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Jon Sherman
Jon Sherman is an attorney with the Fair Elections Legal Network. Previously, he litigated challenges to voter ID laws and other Voting Rights Act cases with the ACLU Voting Rights Project in Atlanta. Mr. Sherman has clerked in Phoenix, Arizona on the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in L.A. on the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Entries by Jon Sherman

The Original Voter Suppression Data: The Numbers Behind the 1965 Voting Rights Act

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 11:28 AM

After a long and difficult battle culminating in the Selma to Montgomery March, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was born 50 years ago today. Previous efforts had failed to curb racial discrimination in voting, but the VRA's passage marked the beginning of a new era. As we commemorate this singular...

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A Foreseeable Train Wreck in Arizona's Elections

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Today, the recount began in the race for Arizona's Second Congressional District seat, and as of now, challenger Martha McSally leads Rep. Ron Barber by a mere 161 votes. Elections that are this close dramatically underscore the need for fair rules that preserve every last validly cast vote. But in...

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What Wisconsin Has Been Fighting For

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:28 PM

UPDATE: On October 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Wisconsin's ID law. No ID is required to vote on November 4, 2014.

Let's be clear about what Wisconsin has been fighting for and now, absent intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court, will have achieved in the four voter...

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Rigging the Game for Wisconsin's Voter ID Supporters

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 6:14 PM

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has split 5-5 on whether to restore the injunction blocking Wisconsin's voter ID law for this election. Since the full court deadlocked, the three-judge panel's decision to stay the injunction -- or let the ID law go into effect --...

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Down to the Haywire in the Badger State

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:28 PM

The unthinkable has happened in Wisconsin. Just seven weeks before the midterm elections, a panel of Seventh Circuit judges has restored the state's strict voter ID law, which had been blocked by the courts for over two years. The decision will wreak havoc for election administrators and voters alike and...

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Online Voter Registration in Minnesota: What a Difference a Day Makes

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 2:18 PM

On Monday, a state court judge ordered Minnesota's online voter registration system shut down by midnight on Tuesday, finding it was not authorized by existing statutes. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Senate passed and Governor Dayton signed a bill to reinstate online voter registration. That's right -- online voter...

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A Tale of Two States: Hurricane Sandy's Toll on Voting

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:16 PM

While New Jersey and New York continue to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, there are still many lessons to be learned from the disaster. Recently, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer, approved the Elections Preparedness Requires Early Planning ("Elections PREP") Act (S. 1937), which would require...

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Sadly, Social Security Cards Won't Cut It for Many Voters

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 10:39 AM

At the recent Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas in Austin, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, civil rights pioneer Andrew Young called for adding photos to Social Security Cards as a way to put valid voter...

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Don't Let the Veteran Voting Support Act Die Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:39 PM

In March, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced the Veteran Voting Support Act (S. 2145). Sadly, this is the third time the legislation has been presented. Back in 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a directive banning voter registration drives from all VA facilities. Senator Feinstein responded...

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Willing to Die for Their Country, But Unable to Vote in It

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 11:32 AM

In Wisconsin, a veteran with only his or her Veterans Affairs (VA) ID card will be turned away from the polls. "Unjust" and "unconscionable" don't cover this — we need uglier words to describe the disfranchisement of citizens who've served.

I met Sam Bulmer in Milwaukee at VETS Place Central,...

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"On Account of Race or Color": A New Front Opens in the Fight Against Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 4:52 PM

We went back to federal court in Wisconsin today to add charges that the state's voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act. We're making that charge on behalf of impacted voters like Eddie Lee Holloway Jr. Before moving to Milwaukee, Eddie was a cook in Decatur, Ill....

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Out in the Cold at Age 84: Wisconsin's Ruthelle Frank Fights for Her Right to Vote

(4) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Ruthelle Frank, a resident of Brokaw, Wisconsin since her birth in 1927, has none of the accepted forms of photo ID under Wisconsin’s photo ID law which goes into effect at the February primary election. In order to get a state ID card, she needs to prove citizenship, but since...

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Lions and Tigers and Fraud, Oh My! Secretary of State Kris Kobach Is at It Again

(18) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 2:00 PM

In a recent column in the Wall Street Journal, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach takes a victory lap trumpeting the passage of his voter ID law. He writes: "You can't cash a check, board a plane, or even buy full-strength Sudafed over the counter without...

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