“Trump spreads new lies about foreign-backed voter fraud, stoking fears of a ‘rigged election’ this November”

CNN: Reeling after a weekend campaign rally with lower-than-expected turnout, President Donald Trump changed the subject Monday morning with a series of widely debunked lies about alleged voter fraud in US elections, stoking fears of a “rigged election” this November.Trump tweeted … Continue reading

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Two Republican EAC Commissioners on “True the Vote” Podcast: “U.S. Election Assistance Commissioners Join Voter Suppression Group to Discourage Mail-In Voting”

Alex Kotch: In late May, two Republican members of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission used a podcast produced by True the Vote, a right-wing voter suppression group, to cast doubt on the security of mail-in voting for the upcoming November 2020 elections.The Election … Continue reading

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“The Damage of Trump’s Voter-Fraud Allegations Can’t Be Undone; A new study suggests that even fact-checking the president’s false claims won’t restore confidence in elections.”

David Graham in The Atlantic: It’s too early to say who will win the 2020 presidential election, but there’s a good chance that one loser will be faith in the electoral system. President Donald Trump is alleging—as he did four … Continue reading

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“Law Enforcement Files Discredit Brian Kemp’s Accusation That Democrats Tried to Hack the Georgia Election; Kemp’s explosive allegation, just days before the closely contested 2018 election, drew wide attention. But newly released documents show that there was no such hack.”

Pro-Publica and the AJC report: It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking … Continue reading

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Forces Behind Conservative Judicial Nominations Network, Including the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo and Judicial Crisis Network’s Carrie Severino, Join the Fraudulent Fraud Squad with the “Honest Elections Project”

So much for principled conservatism. New reporting from The Guardian and Open Secrets: A powerful new conservative organization fighting to restrict voting in the 2020 presidential election is really just a rebranded group that is part of a dark money … Continue reading

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RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Tries to Play the “Even Liberal Election Law Expert Rick Hasen” Card

Oh boy: I've also written: Trump Is Wrong About Dangers of Absentee Ballots: https://t.co/Q6oHbhXjMWand Trump’s bogus attacks on mail-in voting could hurt his supporters, toohttps://t.co/uCUcnRcbQu andHow Republicans are using the pandemic to suppress the votehttps://t.co/nY716rEmQE https://t.co/uOfarxvyFz— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) May … Continue reading

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“Trump’s bogus attacks on mail-in voting could hurt his supporters, too; The president is undermining democracy. He could also be undermining his own campaign.”

I have written this piece for the Washington Post. It begins: On Wednesday morning, President Trump threatened to withhold aid from Michigan and Nevada because of purportedly illegal activity related to absentee ballots. In reality, the states are doing nothing illegal — they are … Continue reading

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“Trump Steps Up Attacks on Mail Vote, Making False Claims About Fraud; President Trump threatened to withhold federal funding for Michigan and Nevada if the states moved forward in expanding vote by mail.”

NYT:  President Trump on Wednesday escalated his assault against mail voting, falsely claiming that Michigan and Nevada were engaged in voter fraud and had acted illegally, and threatening to withhold federal funds to those states if they proceed in expanding vote-by-mail … 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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Republicans on House Administration Committee Release Report on “Ballot Harvesting” That Comes Up with Zero Wrongdoing in California (But Is Full of Unsupported Innuendo)

At one point they try to tie California activities to the illegal activities in North Carolina (which benefitted the Republican candidate). Really if this is the best you can do, why bother? (And I say this as someone who opposes … Continue reading

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“A Conservative Legal Group Significantly Miscalculated Data in a Report on Mail-In Voting; President Trump touted a new report on voter fraud, but ProPublica found a critical error with the data. Even with the correction, experts say the report is misleading.”

ProPublica: In an April report that warns of the risks of fraud in mail-in voting, a conservative legal group significantly inflated a key statistic, a ProPublica analysis found. The Public Interest Legal Foundation reported that more than 1 million ballots … Continue reading

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Breaking: In Major Decision Rejecting Kris Kobach’s Claims of Massive Voter Fraud, Tenth Circuit Unanimously Holds Kansas’s Documentary Proof of Citizenship Requirement to Register to Vote Violates Constitution and Federal Law

In a major ruling, a 10th Circuit panel (consisting of 2 judges, as a third judge on the panel had passed away), a Tenth Circuit panel has held that a Kansas anti-voting law championed by former Secretary of State Kris … 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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John Lott Argues Against Extended Mail-in Voting By Citing Old Jimmy Carter Report and Some Anecdotes, Without Weighing Costs of Holding Only In-Person Voting During a Pandemic

John Lott’s WSJ piece is exactly what you’d expect from him: long on fear mongering and failure to grapple seriously with evidence. I wrote about the complexity of the question, the rarity of absentee ballot fraud, and the compelling need … Continue reading

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Here’s True the Vote drawing a purported distinction between supposed dangerousness of mail balloting and the “voter fraud protections provided in in-person and absentee voting.”

And don’t miss Jim Bopp referring to “Democrat Politicians.” The distinction they are drawing reminds me of this from Petri Dishes: “An absentee ballot is cast by a Republican, whereas a mail-in vote is sent by a Democrat.” … Continue reading

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