Are Justice Breyer or Justice Gorsuch in Play in the Ohio Voter Purge Case, Will the Justices Divide Along Familiar Party Lines, or Is It All Kennedy Again?

Today the voting wars reached the Supreme Court, which heard oral argument in Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute, a case which concerns an Ohio law which makes it relatively easy to remove voters from the rolls. While there might … Continue reading

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“White House Official Says Voter Fraud Panel Found Nothing, Will Delete Voter Data”

HuffPost: A White House official told a federal judge Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission plans to delete the voter data it collected from about 20 states and contradicted the administration’s public statements saying the Department of Homeland Security … Continue reading

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Breaking: Court Ends Consent Decree Against RNC “Ballot Security” Activities, Raising New Risks of Voter Suppression

As I expected, a federal district court has ended a consent decree in place since 1981 against the Republican National Committee against so-called “ballot security” measures which seemed aimed at suppressing minority voter turnout. I recently explained in Slate why … Continue reading

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Federal Court Denies Summary Judgment in ACLU’s Proof of Citizenship Claim Against Kansas/Kobach, With Case Going to Trial in March

Opinion (via Jessica Huseman): The scope of this Court’s summary judgment Order is narrower than the parties sought in their briefing. The Tenth Circuit provided the framework within which Plaintiffs’ Count 1 preemption claim under § 5 of the NVRA … Continue reading

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Pence-Kobach Fraudulent Fraud Squad Will Meet Again in January, But That’s News to at Least One Commission Member

Topeka Capital-Journal: President Donald Trump’s controversial commission on election integrity should meet again in January after being delayed for months because of eight lawsuits demanding its staff’s time, the group’s de facto leader, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said … Continue reading

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Trump DOJ Sides with Texas Again in Voter ID Case, Opposing Plaintiffs’ Motion to Lift Stay in Case

DOJ filing: The United States opposes private plaintiffs-appellees’ motion to lift the stay pending appeal that the motions panel entered on September 5, 2017. The parties’ merits briefs and oral argument before this Court only reinforce the strong likelihood that … Continue reading

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After DNC Takes Sean Spicer Deposition About Violation of Consent Decree in RNC v. DNC Case, DNC Wants More Discovery and RNC Wants Court to Acknowledge Consent Decree Over

Following he Spicer deposition, we see these two post-deposition letters from the RNC.  In the second, the RNC writes: The RNC believes that a mere reading of the deposition transcript will refute the DNC’s assertions, which range from wholly speculative to wishfully … Continue reading

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“Trump’s voter fraud commission plans to create a massive voter database. Former national security officials say it could be hacked.”

WaPo: More than a half-dozen technology experts and former national security officials filed an amicus brief Tuesday urging a federal court to halt the collection of voter information for a planned government database. Former national intelligence director James R. Clapper Jr., one … Continue reading

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Update on DNC v. RNC Consent Decree: “Judge allows DNC to depose Spicer on election night activities”

Politico: A federal judge said Wednesday that he’ll allow the Democratic National Committee to depose Sean Spicer, the former Republican National Committee communications director and White House spokesman, on whether he violated a 35-year-old consent decree barring the RNC from engaging in … Continue reading

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