Ohio Provisional Ballots Case a Win for Voting Rights Activists, but Gerrymandering Still Stunts Potential Democratic Gains

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 2:05 pm

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has delivered one of the last remaining blows to voter suppression efforts across the country. And this one cements the near-clean sweep for voting rights advocates in litigation. Today, the Sixth Circuit ruled that Ohio, a pivotal state in the Presidential race, must count all provisional ballots where voters [...]

Rep. Cummings Asks True the Vote for Documents About Voter Registration Challenges

By: Friday October 5, 2012 12:23 pm

I’ve written previously about the Texas-based Tea Party group “True the Vote” involving themselves in voter suppression efforts in swing states. Some state laws allow any individual to challenge another’s voting status, and this has been put to use by True the Vote’s spinoff organizations in Ohio and at least three other states, to a [...]

Pennsylvania Voter ID Halted, But in Very Narrow Fashion UPDATED

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 8:05 am

A Pennsylvania Commonwealth court judge has delayed enforcement of the state’s voter ID law for the November election, ruling that the difficulty experienced by voters trying to obtain a valid ID made disenfranchisement too likely. However, despite the injunction, poll workers will still be able to ask for ID from voters, and voters without ID [...]

Voter Registration Fraud Scandal Forces Republicans to Shut Down Swing State Registration Efforts Two Weeks Early

By: Monday October 1, 2012 9:11 am

I’ve been watching the Nathan Sproul follies with some amusement. He’s the head of the company, Strategic Allied Consulting, that is accused of engaging in voter registration fraud in at least 9 Florida counties. I remember Sproul from my days covering California, where he ran the same type of games in the last decade, including [...]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Returns Voter ID Case to Lower Court; Must Enjoin Law if It Could Result in Disenfranchisement

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 10:58 am

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has returned the controversial voter ID law back to the Commonwealth Court for review in a move that could put an end to voter ID in the state for the year. The initial reports claimed that the state Supreme Court threw out voter ID, but actually they just remanded it back [...]

Pennsylvania Voter ID Case Heard Before State Supreme Court

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 9:35 am

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law got debated in the state Supreme Court today. Despite the fact that the state admits there have been no recent prosecutions or even investigations of in-person voter fraud, the state passed a restrictive voter ID law that critics say could disenfranchise up to 750,000 eligible voters in a state with few [...]

South Carolina Voter ID Case Going Poorly for the State

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 10:21 am

Another court case is taking a run at the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5, which gives the Justice Department pre-clearance authority over any voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination. We already saw Section 5 upheld when a federal court struck down the Texas redistricting maps because of their discriminatory and [...]

Voter ID Laws Solve No Existing Problem

By: Monday August 6, 2012 8:55 am

Rick Hasen points out how, even if voter fraud were a problem (it isn’t), voter ID laws would be no kind of solution. There are several types of voter fraud, according to the most fervent promoters of it. You have voter registration fraud, when someone sends in a bunch of fake names and registers them [...]

Voter ID Hearing Closes in Pennsylvania

By: Friday August 3, 2012 12:59 pm

The hearing in the Pennsylvania voter ID case, easily the most important voting rights case before the election, wrapped up in Harrisburg yesterday. Dave Weigel was there, and filed this report on the state’s argument: Their 800-pound ally: Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, the 2008 Supreme Court decision that saved Indiana‚Äôs voter ID law. [...]

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 [...]

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