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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…

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…

16.May, 2019 Comments Off on Senate Introduces Voting System Cybersecurity Act to Strengthen Elections

Senate Introduces Voting System Cybersecurity Act to Strengthen Elections

On Tuesday,  the Voting System Cybersecurity Act of 2019 was introduced into the United States Senate, demonstrating a bi-partisan commitment to securing our election administration and infrastructure. The legislation, if passed in both chambers, would add a representative of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to…

13.May, 2019 Comments Off on House Administration Committee Highlights Importance of Decentralization and Agreement on Election Vulnerabilities

House Administration Committee Highlights Importance of Decentralization and Agreement on Election Vulnerabilities

  On Wednesday, the Secretaries of State of Michigan and Alabama appeared before the House Administration Committee in order to advocate for increased funding and support to safeguard our elections against cyber attacks.   The hearing demonstrated that both sides of the political aisle are in agreement that cyberattacks pose…

8.May, 2019 Comments Off on New Election Proposals in Minnesota’s House Would Abandon Bi-Partisan Tradition

New Election Proposals in Minnesota’s House Would Abandon Bi-Partisan Tradition

Recent proposals to significantly alter elections in Minnesota have raised concerns from advocates of free and fair elections. Adherents of good governance in Minnesota have addressed that anything but bi-partisan, or non-partisan, fixes to the election laws would bring about a “partisan arms-race”, and thus, honored an unwritten tradition that…

3.May, 2019 Comments Off on Recent Judicial Opinions Override the Will of the People in Redistricting Battle

Recent Judicial Opinions Override the Will of the People in Redistricting Battle

As states look to strengthen their election systems heading into the 2020 election, federal courts are handing down rulings that could significantly distract from their efforts, if not alter the electoral landscape altogether. Among the recent rulings include orders to redraw district maps in Ohio, Mississippi, Michigan, and Maryland that…