In Extensive Opinion, Federal District Court Holds Unconstitutional Florida Rule Dictating Ballot Order of Candidates Based on Winner of Governor’s Race

Based on social science of the “primacy effect” giving candidates listed first on the ballot a benefit, a federal district court has struck down Florida’s law dictating ballot order of candidates based on the winner of the last governor’s race … Continue reading

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“The Cybersecurity 202: Election vendors should be vetted for security risks, says watchdog group”

WaPo: The federal government should start vetting companies that sell election systems as seriously as it does defense contractors and energy firms, a top election security group argues in a proposal out this morning.Under the proposal from New York University’s Brennan Center … Continue reading

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“The Cybersecurity 202: Swing state election websites aren’t secure against Russian hacking, McAfee says”

WaPo: County election websites in two battleground states are highly vulnerable to hacking by Russia or another adversary that might seek to disrupt the 2020 vote by misleading voters about polling locations or spreading other false information. About 55 percent of county … Continue reading

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Today’s Must Read from Jessica Huseman in ProPublica: “The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It”

ProPublica: In the glare of the hotly contested 2018 elections, things did not go ideally for ES&S, the nation’s largest manufacturer of voting technology.In Georgia, where the race for governor had drawn national interest amid concerns about election integrity, ES&S-owned technology … 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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“DNC recommends scrapping Iowa’s virtual caucuses, Iowa Democratic Party chair insists Iowa will still be first”

Des Moines Register: Democratic National Committee officials said Friday they will recommend scrapping Iowa’s plan to hold virtual caucuses in 2020, citing substantial security threats. “We concur with the advice of the DNC’s security experts that there is no tele-caucus system … 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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