“Top DFLers, state party defend law that permits Trump-only GOP primary ballots”

The real story isn’t that state party officials are defending state party associational rights under the First Amendmetn (even if they also benefit opposing parties).  The real story is the practical recognition that litigation now begins to creep up on … Continue reading

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Quantitative election administration studies: early voting and polling place location

Two studies newly published in the latest issue of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics series: Ethan Kaplan and Haishan Yuan, Early Voting Laws, Voter Turnout, and Partisan Vote Composition: Evidence from Ohio We estimate effects of early voting on … Continue reading

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Must-Read: Trump Advisor in Wisconsin Says “Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places,” Promises More Aggressive Poll Watching Following Expiration of Consent Decree Against RNC Activities [Now updated with audio]

AP: One of President Donald Trump’s top re-election advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states but will be able to “start playing offense” in 2020 … Continue reading

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Breaking: Just Days After Rejecting Tennessee’s Motion to Dismiss, Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against State’s Strict Rules for Conducting Voter Registration Drives

This is a big deal, and no surprise given the earlier ruling (except that it came very quickly after the rejection of the motion to dismiss). The real question is whether the Sixth Circuit, which is becoming increasingly conservative, will … Continue reading

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Texas: “Gov. Greg Abbott names new secretary of state months after botched voter roll review”

Texas Tribune: After losing his last chief election officer over a botched review of the state’s voter rolls, Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday appointed a new secretary of state: Ruth Ruggero Hughs.Ruggero Hughs is moving from the Texas Workforce Commission, which she … Continue reading

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“Civil Rights Groups Sue Tennessee Over New Law That Puts Voter Registration Drives At Risk”

HuffPost: Civil rights groups sued Tennessee on Thursday over a controversial new law that will subject voter registration groups to potential fines and criminal penalties, saying the measure is unconstitutional, vague and will intimidate people from helping others sign up to vote. … Continue reading

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Georgia Secretary of State’s Spokesperson Calls Judge Totenberg’s Conclusions About the Unconstitutionality of Georgia’s Voting Systems “Silly and Unfounded”

AP: Totenberg cited a “mountain of voter testimony showing that these vulnerabilities have a tangible impact” on voters’ attempts to cast a ballot and have their vote counted.The plaintiffs provided statements from 137 Georgia voters, two county poll workers and … Continue reading

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EAC Commissioner Christy McCormick Gives Presentation Arguing Against Automatic Voter Registration, Suggesting It Violates the 1st Amendment and Raises “Security Concerns” About People Registering to Vote

I understand that this presentation (backup version here) at NCSL raised some eyebrows. In my view, there is no good First Amendment argument against automatic voter registration, because any voter can choose not to register if they desire. This is … Continue reading

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