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December 16, 2019

Are Lawmakers Protecting Our Elections?

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. Hand-marked paper ballots and upgrades to our election infrastructure are vital to protecting our democracy,” Harris tweeted last week. We know that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election — not Ukraine, as Trump, Republicans, and Fox News will have you believe. We also know that...

December 9, 2019

Gerrymandering Prisoners

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 communities of color. If successful, this case could lay the groundwork for other fair maps advocates to challenge prison gerrymandering in the courts. What may seem like a small difference has sweeping consequences. States rely on census data to draw new legislative maps and allocate...

December 2, 2019

Campaign Finance Reform News

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 limit for individuals and banned corporations from directly contributing to campaigns in 2015 — one of the lowest limits in the country. The Ninth Circuit will reconsider whether the $500 limit violates Alaskans’ First Amendment right after not taking into consideration the Supreme Court’s 2006...

November 25, 2019

Yang’s Plan to Reform US Elections

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 Act that were struck down by the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder ruling, ban voter ID laws, pass same-day and automatic voter registration, and expand mail-in ballots and early voting Increase access to the ballot box and address the needs of populations with unique barriers by passing the...

November 18, 2019

Louisiana Dem Governor Re-elected

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 decades-old voting system. Last year Edwards refused to reinstate a voided multimillion-dollar contract to Dominion Voting Systems after election integrity experts recommended against purchasing their ballot-marking devices (BMD), which have been known to have numerous security flaws. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said in April...

November 11, 2019

Critical Local & State Election Results

Local and state elections were held this week, and although Democrats had historic victories, they would have had a much harder time winning had it not been for grassroots organizing to level the playing field and judicial wins. In Virginia... Democrats overcame years of gerrymandered districts to flip the state house. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling in July that left threw out the 2011 legislative maps after local activists filed a lawsuit because of racial gerrymandering, giving Democrats a fighting chance for the first time in years. In Tennessee... A federal judge blocked a law that placed restrictions on registering voters in Tennessee on Thursday,...

November 4, 2019

Election Integrity Weekly’s Launch Issue

With the 2020 presidential election a year away, adversaries of US democracy will spend that time finding new ways to gain improper advantages. WhoWhatWhy dedicates a significant amount of original reporting to election integrity and covers related topics that national outlets often overlook or neglect. By launching this weekly newsletter, we aim to keep you informed of who wants to undermine US democracy, what they are planning, why they are doing it — and what you can do about it.   Is Social Media Anti-Social? If it hasn’t been made clear already, a lot of people are unhappy with social...