“The Trump campaign can’t have poll watchers at Philly satellite election offices, judge says”

Philly Inquirer: A Philadelphia judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s campaign does not have the right for poll watchers to observe activities inside the city’s new satellite election offices.The campaign sued the city last week, arguing its representatives should be permitted inside … Continue reading

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Federal District Court, While Excoriating Florida for Its Incompetence, Won’t Extend Registration Deadline After Last-Day System Crash

The court found that the burden on the state in keeping the system going outweighed the risk of disenfranchisement. The court’s order concludes: The state could have extended the registration deadline until midnight on October 6th, which would have given … Continue reading

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“Federal judge rules against voting-rights activists’ challenge of Ohio signature-matching rules on absentee ballot applications”

Cleveland.com:  A federal judge has ruled Ohio’s system of verifying signatures on absentee ballot applications is not burdensome enough to be struck down as illegal, rejecting arguments made by a coalition of voting-rights groups that sued the state.U.S. District Judge … Continue reading

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Breaking and Analysis: Federal Court Steps Aside for Now in Dispute over Drop Boxes and Other Pennsylvania Election Rules

In a thoughtful 37-page opinion, in one of the most closely watched pieces of litigation surrounding the conduct of the 2020 election, a federal court (Trump appointee Judge Nicholas Ranjan) has used Pullman abstention to decline to consider the Trump … Continue reading

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7th Circuit Affirms Order Easing Way for Libertarian Party and Others Onto the Illinois Ballot, After Illinois Elections Board Changed Its Mind

From the unsigned order: Once again in its appellate briefs the Board asks this court to reverse the district court’s decisions and permit the Board to determine the best options for balancing the, plaintiffs’ interests with the statutory ballot access … Continue reading

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“NC must give voters a chance to fix mail-in ballots before they’re thrown out, judge rules” (Link to ruling)

News & Observer: Fears of coronavirus endangering voters in North Carolina this fall — or potentially lowering voter turnout — aren’t enough to force the state to change many of its elections laws, a federal judge has ruled.However, U.S. District … Continue reading

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Breaking: Supreme Court, on Divided Vote, Refuses to Vacate Stay in Florida Felon Reenfranchisement Case, Meaning Potentially Hundreds of Thousands of Former Felons Reenfranchised by Florida Voters Won’t Get to Vote in November

With at least three of the Court’s four liberal Justices dissenting, the Supreme Court refused to intervene in a case involving Florida felon voting rights, with big implications for voting in November. The procedural path of this case is complex, … Continue reading

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Breaking: 7th Circuit, after 3 Year Delay, Decides Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID and Related Voting Provisions, in Short Unanimous Opinion, Upholding and Striking Down Some Parts of Law; This is Mostly a Loss for Voting Rights Plaintiffs

You can find the 27-page unanimous decision, with no explanation for the 3 year delay in this case, at this link. This is mostly a loss for the plaintiffs in these cases, as the appeals court rejected many (though not … Continue reading

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“Federal court tosses suit brought by Texas Democrats seeking to revive straight-ticket voting”

Texas Tribune: A federal judge on Wednesday threw out Democrats’ effort to reinstate the straight-ticket voting option in Texas.Siding with the state, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo found that Democrats lacked standing to challenge Texas Republicans’ decision to kill straight-ticket voting … Continue reading

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Federal Court Rejects Claim to Open More Kentucky Polling Places for Upcoming Primary with Most Voting Shifted to Absentee Balloting in Light of COVID-19

Opinion here. Josh Douglas thread starts here: BREAKING: KY denies plaintiff’s claim that having only one polling place on June 23 violates the Constitution and the Voting Right Act. 1/— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) June 19, 2020 … Continue reading

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