From Wisconsin to Georgia to North Carolina to President Trump, some Republicans seem happy with depressed voter turnout due to the pandemic. It makes me worry a lot about November.

I have written this piece for the LAT. It begins: Even in a pandemic, some Republicans are looking to suppress the vote for partisan political advantage. But the biggest power plays may come in November, and they could threaten our … 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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“Top DFLers, state party defend law that permits Trump-only GOP primary ballots”

The real story isn’t that state party officials are defending state party associational rights under the First Amendmetn (even if they also benefit opposing parties).  The real story is the practical recognition that litigation now begins to creep up on … Continue reading

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Quantitative election administration studies: early voting and polling place location

Two studies newly published in the latest issue of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics series: Ethan Kaplan and Haishan Yuan, Early Voting Laws, Voter Turnout, and Partisan Vote Composition: Evidence from Ohio We estimate effects of early voting on … Continue reading

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Must-Read: Trump Advisor in Wisconsin Says “Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places,” Promises More Aggressive Poll Watching Following Expiration of Consent Decree Against RNC Activities [Now updated with audio]

AP: One of President Donald Trump’s top re-election advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states but will be able to “start playing offense” in 2020 … 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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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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