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Election Laws

Take Politicians Out Of Election Law

Joshua A. Douglas | Posted 08.01.2016 | Home
Joshua A. Douglas

Election laws should be above politics. Whether to enact an election regulation should be about only one thing: will the law improve the democratic process for all voters? Yet the history of voter ID laws, among most significant and partisan issues infecting our elections, has always involved politics.

Over 220,000 Ballots Didn't Count In The Presidential Primaries

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.16.2016 | Home

Over 220,000 provisional ballots have already been discounted in the presidential primaries this year, according to a survey by The Huffington Post, w...

The Convention Legitimacy Debate Reflects Misunderstanding of the Election Process

Robert Hardaway | Posted 04.19.2016 | Home
Robert Hardaway

There is, of course, nothing in the Constitution that forbids the creation of political parties, and in fact the First Amendment rights of association gives parties the right to make their own rules for how it selects a nominee.

Defining 'One Person, One Vote': SCOTUS Returns To The Political Thicket

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.06.2016 | Home
Evan Bernick

Evenwel represents a valuable opportunity for the Court to not only clarify its case law concerning reapportionment but also affirm a vital principle central to our law: the Constitution protects citizens against arbitrary action by government in every field.

The Supreme Court and the Power of the People

Michael Li | Posted 05.06.2015 | Home
Michael Li

The Arizona Legislature argues this citizen legislation represents a violent break with the Framers' constitutional vision. But, in fact, it is Clement and the Arizona Legislature who offer the radical interpretation.

Using Race (Again) in the Struggle for Political Mastery

Michael Curtis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Home
Michael Curtis

If they are to be true to the better angels of our nature, courts need to strike down racial quotas when the obvious and intended effect of them to disrupt multiracial political coalitions.

Money Trail Revealed: Did Eric O'Keefe Pay James O'Keefe for Hatchet Job on Wisconsin GOP Senate President?

Mary Bottari | Posted 03.30.2015 | Home
Mary Bottari

One thing is for certain: the O'Keefes combined -- one a New Yorker and the other a Michigander -- have introduced a poisonous new element to Wisconsin politics.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Used Twitter, Too, To Coordinate With Outside Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Republican Party committees and outside groups shared polling data over Twitter during the 2014 elections, according to a CNN report on ...

What Wisconsin Has Been Fighting For

Jon Sherman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Home
Jon Sherman

All along, Wisconsin has been fighting to make the exercise of the right to vote a bureaucratic hell when alternative identification processes have proven viable in other states with little to no downside for our most fundamental right, electoral integrity, and the state's scarce financial resources.

Rigging the Game for Wisconsin's Voter ID Supporters

Jon Sherman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Home
Jon Sherman

As long as the state is not required to justify its ID laws with facts and introduce evidence that its last-minute procedural changes actually cure constitutional and Voting Rights Act violations, they will always win. Always.

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 09.28.2014 | Home
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

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

Jon Sherman | Posted 06.21.2014 | Home
Jon Sherman

Adding a photo to Social Security Cards would satisfy the voter ID requirement in states like Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Virginia, but it would not fix the problem in other states where the laws are more narrowly drawn.

Jason Linkins

Politicians Are Releasing B-Roll Videos Of Themselves, And They Are Ridiculous

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Home

Political campaigns are not allowed to coordinate their efforts with the super PACs that nominally support them -- or so they would have us believe, w...

The Republican 'Great White Hope:' Manipulating Election Laws

Stanley Kutler | Posted 06.04.2014 | Home
Stanley Kutler

We have been victimized by carefully-calibrated public relations campaigns alleging that loyal, upstanding, law-abiding Americans are being negated by voter corruption. It is not true. Make no mistake: This is a Republican, corporate-funded effort to exclude American citizens from the voting process.

Jason Linkins

Mystery Super PAC Theatre 2014: The Further Adventures Of Campaign B-Roll Video

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.10.2014 | Home

As Paul Blumenthal reported last week, the hot new thing in the shady interplay between political campaigns and the super PACs that support them is th...

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Candidates Find A Way To Give Those Friendly Super PACs A Helping Hand

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.27.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The latest trend in Senate campaigns is the posting of b-roll footage on the Internet, available to download. The goal isn't to draw the...

Why Some Republicans Are Scared Of The Voting Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Home

As Washington lawmakers chart a path forward in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key section of the the Voting Rights Act, gr...

How Those Names Get On Your Ballot

Ariel Chesler | Posted 08.17.2013 | New York
Ariel Chesler

Candidates know about it. Election lawyers know about it. Political insiders do too. Yet, I've learned over the past few years that in this otherwise politically savvy town, ballot access still remains foreign to many.

Pro-Rand Paul Group May Violate Major Law

The Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 05.22.2013 | Home

Supporters of Republican Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have launched “Rand PAC 2016.” But because the super PAC uses the potential presidential candidate...

Paul Blumenthal

Wealthy Donors Trample Rarely Enforced Campaign Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.03.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- In October 2011, John Canning, chairman of the Chicago-based hedge fund Madison Dearborn Partners, expressed his displeasure with Presid...

John Celock

Dem: Zero Voter Impersonation Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2013 | Home

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) released a report Thursday indicating problems with the strict voter identification requirements containe...

John Celock

Big Blow For Voter ID Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.25.2013 | Home

Montana lawmakers dealt a blow to voter identification proponents by effectively killing a bill that would have limited voter ID options. The Hous...

John Celock

Kansas Official Reverses Judicial Order On Release Of Voters' Names

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.16.2012 | Home

Hours after a federal judge granted access to the names of provisional voters in one Kansas case, a county election official ruled in another case tha...

John Celock

Group Targets 'Unconstitutional' Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.17.2012 | Home

A conservative group that helped lead the legal battle that would eventually allow for the creation of super PACs is now working to overturn North Dak...

Serious Flaws Plague Absentee Voting

www.nytimes.com | ADAM LIPTAK | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On the morning of the primary here in August, the local elections board met to decide which absentee ballots to count. It was no...