Alexandra Widas  //  10/21/17  //  Topic Update


The fight for voting rights is the struggle of our generation, writes former Attorney General Eric Holder at the Harvard Law Review Blog.

Bipartisan legislation to require social media companies to provide data on campaigns that spend at least $500 on political ads a year and to clearly depict the funders of the message was introduced in Congress (The Hill).

  • The tech industry is mobilizing lobbyists and lawyers to challenge the legislation (NYT).

Wisconsin offers a perfect example of how voter suppression efforts helped President Trump in the 2016 election (Mother Jones).

Democratic senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) asked the GAO to investigate President Trump’s voting fraud commission (Talking Points Memo).

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed that DOJ has communicated with the commission (Mother Jones).

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.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

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.