare over proof-of-citizenship just as the EAC is making progress on other fronts like voting technology and election preparedness. It also isn’t clear … Continue reading

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“BREAKING NEWS: EAC Hires New Executive Director And General Counsel”

Doug Chapin: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is almost back at full strength with the announcement this morning that Johnson County, KS’ Brian Newby has been appointed the agency’s executive director and Washington DC’s Cliff Tatum has been named general … Continue reading

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“Kris Kobach asks U.S. Supreme Court to restore his proof-of-citizenship law”

Wichita Eagle: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision and restore a state law he wrote requiring proof-of-citizenship documents to register to vote. Kobach wants the Supreme Court to … Continue reading

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Breaking: Senate Confirms 3 Commissioners to the Election Assistance Commission

After years of the United States Election Assistance Commission having NO commissioners, tonight in a flurry of activity the Senate confirmed the following three members of the EAC: Thomas Hicks, Matthew Masterson, and Christy McCormick. These are two Republican-chosen commissioners … Continue reading

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Breaking: 10th Circuit, in Major Voting Case, Rejects Kansas and Arizona Citizenship Proof Requirement

You can read the unanimous 10th Circuit opinion in Kobach v. U.S. EAC, reversing the lower court, at this link.  Kansas and Arizona tried to force the federal government to require those who register to vote using a simple federal … Continue reading

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“Senate Rules Committee to Take Up Election Agency Nominees After Recess”

Bloomberg BNA: “The Senate Rules and Administration Committee is expected to consider two Republican nominees to the Election Assistance Commission sometime after Congress returns in September from a five-week recess. Movement toward Senate confirmation of the nominees could put the … Continue reading

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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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