Oct. 20 Event: “Navigating the Rapids: Swing State Secretaries and the 2020 Elections” (with Benson, Boockvar, and LaRose)

Havard’s Ash Center: As we approach the final weeks of the election campaign, Secretaries of State – particularly in swing states – face tremendous pressures as they fulfill their responsibilities to provide a smooth, inclusive, and safe election that delivers a … Continue reading

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Breaking: Federal District Court Rejects Trump Campaign Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Drop Boxes and Other Voting Rules, Finding Fraud Claims Speculative; Appeal Chances Slim

138-page opinion. It was pretty clear that’s where this one was heading, and I have serious doubts that the Trump campaign is going to do better if they try to appeal this up the appellate ladder. As I explained in … Continue reading

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Very Disappointing to See Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s Office Coordinating Policy on Voting with Noted Vote Suppressor Hans von Spakovsky

In the past I’ve found Secretary Frank LaRose of Ohio to be interested in bipartisan and commonsense approaches to election administration. He was one of the two keynotes (along with Michigan SOS Jocelyn Benson) at our February conference, “Can American … Continue reading

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“Foreign Hackers Cripple Texas County’s Email System, Raising Election Security Concerns”

ProPublica: The previously unreported attack on Hamilton illustrates an overlooked security weakness that could hamper the November election: the vulnerability of email systems in county offices that handle the voting process from registration to casting and counting ballots. Although experts … Continue reading

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Blockbuster Bart Gellman Atlantic Cover Story on Potential Election Meltdown Quotes Republican Sources Saying Trump Campaign May Try to Push State Legislators to Choose Presidential Electors Directly

Bart Gellman: There is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. As November 3 approaches, their screens … Continue reading

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Watch Archived Video of UCI Event, “Are U.S. elections rigged, broken or dependable? Lessons from Canada and Australia Offer Insights for Improvement” (featuring Yasmin Dawood, Graeme Orr, and me, with Victoria Jones)

Watch: This webinar, recorded on September 21, 2020, covers international perspectives relevant to the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election. Co-sponsored by The UCI Office of Global Engagement, UCI Law and the Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy, this … Continue reading

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In What I Consider to Be Among the Most Important Election Law Cases Before the November Election, Trump Campaign Renews Federal Challenge to Pennsylvania Voting Rules (with a Note on Nevada)

The federal case that had been put on hold pending the resolution of a parallel case in the Pa Supreme Court is now back on following the Pa. Supreme Court’s resolution of related state law claims. Here’s the Trump Campaign’s … Continue reading

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Michigan Court Allows Third Party Collection of Absentee Ballots (So-Called “Ballot Harvesting”) in the Weekend Before Election Day, and Requires States To Accept Ballots Arriving Up to 2 Weeks After Election Day if Postmarked the Day Before

You can find the opinion here. I expect this will be appealed as have other Michigan fights over the ballot rules. One notable finding: One of the issues in this case concerns evidence—or lack thereof—of voter fraud and threats to … Continue reading

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“Wisconsin Elections Commission: 19 Reported Cases Of Possible Voter Fraud Over Nearly 2 Years”

WPR: The violations were: Seven reports of an undeliverable Election Day registration confirmation postcard.Four reports of an individual attempting to vote twice in the same election by trying to cast a ballot in two different municipalities.Three reports of an individual providing … Continue reading

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“Bring the Masks and Sanitizer: The Surprising Bipartisan Consensus About Safety Measures for In-Person Voting During the Coronavirus Pandemic”

Josh Douglas and Michael Zilis have posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Americans overwhelmingly support various safety measures at polling places for the November 2020 election. Issues like face mask requirements, social distancing, and sanitizing polling equipment … Continue reading

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“Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin decided the 2016 election. We’ll have to wait on them in 2020.”

Zach Montellaro for Politico: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are expecting huge surges in ballots cast by mail in 2020, like most states preparing to vote during the coronavirus pandemic. But all three Midwestern battlegrounds, which President Donald Trump flipped in … Continue reading

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