Kansas Files Supreme Court Cert Petition in Schwab v. Fish (Formerly Fish v. Kobach), Seeking Right to Require Voters to Prove Their Citizenship with Birth or Naturalization Certificate Before Registering to Vote

The cert. petition is here. I wrote extensively about this case, and the lack of evidence that such a law is justified by a problem with noncitizen voting, in Election Meltdown. … 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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Politico Playbook: Republicans Opposed to More Election Funding Despite Massively Increased Covid-Related Costs for In-Person and Absentee Voting

This is distressing: THERE ARE A SET OF POLICY AREAS where stumbling blocks remain. DEMOCRATS want new money for the Postal Service, new money for elections and nearly $1 trillion for state and local governments. REPUBLICANS seem open to USPS money to address operational shortfalls, … Continue reading

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“Election Officials Are Vulnerable to Email Attacks, Report Shows Six jurisdictions used software that Russian spies have targeted in cyberattacks”

WSJ: Many of the thousands of county and local election officials who will be administering November’s presidential election are running email systems that could leave them vulnerable to online attacks, a new report has found.Cybersecurity vendor Area 1 Security Inc. tracked … Continue reading

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“Ranking Member Davis Sends Ten Oversight Election Letters To Problematic Localities”

Release:  Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today exercised the committee’s oversight role of federal elections by seeking to engage with localities where significant issues occurred during recent primaries and where voters are likely to face significant … Continue reading

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In Worrisome Decision, 11th Circuit Panel on 2-1 Vote Rejects Challenge to Alabama Voter Identification Law Without Allowing a Trial

You can find the opinion in Greater Birmingham Industries v. Alabama at this link. This opinion is very troubling because the majority held it was appropriate to grant summary judgment to the state of Alabama despite evidence that at least … Continue reading

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In Must-Read Piece on Dysfunction at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Jessica Huseman Reveals that Excellent Republican Commissioner Matt Masterson Was Forced Out by Von Spakovsky and EAC Commissioner McCormick for Being “Insufficiently Partisan”

In my 2012 book, The Voting Wars, I chronicled how Congress created the United States Election Assistance commission in 2002 after the debacle of 2000’s Bush v. Gore, how the agency started out with great promise as one that could … Continue reading

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“A democracy cannot rely on luck:” Crucial Norm Ornstein Column in The Atlantic: “The November Election Is Going to Be a Mess Disaster is avoidable—if lawmakers act now.”

Among Norm’s excellent suggestions: 1. Print a huge supply of absentee ballots and return envelopes. If state and local election officials can’t afford to do so, they can establish public-private partnerships, using resources from foundations, corporations, and others to get … Continue reading

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“National Security Leaders Urge Congress to Provide Election Officials with Additional Funds”

Brennan Center: Early this morning, 34 national security leaders — including Madeline Albright, Chuck Hagel, Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, Susan Rice, John Kerry, Leon Panetta, James Clapper, and Janet Napolitano — sent the letter here (full text and signers below) to congressional leaders on the urgent … Continue reading

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“In new guidance, CDC recommends alternatives in addition to in-person voting to avoid spreading coronavirus”

WaPo: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that voters consider alternatives to casting their ballots in person during upcoming elections, as states expand absentee and early voting options for November amid fears of spreading the coronavirus.The guidance was issued with … Continue reading

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