Ohio Secretary of State Rescinds Order, County Election Boards Can Set Up Expanded Early Voting

By: Monday September 10, 2012 12:21 pm

We last left this saga of Jon Husted, the Secretary of State of Ohio, with him sending a directive to boards of elections in Ohio telling them to stop preparations for early voting on the last week of the election. This relates to a federal court ruling that restored early voting at those times. This [...]

Pennsylvania Not Equipped to Handle Voter ID Crush

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 7:35 am

As Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says today, Pennsylvania’s voter ID law is a solution in search of a problem. Incidents of voter fraud, outside of Republican candidates for office, are non-existent. And yet this law has been airdropped into the general election, with shifting guidelines for eligible IDs and standards at the voting booth. It’s [...]

In Voter ID Lawsuit, Pennsylvania Admits They’ve Never Prosecuted or Investigated Voter Fraud

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 6:58 am

With Wisconsin’s voter ID law tied up in court, and Indiana trending in the Republican direction after a 2008 Obama victory, the only state which will have a strong voice in the Presidential election that has a voter ID law on the books is Pennsylvania. There, at least 750,000 voters currently don’t have the necessary [...]

South Carolina Will Sue DoJ Over Voter ID Law

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 10:53 am

I’m not terribly concerned about the potential Senate Republican lawsuit over President Obama’s recent recess appointments. I am substantially more concerned about this challenge from South Carolina over their voter ID law, yet another challenge to the pre-clearance provisions in Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. South Carolina will sue the administration of President [...]

Gingrich Mistaken: The Problem Lies in the Broken Campaign Finance Process Itself

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 11:35 am

The big story for the 1,500 media members scurrying around Iowa trying to find something for cable news to shout about for the next few hours is that Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney a liar. Specifically, Gingrich accused Romney of illegal coordination with the Super PACs that firebombed Newt’s candidacy with negative ads in Iowa. [...]

Iowa GOP Borrowing Cheney’s Undisclosed Location for Caucus Ballot-Counting

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 12:15 pm

Concerned about a nonexistent threat to the integrity of the caucuses, the Iowa Republican Party will move their ballot-counting operation to an “undisclosed location.” The state party has not yet told the campaigns exactly where the returns will be added up, only that it will be off-site from the Iowa GOP’s Des Moines headquarters. The [...]

Justice Department Rejects South Carolina Voter ID Law

By: Saturday December 24, 2011 9:17 am

The Justice Department, under the authority granted to them by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, rejected a voter ID law from South Carolina, making good on a promise to exercise vigilance on voting rights as we near the 2012 elections. Per the Voting Rights Act, DoJ must pre-clear changes to election law in [...]

Indiana Judge Rules Republican Secretary of State “Ineligible to Serve”

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 2:25 pm

So here’s a wild end-of-the-year situation: Charlie White, the Secretary of State of Indiana, has been ruled ineligible to serve by a judge in Marion County. White has been battling charges that he was illegally registered to vote at the wrong address. In other words, he would be the most high-profile perpetrator of voter fraud [...]

Scott Walker Finds Antidote to Recall – Make the Recall Process More Difficult

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 6:55 am

Calvinball in Wisconsin continues. After the successful recall of two Republican state Senators, the next target by the youth/labor/progressive alliance in the state is Scott Walker. Under Wisconsin law, petitioners have to wait until Walker has been in office a year to submit a recall petition. This gives Walker and his cronies in the legislature [...]

ALEC – The Organization Rewriting State Laws Across the Country

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 11:53 am

Since the 2010 election, conservative legislatures in practically every state have almost immediately plunked down a spate of bills with a very unified focus, attacking unions, Planned Parenthood, and cherished social programs. If you have wondered about the shelf where all this legislation sits and waits for conservatives to marshal their numbers, it’s located at [...]

Wisconsin: State Panel Delays Certification of Recalls Against Dem Senators, Citing Fraud Allegations

By: Monday May 30, 2011 9:41 am

So here’s a new wrinkle for the recall saga in Wisconsin. Three of the elections against state Senate Republicans have already been certified. There is a hearing scheduled this week to deal with challenges to the other six – three against Republicans, three against Democrats. But the Government Accountability Board has delayed the decision on [...]

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