“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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35 Groups Write Letter to EAC Director Newby to Withdraw Recent Letters Making It Harder to Register to Vote

Here’s the letter: The undersigned are a collection of good-government, disability rights, civil rights, and voting rights groups that work to protect the right of every eligible American to vote. We write now urging you to immediately withdraw your letters addressed … Continue reading

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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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