In December 2022, I blogged about how state legislatures needed to take a look at how their existing election codes fit with the Electoral Count Reform Act. In particular, “States should be working backwards from that deadline to determine if their canvass, audit, recount, and contest procedures are able to take place in this tight window.” I tracked some changes in May 2023 as they were pending in states.
Today, the Wisconsin Senate, by a 31-1 vote, passed a major overhaul of how its canvassing, certification, and recount procedures happen, SB 852. Below the jump are the provisions to show how much tighter the process will be–no more languishing recounts or challenges as the state experienced in 2016 and 2020 (if the bill is ultimately signed into law). It’s greatly encouraging to see bipartisan consensus to expedite election procedures in response to the ECRA, especially in a “swing state” like Wisconsin.
Continue reading Near-unanimous Wisconsin Senate advances important bill responding to Electoral Count Reform Act
Compare what Justice Alito wrote about using disparate impact in the Voting Rights Act context in the Brnovich case with what he wrote today dissenting from denial of cert in Coalition of TJ.
Locked out of power on the Supreme Court and still playing catch-up against Republicans in the federal judiciary, Democrats are hoping to gain a political advantage on a less visible but still important playing field: the state courts.
After… Continue reading
Looking forward to this conversation
Feb. 21 at 5 pm PT:
Wisconsin Republicans lost their more than decade-long grip on control of the state Legislature Monday after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signed into law new electoral maps that reshape down-ballot races in this battleground state.
Evers signed a bill … Continue reading
At UCLA Law:
for in-person or virtual attendance.
Organized by the Promise Institute for Human Rights; co-sponsored by the Safeguarding Democracy Project
With introductions by Director of the International & Comparative Law Program, Jess Peake, the conversation will… Continue reading
The newest member of the San Francisco Elections Commission, a seven-member civilian body that oversees and creates policy for the city’s Department of Elections, isn’t legally allowed to vote.
Kelly Wong, an immigrant rights advocate, is believed to be… Continue reading
Happy President’s Day. Here’s a new Common Ground Democracy column
explaining why and how to apply the top-3 electoral system that Eric Maskin and I describe in our Project Syndicate column
to presidential elections. The key, as explained at the… Continue reading
Sen. Tim Scott, a potential running mate if Donald Trump
becomes the Republican presidential nominee, is treading carefully on questions about whether he would have certified the 2020 election
had he been vice president at that time.
On Jan.… Continue reading
Hong Le still remembers meeting a charismatic woman campaigning for San Francisco district attorney in 2003. In Cantonese, that woman’s name was 賀錦麗, which is pronounced Ho Gam-lai
and means “Congratulate Brocade Beautiful.”
Most Americans know her by another… Continue reading