The FEC is Back in Business

25 May

Reading Time: 2 minutes Happy Memorial Day! We’ll be brief so you can enjoy the rest of your holiday. The FEC is Back in Business: At least, it should be in the coming weeks. Texas Republican Trey Trainor was confirmed as commissioner last week, albeit along party lines. It’s a major development nevertheless, because the Federal Election Commission has been effectively shut Read More

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Republicans Restrict Mail-in Voting Amid Pandemic

11 May

Reading Time: 3 minutes Oklahoma’s GOP-led state legislature quickly reinstated a requirement for absentee voting that the state Supreme Court struck down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state Supreme Court ruled last Monday that absentee voters would not have to include a notarized signature on their ballot. However, by the end of the week, Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed the Read More

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GOP Responds to Mail-in Voting With Voter Roll Purges

27 Apr

Reading Time: 3 minutes It seems that the flavor of the year for conservatives is the “cleaning up” of voter rolls, and now they appear to have their sights on swing states that are considering mail-in voting this November. It started with a removal of more than 500,000 “ineligible” voters at the end of 2019. The North Carolina State Read More

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Voting During a Pandemic

20 Apr

Reading Time: 3 minutes Republicans have spent decades making it more difficult for core Democratic constituencies to vote by implementing things like voter ID, “exact-match” signature requirements, voter purges, poll closures, and other election rules that voting-rights groups say disenfranchise millions of Americans every year. Now, their efforts are facing a much tougher test than a Supreme Court that Read More

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Impose Campaign Finance Restrictions on Our Opponents, Not Us

13 Apr

Reading Time: 3 minutes In a move that is stunningly hypocritical even for Washington standards, Citizens United, the group eponymous with destroying the few meaningful campaign finance rules the United States once had, now wants to get the money out of politics. Well, at least money that goes to Democrats.  On Wednesday, the group sent a petition to its Read More

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Will They Vote or Won’t They?

6 Apr

Reading Time: 3 minutes The games appeared to be over, but Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Monday afternoon postponing the state’s primary election until June 9. Evers tried to postpone the state’s primary and put in place vote-by-mail last month, but each effort was blocked by the Republican state legislature.  The nation is in the Read More

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Coronavirus and the 2020 Election — an Update

30 Mar

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are a lot of moving parts at the moment, but election officials are scrambling to keep elections going amid the coronavirus. Here’s what happened this past week: Congress included $400 million for elections in its emergency $2 trillion stimulus package last week. It’s a step in the right direction, but a drop in the Read More

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An Opportunity Presents Itself

23 Mar

Reading Time: 3 minutes Seven states — Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Connecticut, and Indiana — have postponed their presidential primaries. Wyoming canceled its in-person caucuses and urged everyone to vote by mail. In fact, a growing number of people are pointing out that mail-in voting could be the best way to keep voters safe without disrupting turnout this Read More

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What to Know About the Coronavirus

16 Mar

Reading Time: 2 minutes What to Know About the Coronavirus: Democrats in Congress have introduced emergency legislation to fund mail-in voting and help poll workers purchase cleaning supplies in the event that 25 percent of all states declare a state of emergency, but it remains unclear whether it will pass. (read more) Not all states have taken steps to balance Read More

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