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Evidence of Major Illegal Activity Connected to #NC09 Election in Bladen County Coming Out at North Carolina Hearing: I Expect Board to Order New Election

Follow Joe Bruno at the hearing. I’ll be very surprised if the board does not vote for a new election given what we are seeing so far. … Continue reading

Evidence of Major Illegal Activity Connected to #NC09 Election in Bladen County Coming Out at North Carolina Hearing: I Expect Board to Order New Election 2019/02/18 18:20

Center for Public Integrity Does Deep Dive into Donald Trump’s Campaign Fundraising Machine

Donald Trump created a permanent presidential campaign. Here’s how. – Center for Public Integrity Sidebar: https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/donald-trump-army-super-pacs-maga-nonprofits/ Inside Donald Trump’s army of super PACs and MAGA nonprofits – Center for Public Integrity Poll: https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/elections/center-for-public-i Center for Public Integrity/Ipsos poll: How should presidential campaigns … Continue reading

Center for Public Integrity Does Deep Dive into Donald Trump’s Campaign Fundraising Machine 2019/02/18 18:15

“N.C. election officials will consider fate of congressional seat at Monday hearing”

WaPo reports. … Continue reading

“N.C. election officials will consider fate of congressional seat at Monday hearing” 2019/02/18 05:08

Why is Georgia about to buy ANOTHER set of problematic voting machines?

I was worried enough about why GA officials want to throw good money after bad on electronic voting machines. But then I read this op-ed by @flemingbarrya full of falsehoods and distortions to promote insecure, costly unauditable machines. Why? ❓❓⁉️🤔 … Continue reading

Why is Georgia about to buy ANOTHER set of problematic voting machines? 2019/02/18 05:06

California State Court Holds City of Santa Monica Election System Violates California Voting Rights Act and CA Constitution; Orders District Elections on July 2 2019

You can find the 71-page statement of decision at this link. Given the findings of both CVRA liability as well as intentional racial discrimination in using an at-large voting system in violation of the California Constitution, a path forward on … Continue reading

California State Court Holds City of Santa Monica Election System Violates California Voting Rights Act and CA Constitution; Orders District Elections on July 2 2019 2019/02/18 04:54

North Carolina: “This session might be the best chance in the next decade to end gerrymandering”

Will Doran: Now might be the best chance to end gerrymandering in North Carolina, at least for another decade, a bipartisan group of legislators said Wednesday when they introduced a bill to do just that.Their proposal would end North Carolina’s … Continue reading

North Carolina: “This session might be the best chance in the next decade to end gerrymandering” 2019/02/18 04:21

North Carolina: “Republicans won’t appeal ruling striking down 4 districts”

WRAL: A key North Carolina GOP lawmaker says Republicans won’t appeal a ruling by state judges that the General Assembly violated a constitutional prohibition against mid-decade redistricting because it unnecessarily changed four House districts in 2017. … Continue reading

North Carolina: “Republicans won’t appeal ruling striking down 4 districts” 2019/02/18 04:19

“Plenty of NC politicos hired McCrae Dowless; they just don’t want to talk about it”

WRAL reports. … Continue reading

“Plenty of NC politicos hired McCrae Dowless; they just don’t want to talk about it” 2019/02/18 04:13

“Laboratories of Democracy Reform: State Constitutions and Partisan Gerrymandering”

Sam Wang, Richard Ober, & Ben Williams have posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Despite multiple opportunities to address the issue, the Supreme Court has declined to take action on partisan gerrymandering. Here we argue that the … Continue reading

“Laboratories of Democracy Reform: State Constitutions and Partisan Gerrymandering” 2019/02/18 04:04

“Potential privacy lapse found in Americans’ 2010 census data”

AP: An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official … Continue reading

“Potential privacy lapse found in Americans’ 2010 census data” 2019/02/18 03:57

11th Circuit, on 2-1 Vote, Explains Why It Rejected Stay of District Court Order Requiring Florida Voters Have a Chance to Cure Rejected Absentee Ballots with Mismatched Signatures

You can find the 83 pages of opinions at this link. … Continue reading

11th Circuit, on 2-1 Vote, Explains Why It Rejected Stay of District Court Order Requiring Florida Voters Have a Chance to Cure Rejected Absentee Ballots with Mismatched Signatures 2019/02/15 21:41

“Unqualified Ambassadors” (New Piece on Connection of Ambassadorships to Campaign Contributions)

Ryan Scoville has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming Duke Law Journal). Here is the abstract: In making appointments to the office of ambassador, U.S. presidents often select political supporters from outside the ranks of the State Department’s professional diplomatic corps. This … Continue reading

“Unqualified Ambassadors” (New Piece on Connection of Ambassadorships to Campaign Contributions) 2019/02/15 20:20

Supreme Court to Bypass Second Circuit, Hear Census Citizenship Question This Term, with Oral Argument in April

You can find the unusual cert. grant before judgment order here. Here is what I wrote when the government asked for this petition to be granted: “As for the merits, the plaintiffs should win given the strength of Judge Furman’s opinion. But … Continue reading

Supreme Court to Bypass Second Circuit, Hear Census Citizenship Question This Term, with Oral Argument in April 2019/02/15 19:42

“‘Point person’ for Texas secretary of state in controversial voter fraud inquiry quits”

Dallas Morning News: Betsy Schonhoff, whom newly disclosed emails depict as the secretary of state’s office’s honcho of a nearly yearlong effort to match voter lists with databases at the Department of Public Safety, quit recently with no explanation, a spokesman … Continue reading

“‘Point person’ for Texas secretary of state in controversial voter fraud inquiry quits” 2019/02/15 17:59

“Mississippi Felons Seeking Voting Rights Win Class Status”

USLW: Mississippi convicted felons won class status Feb. 13 in their suit to have their voting rights restored.The state’s argument that class certification lacks utility has “practical appeal, but it finds no foothold in Rule 23’s text,” Judge Daniel P. … Continue reading

“Mississippi Felons Seeking Voting Rights Win Class Status” 2019/02/15 15:55

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