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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…

2.May, 2019 Comments Off on Overview: House Oversight and Reform Hearing “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices”

Overview: House Oversight and Reform Hearing “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices”

Yesterday, the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing titled “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices”. The Subcommittee featured testimony from four witnesses: Dale Ho of the ACLU, Leigh M. Chapman of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,…

24.Apr, 2019 Comments Off on Ballot Integrity Measures Being Cast as Suppression in Key States

Ballot Integrity Measures Being Cast as Suppression in Key States

National Public Radio’s recent article on election reforms in traditionally conservative states demonstrates a fundamental media bias against strengthening the protection of the ballot box, at a crucial moment when Americans’ trust in their ballot being counted is in jeopardy.   Highlighting the reforms in states such as Texas, Tennessee,…

19.Apr, 2019 Comments Off on State Legislators Pushing Changes to Absentee Balloting

State Legislators Pushing Changes to Absentee Balloting

Heading into the 2020 election, statehouses across the nation are increasing legislative activity promoting election “fixes”. Florida, Delaware, and Iowa are examples of states that have recently considered significant legislation changing the electoral processes.   Florida’s proposal, SB7088 and it’s counterpart, HB 7101, would “prohibit supervisors from mailing out ballots…

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…

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…

21.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Senate Rules and Administration Committee Hearing on Election Security

Senate Rules and Administration Committee Hearing on Election Security

On June 20, 2018, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee held a hearing on election security preparations that are being made at the local and state level. The committee heard witness testimony from state and local officials, along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Matt Masterson….

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…