Zachary Piaker  //  1/14/18  //  Topic Update


The White House announced that it would disband the Election “Integrity” Commission led by Vice President Pence and Kris Kobach (ACLU, Politico).

  • A Democratic member of the Commission said the White House had preordained results in mind for the Commission’s conclusions on voter fraud (WaPo).
  • The White House says Commission data will be destroyed (WaPo, Politico).
  • Read the court filing making this announcement here.
  • Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, a member of the Commission, calls for its documents to be released to the public (Who.What.Why.).  

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s election security unit said it has no immediate plans to probe allegations of electoral fraud, despite President Trump’s announcement that he was giving the issue to the agency (Reuters).

The Supreme Court has a chance to redeem itself on voting rights next week when it hears a case about whether states can purge people from the voter rolls for not voting, writes Karen Hobert Flynn of Common Cause in The Washington Post.

The Solicitor General changes course from prior administrations and supports Ohio’s argument that voters should be removed from voter rolls for not voting (SCOTUSblog).

  • Read the oral argument transcript here.

Updates | The Week of February 19, 2018

2/25/18  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new charge against Paul Manafort while Richard Gates pled guilty. Meanwhile, President Trump's proposal to arm teachers drew controversy in Washington.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered all 18 Republican-drawn districts to be redrawn, following a finding that they violate the Constitution. Potential citizenship questions on the 2020 Census could shift the balance of political power towards rural areas and give Republicans a new advantage in drawing electoral boundaries.