Tag Archives: Democrats

California’s New Motor Voter Law Benefits the Young, Not Undocumented Immigrants

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will allow for automated voter registration at the DMV for citizens obtaining or renewing a driver’s license or state ID. The law is being referred to as the New Motor Voter Act. … Continue reading

Posted in All States, California | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on California’s New Motor Voter Law Benefits the Young, Not Undocumented Immigrants

Conflicted Court Likely to Reverse 4th Circuit in Maryland Redistricting Case

By: Hayley Steffen The stakes were high at oral argument for Shapiro v. McManus on November 4, 2015. Justice Breyer said Shapiro and his co-plaintiffs “want[ed] to raise about as important a question as you can imagine . . . And if … Continue reading

Posted in All States, Maryland | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Conflicted Court Likely to Reverse 4th Circuit in Maryland Redistricting Case

Trying to Stop Drive-By-Voting in New Hampshire

By: C. Rose Moore Round two of the “drive-by voting” battle in New Hampshire ended on September 16th, 2015 when the New Hampshire Senate failed to override Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of Senate Bill 179.  That proposal would have required … Continue reading

Posted in All States, New Hampshire | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Trying to Stop Drive-By-Voting in New Hampshire

Bloated Voter Registration Rolls in Colorado Counties Could Support Implementation of Stricter Voting Requirements

By: Eric Speer In late August 2015, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving election integrity, found that 10 counties in Colorado have over-inflated voter rolls. Pitkin, Mineral, Hinsdale, San Juan, Ouray, Summit, Dolores, San Miguel, … Continue reading

Posted in All States, Colorado, Indiana | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bloated Voter Registration Rolls in Colorado Counties Could Support Implementation of Stricter Voting Requirements

Massachusetts Rules against Ban on Lying in Campaigns

By: David Schlosser Over the summer of 2015, a Massachusetts law banning lying in campaign ads was struck down by that state’s highest court. This decision mirrors that of an Ohio federal judge last year, a case previously covered on … Continue reading

Posted in All States, Massachusetts, Ohio | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Massachusetts Rules against Ban on Lying in Campaigns

OK: Independents, Welcome to the Democratic Primaries

By: Ajinur Setiwaldi The Oklahoma Democratic Party is making history this year by opening up their primaries to independent voters. Delegates at the state convention approved (314-147) the change in July 2015 and expect independent voters to participate in the … Continue reading

Posted in All States, Oklahoma | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on OK: Independents, Welcome to the Democratic Primaries

Underlying Partisan Bickering in Harris: The Role of the Independent Commission in Arizona’s Current Redistricting Battle

By: Will Cooke Several legislative districts in Arizona are potentially in flux as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Rooted in the ongoing debate about the permissible degree of population deviation … Continue reading

Posted in All States, Arizona | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Underlying Partisan Bickering in Harris: The Role of the Independent Commission in Arizona’s Current Redistricting Battle

Lee v. Virginia Board of Elections: Wait, Virginians have to present a photo ID to vote?

By: Melissa Ryan In 2013, Republican majorities in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly enacted a “voter ID law” that significantly restricts accepted forms of identification that voters must present before casting a ballot on Election Day. Now, officers at … Continue reading

Posted in All States, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lee v. Virginia Board of Elections: Wait, Virginians have to present a photo ID to vote?

Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

 By: Dan Sinclair In 2008, in the wake of a legislative caucus scandal and partisan rulings by the state’s Elections Board, Wisconsin announced the formation of a new non-partisan ethics and elections agency. The Government Accountability Board (GAB), formed from … Continue reading

Posted in All States, Wisconsin | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

When States Gerrymander, Everyone Loses: The Fight Over Florida’s Fifth Congressional District

Florida’s Fifth Congressional District is quite a sight to behold. Beginning in Jacksonville, it runs south all the way to the outer edges of Orlando, also managing to scoop up part of Gainesville on the way. The District twists and … Continue reading

Posted in Florida | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on When States Gerrymander, Everyone Loses: The Fight Over Florida’s Fifth Congressional District