“Tennessee voters were challenged at the polls for wearing Black Lives Matter and ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts, election official says”

WaPo: A poll worker in Memphis was fired last week after interfering with early voters who wore T-shirts and masks with slogans supporting Black Lives Matter, according to a Shelby County election official.Details about the incident remained unclear Tuesday, including … Continue reading

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“In last-minute push, DeSantis administration urges Florida election officials to remove felons who owe fines from voting rolls”

WaPo: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration delivered last-minute guidance to local election officials recommending measures that voting-rights advocates say could intimidate or confuse voters, the latest salvo in a pitched battle over who is able to cast ballots in a … Continue reading

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“Here’s Why Concerns About Absentee Ballot Fraud Are Overhyped; We analyzed a conservative foundation’s catalog of absentee ballot fraud and found no credible threat to the 2020 election.” (Heritage database)

Frontline dives into the Heritage Foundation Database: eila and Gary Blake didn’t want to miss elk hunting season. It was 2000, and the election conflicted with their plans, so the Wyoming couple requested absentee ballots.But the Blakes had moved from 372 … Continue reading

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Sixth Circuit Panel Unanimously Rejects Tennessee Attempt to Stay Easing of Pandemic Voting Restrictions for First-Time Voters, Citing Time and Reliance Interests of Voters (Tea Leaves on SCOTUS in PA?)

Order here: Here, the strength of the final three factors of the stay analysis outweigh any probability of defendants’ success on the merits. Partly from defendants’ own doing, the electoral calendar works against their request for a stay of the … Continue reading

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“In a 4-4 Split, the Supreme Court Lets Pennsylvania Make Voting Easier—For Now; The decision signals that Amy Coney Barrett will cast the deciding vote in any upcoming election disputes.”

I have written this piece for Slate. It begins: After a very long delay in an emergency election case, the shorthanded United States Supreme Court came to a 4-4 tie in an election law case out of Pennsylvania on Monday evening. While … Continue reading

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“We’re Living in the Shadows of a Bush v. Gore 2.0; The same people spending money to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court are also trying to suppress the vote.”

Dahlia Lithwick and I have written this piece for Slate. It begins: Nobody, aside perhaps from Judge Amy Coney Barrett, could have missed the implication of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s line of questions Wednesday about Barrett’s service in the army of GOP lawyers … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Republicans Refuse to Give State Election Officials Authority to Process Absentee Ballots Before Election Day, Running Risk of Count Taking a Few Weeks and The Election Hanging in the Balance

Unconscionable: Whoa.In an email, Pennsylvania House GOP says negotiations over allowing counties to start processing and counting ballots before Election Day are essentially dead.That keeps current law: Counties can’t open ballots until 7 a.m. Election Day.— Jonathan Lai 🙊 賴柏羽 … Continue reading

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5th Circuit Reverses District Court Order Which Would Have Made It Easier for Texas Voters to “Cure” Signature Mismatch; Case Shows Danger of Pursing These Cases with Increasingly Conservative Judiciary

You can find the opinion by Judge Smith (along with a concurrence by Judge Higgenbotham at this link. This case is a nice illustration of the dangers of bringing these suits seeking federal court orders easing voting during a pandemic. … Continue reading

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