Reading Time: 11 minutes The White House shot down a critical election security bill ahead of the November midterms under the guise of federalist principles. Will our democracy pay the price for this dogmatic approach to states’ rights?
Reading Time: 7 minutes With non-US internet users barred from at least one of the electoral websites in the ultra-hot state of Georgia, it may be Georgians abroad — not would-be hackers — who are locked out.
Reading Time: 10 minutes For decades, conservatives have panned left-leaning judges for disregarding constitutional protocol to enact a “liberal agenda.” But history shows these critics should take a good look at their own side before rushing to judgement.
Reading Time: 7 minutes The decisions of federal courts have put an end to many voter suppression schemes cooked up by crooked politicians. But many of President Donald Trump’s nominees have troubling records when it comes to voting rights. Will they put partisan interests above the law?
Reading Time: 16 minutes One of the commission’s few Democrats tells WhoWhatWhy it was set up to restrict voting access from its inception. He believes President Donald Trump and its members are now trying to cover their tracks.
Reading Time: 7 minutes As the nation anxiously awaits the outcome of the Moore-Jones Senate race, a lawsuit says Alabama election procedures violate federal law and public record requirements.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Wisconsin was one of a handful of states to shock the nation when it bucked expert predictions and selected Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. A partial recount, which, as WhoWhatWhy documented, was plagued by problems, followed the nailbiter. For all the hoops that had to be jumped through to get that recount off Read More
Reading Time: 3 minutes Thanks to a bill’s “last minute” amendment, California counties no longer have to manually inspect ballots received after election night. It’s a setback for those seeking accountability in elections.
Reading Time: 1 minute Who ordered technicians at Kennesaw State University to wipe data servers of critical information that could have determined if Georgia’s Special Election to fill a vacant House seat — and the subsequent runoff in which Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat John Ossoff — were compromised by hackers?The servers were central to a lawsuit accusing numerous Read More
Reading Time: 7 minutes While experts are relieved to see some states finally taking cyber threats seriously, they say the nation as a whole still isn’t where it needs to be to prevent future interference by foreign or domestic forces.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The state is off to a good start after decertifying its highly vulnerable DRE voting machines. But it still has work to do if it wants truly secure elections.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The media went hard after President Donald Trump about his moral stance (or lack thereof) on Charlottesville. But they missed a chance to take him to task for disseminating his own “fake news.”After receiving broad, near-universal criticism for equating deadly violence perpetrated by white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA, with the response of counter-protesters, Trump decided Read More
Reading Time: 5 minutes DEF CON attendees remind us just how easy it is to bypass laughable voting machine safeguards. At least they got the mainstream media to cover this issue for once.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Wisconsin lawmakers want to cut longshot candidate’s requests for recounts to save time and money. But critics say that recounts represent our last safeguard against election error and fraud.
Reading Time: 12 minutes The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in Gill v. Whitford may be partisan gerrymandering’s most significant legal battle yet. Law professor Justin Levitt discusses why it matters, how we got here, and what we should expect.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The ACLU has submitted FOIA requests to prove Trump’s “Election Integrity” Commission has rigged its investigation in order to validate voter suppression tactics.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Sometimes a scandal can bring other hidden things to light. In the case of the disgraced former Alabama governor, we now learn that GOP rationalizations to close DMVs were indeed nothing but a ruse for a deliberate voter suppression effort.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Like so many important subjects, the future battle over improving our election system is about technical issues. Don’t let the geek factor throw you off: whether we emphasize accessibility for the disabled or a reliable paper trail is a very big deal for us all. The question is: Can we have it all?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Election integrity activists are at odds over whether raising too many concerns about the security of US elections did more harm than good.