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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…

26.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Supreme Court Finds No Racial Gerrymandering in Abbott v. Perez, Except for One District

Supreme Court Finds No Racial Gerrymandering in Abbott v. Perez, Except for One District

On June 25, 2018, the Supreme Court in Abbott v. Perez overturned the lower court’s finding that the Texas legislature had gerrymandered legislative districts against Hispanic citizens when redrawing occurred in 2013 after the lower courts struck down the districts drawn in 2011. The Court ruled that the district court…

19.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Gerrymandering Cases

Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Gerrymandering Cases

On June 18, 2018 the Supreme Court finally gave its rulings for Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone. In Whitford, Democratic voters were suing over the way that the Republican held legislature drew legislative districts in Wisconsin. The voters claimed that the districts were drawn in a partisan way…

11.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Supreme Court upholds Ohio Voter Roll Maintenance law 5-4

Supreme Court upholds Ohio Voter Roll Maintenance law 5-4

On June 11, 2018 the Supreme Court ruled in Husted v. Philip Randolph Institute that Ohio did not act unconstitutionally when it passed a law that would assist the state in identifying voters who have moved from the state. The Ohio law stated that if a voter did not do…

18.Apr, 2018 Comments Off on Citizenship and the Census Teleforum with Dr. John Baker Jr.

Citizenship and the Census Teleforum with Dr. John Baker Jr.

Dr. John Baker Jr. recently spoke at a teleforum hosted by the Federalist Society and discussed the citizenship question on the 2020 US Census.   Here are three main takeaways from the teleforum:   Baker started the conversation by comparing the US Census with the American Community Survey (ACS) that…

29.Mar, 2018 Comments Off on Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in MD Gerrymandering Case:

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in MD Gerrymandering Case:

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Benisek v. Lamone, a case where Republican voters are suing Maryland over the way that Maryland’s 6th Congressional District was redrawn in 2011. The Los Angeles Times reports that many of the justices seemed to be concerned about how the district lines…

25.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Poll: 72% of Americans Very Concerned About Security of Elections

Poll: 72% of Americans Very Concerned About Security of Elections

Roll Call reports on an alarming number for both sides of the partisan aisle on the concern over the security of elections.   More than two out of every three U.S. citizens in a recent poll say they are very or somewhat concerned about the security of the nation’s electoral…

19.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on With early voting ongoing, ACLU sues to re-open voter registration

With early voting ongoing, ACLU sues to re-open voter registration

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the ACLU has sued to re-open voter registration despite the fact that early voting has started with long lines already forming as voters seek to get to their vote counted even though there are three weeks of early voting in Georgia.

19.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Appeals Court denies request for additional early voting in North Carolina

Appeals Court denies request for additional early voting in North Carolina

ABC News reports that a federal appeals court rejects the request for five North Carolina counties.  Read more at the link.

19.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Are Democrats Seeking to End Verification of Florida Voters?

Are Democrats Seeking to End Verification of Florida Voters?

Democrats have filed another lawsuit. Read the emergency motion and memorandum. While the push is definitely on by Florida counties to finish the last minute registration applications and HAVA verifications, the Democrats seek to rely solely on the voter bringing in appropriate photo ID for voters that are not verified under federal law.  Federal law requires…