Reading Time: 5 minutes While many states are taking voting machine vulnerabilities more seriously, others seem to ignore cybersecurity concerns as a rift emerges among election security advocates.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A few Oklahoma state senators want to offer residents “Make America Great Again”-themed license plates, a move that could violate campaign finance laws. Welcome to 2020… it’s going to be a bumpy ride. A Not-So-Happy Anniversary: This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark and controversial ruling in Citizens United. Ridiculous amounts of money Read More
Reading Time: 4 minutes Each election cycle, dark money groups and Super PACs are finding new ways to circumvent laws meant to keep them from coordinating with candidates.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Remember those files we shared with you last week? Well, we did some digging and found out that President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Federal Election Commission James “Trey” Trainor was also involved in gerrymandering schemes. Emails suggest that Trainor worked closely with the deceased GOP gerrymandering guru Thomas Hofeller and numerous local officials in Texas from 2011 Read More
Reading Time: 3 minutes Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the latest presidential candidate to unveil an election reform proposal to end the racial disparity in voting rights and expand access to the ballot box.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Congress on Thursday heard contradicting testimony from voting machine vendors and election security experts about the safety of paperless voting machines.
Reading Time: 4 minutes FEC nominee James “Trey” Trainor appears to have extensive ties to gerrymandering efforts that took place just weeks after Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was struck down.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Hofeller Files Return: We received a massive document dump over the weekend with thousands of files to review regarding the deceased GOP-gerrymandering guru Thomas Hofeller and his efforts to help draw districts that favor the Republican party. We’ll have more information to share about what exactly these files contain, but after an initial review, we’ve Read More
Reading Time: 8 minutes While more states move toward hand-marked paper ballots, others will keep using outdated voting machines that are hackable and known to have serious security flaws.
Reading Time: 3 minutes No More Voter ID… for Now: A federal court in North Carolina foiled the GOP-majority legislature’s effort to require photo ID for voting last week. The decision comes as the state chapter of the NAACP awaits a trial regarding its December 2018 lawsuit against this law. If successful, the voter ID requirement could be struck down Read More
Reading Time: 3 minutes Automatic Voter Registration Efforts Face Setbacks: The Massachusetts state legislature passed a bill in 2018 that would automatically register eligible voters once they interacted with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). But once voting rights advocates learned that the RMV was working to implement a more confusing version of what the legislature passed, they urged lawmakers Read More
Reading Time: 5 minutes A growing number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have said the Electoral College is undemocratic and needs to be replaced. But, with what?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is using the platform she established while running for president to make sure that every vote counts in 2020 — and that other countries stay out of US elections. “Russia attacked our elections to make Donald Trump president of the United States. They — and others — will try it again. Read More
Reading Time: 3 minutes Earlier this year, a federal court in Connecticut allowed the NAACP to proceed in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit to challenge a widely overlooked population impacted by gerrymandering: inmates. The plaintiffs in the case allege that prison gerrymandering — counting inmates in districts with prisons during the census instead of where that person last lived —particularly disenfranchises low-income and Read More
Reading Time: 4 minutes More college students are voting now than ever. Many of them prefer Democratic candidates, so GOP-controlled states are making it harder for them to cast ballots.
Reading Time: 4 minutes By counting inmates as residents of districts with prisons — rather than where they lived prior to their incarceration — rural communities often get federal funds they do not deserve. The NAACP now wants to put a stop to this practice.
Reading Time: 3 minutes It all started with an effort to get big money out of politics. Now, lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates might end up right back where they started. Last week, the Supreme Court remanded a Ninth Circuit Court ruling that upheld Alaska’s strict campaign finance laws for further review. The legislature passed a $500 contribution Read More
Reading Time: 3 minutes Ahead of the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in Georgia, a state that has been mired in election security concerns and faced allegations of voter suppression, 2020 candidate Andrew Yang revealed his plan to reform US elections and increase participation. Yang’s plan is four-pronged: Combat voter suppression by restoring key parts of the Voting Rights Read More
Reading Time: 7 minutes If you want to warn Georgia officials about election security problems, you better brace for retaliation.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will return to the governor’s mansion for another four years in what is being considered pushback against President Donald Trump, who stumped for his Republican challenger. Now, with just months before the 2020 presidential primary election, Edwards will need to work with state lawmakers and election officials to upgrade Louisiana’s Read More