//  6/11/17  //  Topic Update

Significant voting rights hinge on the outcome of the appeal in Ohio’s voter rolls purge procedure case, granted Supreme Court certiorari last week, explain Jessica Mason Pieklo and Ally Boguhn (Rewire).

It is time for Congress to protect American elections and voting rightswrites Lawrence Norden (Brennan Center for Justice).

The effort to institute automatic voter registration is picking up steam across the country (HuffPost).

  • Meanwhile, some experts doubt whether voter suppression is a but-for cause of Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election (HuffPost).

Officials on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission are split on whether it was permissible to allow states to include documentary proof of citizenship requirements on federal voter registration forms, temporarily keeping the requirements off federal forms in the three states (Brennan Center for Justice).

Both Republicans and Democrats gerrymander districts, but only Republicans are good at it (WaPo).


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.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The White House disbands the "Election Integrity" Commission led by Vice President Pence and Kris Kobach.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's voter fraud commission has not been in communication since September, and members are not sure why. The Department of Homeland Security, the Election Assistance Commission and voting equipment industry and nonprofit groups met to launch an election security Sector Coordinating Council.