Breaking: 7th Circuit, after 3 Year Delay, Decides Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID and Related Voting Provisions, in Short Unanimous Opinion, Upholding and Striking Down Some Parts of Law; This is Mostly a Loss for Voting Rights Plaintiffs

You can find the 27-page unanimous decision, with no explanation for the 3 year delay in this case, at this link. This is mostly a loss for the plaintiffs in these cases, as the appeals court rejected many (though not … Continue reading

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Bizarre Washington Examiner Article Posits Republican Fear That Democrats Will “Wield Voting Rights Like a Cudgel” After Georgia Primary Election Meltdown

Washington Examiner: Republican insiders in Georgia are warning after a balloting meltdown in Fulton County that Democrats could wield voting rights like a cudgel, galvanizing turnout this fall to defeat President Trump in the traditionally red state.Georgia Republicans blame problems … Continue reading

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Breaking: Federal District Court, in Sweeping Opinion, Holds That Texas Must Allow Voters Who Wish to Vote by Mail to Do So In Light of COVID, But The Opinion is Vulnerable to Reversal by 5th Circuit

In a sweeping opinion complete with lofty language and an odd choice of using Appendices, a federal district court has held that it would be unconstitutional to bar Texas voters who lack immunity from COVID-19 and wish to vote by … Continue reading

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Must-Read NYT: “Freed by Court Ruling, Republicans Step Up Effort to Patrol Voting; Officials seek to recruit 50,000 poll watchers and spend millions to fight voter fraud. Democrats say the real goal is to stop them from voting.”

NYT: Six months before a presidential election in which turnout could matter more than persuasion, the Republican Party, the Trump campaign and conservative activists are mounting an aggressive national effort to shape who gets to vote in November — and … Continue reading

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Today’s Must-Read on True the Vote: “Conservative Operatives Float Plan to Place Retired Military, Police Officers as GOP Poll Watchers on Election Day

Just wow from The Intercept: ON ELECTION DAY in November, some polling places could be patrolled by off-duty police officers and veterans, according to a plan hatched by Republican operatives.The idea is a reprisal of once-illegal Election Day “ballot security” intimidation … Continue reading

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The Biggest Problem with the Supreme Court’s Opinion in the Wisconsin Voting Case Was Not the Result (Which Was Still Wrong), But the Court’s Sloppiness and Nonchalance About Voting Rights and What That Means for November

There has been a ton of commentary on the Supreme Court’s split decision in the Wisconsin voting case, which reversed a district court order allowing absentee ballots received by April 13 whether or not they were postmarked by the April … Continue reading

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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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