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15.Aug, 2019 Comments Off on California’s Motor Voter Program Fraught with Errors

California’s Motor Voter Program Fraught with Errors

California’s quest to be the nation’s benchmark for automatic (mandatory) voter registration was dealt a blow thanks to a recent audit highlighting issues with its perpetually plagued motor voter program.    The audit, released Friday by the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, showed that almost 84,000 duplicate voter registrations were on…

18.Jul, 2019 Comments Off on West Virginia and New York Join Growing List of States Experiencing Issues with Automatic Voter Registration

West Virginia and New York Join Growing List of States Experiencing Issues with Automatic Voter Registration

As the debate surrounding automatic (or mandatory) voter registration continues ahead of the 2020 elections, interesting developments in two states highlight the underlying issues behind these drastic “reforms”. 18 states and the District of Columbia have adopted AVR, and in doing so, cases of illegible voters being added to the…

28.Jun, 2019 Comments Off on House Passes Partisan Election Security Bill Stripping States of Autonomy

House Passes Partisan Election Security Bill Stripping States of Autonomy

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, after a highly contentious display of partisanship in the Committee on House Administration, right as our Nation is faced with continuing threats to our elections. While all indicators point to this legislation having little…

13.Jun, 2019 Comments Off on Arizona’s Establishment of Electoral Integrity Unit Highlights Rare Bipartisan Consensus

Arizona’s Establishment of Electoral Integrity Unit Highlights Rare Bipartisan Consensus

In the wake of the 2018 Senate election in Arizona, politicians  grew concerned of the status quo of safeguards protecting voters, protecting ballots, and protecting the overall electoral process in the state. Over the course of the election and the post-mortem analysis, a number of inconsistencies in the process startled…

31.May, 2019 Comments Off on Supreme Court May Weigh in on Partisan Gerrymandering Fight

Supreme Court May Weigh in on Partisan Gerrymandering Fight

Last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a temporary stay on the redrawing of legislative maps in Ohio and Michigan. Ohio’s lower court decision, by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, sought to redraw 16 Congressional districts prior to the 2020 election. The…

22.May, 2019 Comments Off on Congressional Hearing Highlights Importance of Federal-State Partnerships in Election Cybersecurity

Congressional Hearing Highlights Importance of Federal-State Partnerships in Election Cybersecurity

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing, “Securing U.S. Election Infrastructure and Protecting Political Discourse”. While partisan chatter often dominates the discussion on securing our elections from cyberattacks, industry leaders and agency officials had the opportunity to present a fact-based review of the steps required to…

30.Jan, 2019 Comments Off on House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on HR 1

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on HR 1

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on HR 1.  Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation testified (internal citations omitted): In summary, many of the provisions of H.R. 1 are clearly unconstitutional. Others are redundant and unnecessary, covering areas and issues where existing federal law is more than…

17.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on In partisan move, Illinois Senate ignores necessary changes by Gov. Rauner to automatic voter registration

In partisan move, Illinois Senate ignores necessary changes by Gov. Rauner to automatic voter registration

The Daily Northwestern reports that the Illinois Senate voted 38-18 to override the veto of Governor Bruce Rauner to the automatic voter registration bill.  Governor Rauner called the legislation as originally drafted “injurious” to the Illinois election system. The veto had included slight changes to the bill to conform to federal law and ensure…

16.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Ongoing SBI investigation into Durham NC election office handling of provisional ballots

Ongoing SBI investigation into Durham NC election office handling of provisional ballots

In North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the mishandling of more than 1,000 provisional ballots during the March primary.  According to an interim report ballots were being counted twice and election officials presented the vote count as true when it was wrong.  The fraud investigation is in Durham the same…

14.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on North Carolina Tight Race for Governor: McCrory Campaign prepares for “extended contest”

North Carolina Tight Race for Governor: McCrory Campaign prepares for “extended contest”

The media is reporting that Pat McCrory, the incumbent Governor of North Carolina, is preparing for a recount and “extended contest” of irregularities in the counting of ballots in Durham County.  According to local media, a complaint for recount was filed to review 90,000 ballots in Durham County that had multiple issues on…