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9.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Missouri Passes Constitutional Amendment to Allow Voter ID

Missouri Passes Constitutional Amendment to Allow Voter ID

With 63% voting in favor, voters in Missouri passed a constitutional amendment that will allow the state to enact a law requiring photo ID to vote.  The amendment gives state constitutional approval to a bill passed earlier this year to require a photo ID.  With the passage of the constitutional…

9.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Maine Approves Ranked Choice Voting

Maine Approves Ranked Choice Voting

Voters in Maine narrowly passed Question 5, which will allow voters to rank their choice of candidates in future elections:   Maine residents have approved a ballot question that will allow voters to rank their choice of candidates. Under the election overhaul, ballots are counted at the state level in…

9.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Alaska Passes Form of Mandatory Voter Registration

Alaska Passes Form of Mandatory Voter Registration

Yesterday, voters in Alaska approved a ballot measure 65% to 35% that will automatically register Alaskans to vote when they apply for Alaska Permanent Fund distributions:   Ballot measure 1 would increase the number of registered voters in the state by automatically registering Alaskans when they apply for their PFDs. ….

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Ballot Selfies Now Allowed in Colorado

Ballot Selfies Now Allowed in Colorado

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has enjoined the enforcement of Colorado’s ban on ballot selfies in Hill v. Williams and Harlos v. Morrisey, though the decision could certainly still be appealed on an emergency basis:   U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello enjoined the Denver District Attorney’s…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Voter Fraud Not as Rare as Lightning Strike

Voter Fraud Not as Rare as Lightning Strike

As it turns out, despite liberals’ claims, it is not more likely that a citizen will be struck by lightning than affected by voter fraud (emphasis added):   [President Obama] just doesn’t think there is such a thing as election fraud. As he informed the assembled Floridians, “You are much likelier to…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Ballot Selfies Still Illegal in New York

Ballot Selfies Still Illegal in New York

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in Silverberg v. Board of Elections of the State of New York, refused to enjoin New York’s prohibition of ballot selfies, finding (internal citations omitted):   Plaintiffs’ important First Amendment rights must be reconciled with the cherished right to vote….

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Kobach Lacks Authority to Create Two-Tier Registration System

Kobach Lacks Authority to Create Two-Tier Registration System

The latest in the saga of litigation regarding Kansas’ proof of citizenship requirement for registering to vote was issued today by a Kansas state court in Brown v. Kobach.  The court found that Secretary of State Kris Kobach lacked the authority to establish a two-tier voter registration system, in response…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on 9th Circuit Rules Ballot Harvesting Allowed in Arizona This Election

9th Circuit Rules Ballot Harvesting Allowed in Arizona This Election

The latest in Arizona v. Feldman, the fast moving case regarding Arizona’s absentee ballot harvesting law: today, the en banc Ninth Circuit ruled that the law prohibiting absentee ballot harvesting is not in effect for this election.  The case will continue after the election, and the state could appeal to the Supreme Court for…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on 16 Election Issues to Watch

16 Election Issues to Watch

electiononlineWeekly posted a list of sixteen key issues to watch regarding the election:   Although millions of voters have already cast their ballots either through early voting, absentee voting or vote-by-mail, millions more will head to the polls on November 8 and cast their ballot for the 45th president of…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Weirdest Polling Places in America

Weirdest Polling Places in America

For a bit of Friday fun, here are some examples of the odd places Americans will be casting votes next Tuesday:   A years-long, cross-country look at the barbershops and dentists’ offices and pool halls where Americans vote. The range of locations, says Donnell, is testament to the diversity of…