Eve Levin  //  10/31/17  //  Topic Update


The Congressional Accountability Office will investigate the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (Newsweek).

  • The Commission is keeping its own members in the dark (The Guardian).
  • Democratic members of the Commission have urged greater transparency as delays plague the initiative (LA Times).
  • Illinois voter rights advocates and lawmakers are asking the state to leave the multistate voter database (Chicago Tribune).
  • Experts say the Commission may not be able to secure voter data (ProPublicaMother Jones).  

Days after a lawsuit was filed regarding the security of election systems in Georgia, the university housing the election servers erased all of the data (The HillArs TechnicaAP).

Buzzfeed has filed suit against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the head of Trump’s voter commission, seeking a court order requiring Kobach to provide records pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act (Topeka Capital-Journal).

Chief Justice John Roberts’s concerns about the politicization of the Supreme Court may affect his position in Gill v. Whitford and other looming cases, writes Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina has appointed a special master to help redraw North Carolina legislative districts.

  • The order is available here.

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.