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17.Oct, 2019 Comments Off on SHIELD Act Would Harm Free Speech, Not Limit Foreign Influence

SHIELD Act Would Harm Free Speech, Not Limit Foreign Influence

Yesterday, the House Administration Committee held a markup of H.R. 4617, the “SHIELD Act”, which serves in part as the House counterpart to the Senate’s “Honest Ads Act”. While the House Administration Committee has made election security reforms one of their top priorities this Congress, the majority continues to introduce…

11.Oct, 2019 Comments Off on Elections Expert Cites Vote Harvesting as Major Threat to Election Integrity

Elections Expert Cites Vote Harvesting as Major Threat to Election Integrity

A recent study published by Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation cites vote harvesting as one of the preeminent threats to the integrity of U.S. elections. Currently, 27 states plus the District of Columbia allow third parties, including politically motivated interest groups and consultants, to collect absentee ballots from…

3.Oct, 2019 Comments Off on Wisconsin Special Election Highlights Disregard for Rule of Law

Wisconsin Special Election Highlights Disregard for Rule of Law

When Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) resigned from the U.S House of Representatives on September 23rd, 2019, Governor Tony Evers set a date for a special election on January 27th, 2020 to fill the recently vacant 7th Congressional seat. Two Republican candidates have declared, which will trigger a primary, set by…

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…

20.May, 2019 Comments Off on House of Representatives Pushing Haphazard Election Overhauls

House of Representatives Pushing Haphazard Election Overhauls

Opponents of H.R. 1 were galvanized last week, as proponents of the legislation indicated their intentions to enact individual provisions of the law using a “piecemeal” strategy. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer highlighted this intention Thursday, catching opponents in the Senate off guard. Rather than focus on improving the security…