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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…

13.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on US House Judiciary Committee hearing on US Census

US House Judiciary Committee hearing on US Census

On June 8, 2018, the United States House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Questions regarding the US Census.” The Committee heard testimony and feedback from witnesses who had opinions on a citizenship question being asked on the 2020 US Census.   Steve Marshall, the Alabama Attorney General, stressed the…

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…

6.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Virginia Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds The Drawing of 11 Districts

Virginia Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds The Drawing of 11 Districts

On May 31, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that 11 legislative districts did not violate Article II § 6 of the Constitution of Virginia. The challengers to the districts argued that the legislative districts that were drawn in 2011 violated that state constitution because they were not composed of…

25.May, 2018 Comments Off on California has Technical Difficulties With its New “Motor Voter” System

California has Technical Difficulties With its New “Motor Voter” System

Six weeks before its June 5 primary, California election officials are trying to solve errors to its voter database made by its new mandatory (automatic) voter registration system. According to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times, election officials in California claim that 77,000 voter records were impacted after…

18.May, 2018 Comments Off on Senate Intelligence Findings on Russian Targeting of Election Infrastructure During the 2016 Election

Senate Intelligence Findings on Russian Targeting of Election Infrastructure During the 2016 Election

On May 8, 2018 the Senate Intelligence Committee released a classified report about its initial findings on attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle and gave its recommendations. The report found that Russian interference efforts began as early as 2014 and lasted until the 2016 election. The Committee saw…

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…

21.Mar, 2018 Comments Off on Senate Intelligence Hearing on Election Security Shows Promise for Preventing Future Cyber Attacks on Federal/State Election Infrastructure

Senate Intelligence Hearing on Election Security Shows Promise for Preventing Future Cyber Attacks on Federal/State Election Infrastructure

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had a hearing today, questioning current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Executive Director of National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) Amy Cohen, and President-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Jim Condos (among others) on…

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…