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

Jon Sherman | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
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 | Politics

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 | Politics
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 04.01.2014 | Politics

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 | Politics

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 | Politics

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 | Politics

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 | Politics

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 | Politics

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 | Politics

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 | Politics

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 | Politics

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...

'Remarkable String Of Victories' Stalls GOP Election Mission

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

MIAMI — Tough new election laws aimed at forcing voters in many states to show photo identification at polling places have been blocked or delay...

Serious Flaws Plague Absentee Voting

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

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...

'Let Our People Vote': Key Group Rallies Amid Election Controversy

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

MIAMI — It's not just the collection plate that's getting passed around this fall at hundreds of mainly African-American and Latino churches in ...

New Voting Laws Could Reverberate Beyond The Election

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

* New voting laws could spur new wave of lawsuits * Laws that have been struck down could affect Nov. 6 vote * Appeals s...

Voting Rights Act: Remember, Celebrate and Protect

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Forty-seven years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law to prevent voter discrimination. But as we have seen, the law is not just history; it remains vital today to ensuring that every American can cast a ballot and have it counted.

John Celock

Six States Given Bad Voting Grades

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

Six states received the lowest grades for their abilities to accurately count election results based on their lack of access to paper ballots, accordi...

John Celock

Top Election Official: U.S. 'Doesn't Do Enough'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

Voter education is a top concern heading into the presidential election for the newly elected president of an international organization of election o...

Setback for Nikki Haley Backed Law

West Ashley Patch | Jonathan Allen | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

It looks like South Carolina's Voter ID law will get a day in court after Assistant U.S. Attoney General Thomas Perez again shot down the law under th...

GOP Election Official Defends Voter ID

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) defended the state's new voter identification law as a way to prevent election fraud during a stop in Wichit...

Judge Could Restore 200 People To S.C. Ballot

Easley Patch | Carolyn Farr Smith | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

A hearing will be held Thursday in Columbia to discuss a lawsuit that stripped nearly 200 candidates off the ballots for the state's June 12 primary. ...

Court Tosses Dozens Of Candidates

Spring Valley Patch | Chris Winston | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

The path to the S.C. Statehouse just got a lot easier for dozens of candidates. And for dozens of others, it just became impossible - at least in 2...

Congressman: 'I Just Do Not Trust The Judiciary'

West Ashley Patch | Jonathan Allen | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told Democratic activists in the Charleston area on Tuesday that organization was the key to limiting the effects of "v...