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 [...]

Challenges to Conservative Voter Suppression Tactics Largely Successful in 2012

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 10:16 am

With the narrow, potentially confusing but generally beneficial ruling yesterday in the Pennsylvania voter ID case, the trend is confirmed: voting rights activists have successfully fended off a number of voter suppression tactics put forward by Republicans seeking to model the electorate to their benefit in 2012. The result, that Pennsylvanians will not have to [...]

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 [...]

Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Continue

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 1:00 pm

The Commonwealth judge in the Pennsylvania voter ID case will not rule today on the fate of the law. But even if the judge vacates the voter ID law for Pennsylvania, that does not end the spate of voter suppression efforts nationwide. In fact, two new efforts have just heated up. In Florida, Governor Rick [...]

Stories of Long Lines, Hurdles for Obtaining Voter IDs in Pennsylvania

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 10:14 am

We could see a decision today in a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court case over the state’s voter ID law. The state Supreme Court sent the case back down the Commonwealth court, explicitly asking that court to identify whether eligible voters without proper ID in the state had “liberal access” to a free ID card that would [...]

Pennsylvania Judge Hints at Injunction of Voter ID Law

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 9:45 am

The Commonwealth judge asked to further scrutinize the voter ID law in Pennsylvania to determine whether eligible voters can obtain IDs just dropped a huge hint about his expected ruling in the case. Yesterday, the judge, Robert Simpson, asked both counsels what an injunction of the law should look like. This ought to be seen [...]

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 [...]

New Hampshire Requires ID on Primary Day, Despite Law Not Yet in Effect

By: Friday September 14, 2012 9:35 am

The signs were everywhere. They told New Hampshire residents participating in Tuesday’s primary election to bring ID to the polls. There’s only one problem: voter ID was not required for the primary election in the state of New Hampshire. As Scott Keyes explains, the state did pass a voter ID law this year, over the [...]

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 [...]

Florida Essentially Gives Up on Voter Purge Efforts

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 10:56 am

The state of Florida has backed down in their attempts to purge voter-rolls of suspected non-citizens. In the settlement of a lawsuit with civil rights organizations, Florida has basically rolled back the entire voter purge, including their initial list of 2,600 “potential non-citizens,” which ended up netting exactly one non-citizen voter, out of the 8.3 [...]

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 [...]

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