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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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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“Civil Rights Groups Sue Tennessee Over New Law That Puts Voter Registration Drives At Risk”

HuffPost: Civil rights groups sued Tennessee on Thursday over a controversial new law that will subject voter registration groups to potential fines and criminal penalties, saying the measure is unconstitutional, vague and will intimidate people from helping others sign up to vote. … Continue reading

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Georgia Secretary of State’s Spokesperson Calls Judge Totenberg’s Conclusions About the Unconstitutionality of Georgia’s Voting Systems “Silly and Unfounded”

AP: Totenberg cited a “mountain of voter testimony showing that these vulnerabilities have a tangible impact” on voters’ attempts to cast a ballot and have their vote counted.The plaintiffs provided statements from 137 Georgia voters, two county poll workers and … Continue reading

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EAC Commissioner Christy McCormick Gives Presentation Arguing Against Automatic Voter Registration, Suggesting It Violates the 1st Amendment and Raises “Security Concerns” About People Registering to Vote

I understand that this presentation (backup version here) at NCSL raised some eyebrows. In my view, there is no good First Amendment argument against automatic voter registration, because any voter can choose not to register if they desire. This is … Continue reading

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Must-read Politico Deep Dive into Brian Newby, a Kobach Protege Who is Causing Major Problems with Election Administration as Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Read this quite damning portrait:  A tiny federal agency that plays a crucial role in assisting the nation’s local election supervisors is gripped by a leadership crisis that hassparked concerns that it is unprepared to play its role in protecting … Continue reading

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“The Technology 202: Republicans make alleged conservative bias top priority at election security hearing”

WaPo: Google, Facebook and Twitter executives came to Capitol Hill to testify about election security. Instead they faced a grilling about whether their platforms are biased against conservatives.A string of Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee skipped questions about how … Continue reading

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Must Read from Tierney Sneed: Ginni Thomas, Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Discussed Anti-“Voter Fraud” Campaign in Virginia Which Could Have Intimidated Minority Voters

Scoop from Tierney Sneed at Talking Points Memo (you’ve got to read the whole thing): Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, wanted to “target” the “most questionable” precincts in Virginia with an anti-voter … Continue reading

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