Wisconsin Update: What to Expect Today and Tomorrow. NOW UPDATED with Governor Evers Cancelling in Person Voting, Another Special Legislative Session, and Likely Litigation

The Wisconsin legislature ended the special session without taking action to postpone tomorrow’s primary. There will be in-person voting tomorrow, but it is not clear how badly turnout will be down. Last I heard, all but 5 of 180 polling … Continue reading

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GOP Seeks Supreme Court Stay of Federal Court Order Extending Time for Receipt of Absentee Ballots in Wisconsin Primary Affected by Covid-19; What Will SCOTUS Do?

You can find the filing at this link. As expected the Purcell Principle plays a major role in the argument here, the idea that courts should not make last minute changes in election rules because doing so could confuse voters … Continue reading

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“What Happens in November if One Side Doesn’t Accept the Election Results? How coronavirus could contribute to a 2020 election meltdown.”

I have written this new big piece for Slate. Some snippets: The November 2020 presidential election won’t be run perfectly—we have never had a perfect election conducted in this country or elsewhere—but the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic … Continue reading

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“Two more lawsuits filed over Wisconsin’s spring election seeking to change how and when people vote during coronavirus”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Wisconsin’s chaotic spring election got even more unpredictable Thursday as two new lawsuits were filed attempting to alter voting rules because of the coronavirus pandemic that has forced people to stay at home.The lawsuits — the third and fourth to … Continue reading

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“National Task Force on Election Crises Releases Guidance on How to Protect Elections in the Age of COVID-19”

Release via email: Today, the National Task Force on Election Crises released the first of several planned guides for how to respond to potential disruptions of the 2020 general election. The COVID-19 Election Guide, available here, addresses how state and local officials can … Continue reading

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“Mail voting could secure the November election. But can election officials make it happen in time?”

WaPo: The rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic has forced election officials to consider a sobering reality: The crisis could run headlong into November’s presidential election, and revamping America’s voting systems before then could be difficult and in some cases impossible.Even as they postpone … Continue reading

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“Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge has reinstated online voter registration in Wisconsin”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: A federal judge reinstated Wisconsin’s online voter registration system late Friday to help people find ways to participate in the April 7 presidential election amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wisconsin stopped allowing people to use the state’s online voter registration … Continue reading

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“Kentucky Republicans quietly tighten voter restrictions as US focuses on Covid-19”

Sam Levine: As states around the country enacted emergency measures to deal with the outbreak of coronavirus, Kentucky lawmakers quietly tightened and approved a new photo identification requirement that would make it harder to vote.Lawmakers eliminated a “catch-all” provision that allowed voters to give … Continue reading

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