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‘Worst Case Scenario’: Florida GOP Bill Threatens Ex-Felon Voting Rights

The next few weeks will determine the fate of a high-profile campaign to restore the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of formerly incarcerated Floridians. That effort took its most substantive blow to date on Tuesday, with the state House Criminal Justice Committee voting on party lines to approve a bill that would severely restrict who could apply to get their voting rights back. The 10 Republicans who form a majority on the committee say their intention is simply to clarify the intent...
Tags: Florida, News, Law, House, Aclu, Voting Rights, Thomas, Allegra Kirkland, Department of Corrections, Tampa Bay Times, TPM, Ron DeSantis, Phil Telfeyan, Telfeyan, Muckraker, House Criminal Justice Committee

"[Mark] Harris had a 905-vote lead over his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, but his success in Bladen County — where he won 61 percent of absentee ballots..."

"... even though Republicans there accounted for just 19 percent of them — alarmed regulators. When he finally took the stand Thursday morning, Mr. Harris denied knowing of any wrongdoing in the voter-turnout effort led by L. McCrae Dowless Jr., a veteran political operative known as a local 'guru of elections.' But in a series of questions, Mr. Harris stumbled and appeared to mislead the board. When he returned to the crowded courtroom after a lunch recess, he asked whether he could read a stat...
Tags: Law, John, North Carolina, Justice Department, Voting Rights, HARRIS, John Harris, Bladen County, Mark Harris, Ann Althouse, Ninth District, Dan McCready, Dowless, McCrae Dowless Jr, Mark -RSB- Harris

The Most Important Super Bowl Ad You’ll See This Year

When did "every vote will be counted" become so controversial?
Tags: Law, Advertising, Georgia, Super Bowl, Voting Rights, Election Law, Stacey Abrams

A month after the statutory restoration of expat Canadians' voting rights, Supreme Court says taking those rights away was illegal

In 2015, Stephen Harper's Tory government began enforcing a 1993 law that stripped expatriate citizens like me of our right to vote in Canada; last month, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government restored our voting rights. But it turns out that the Liberals' action was largely symbolic: yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada broke with precedent and eroded Parliament's control over elections administration, ruling that the government had violated our constitutional rights by taking away our rig...
Tags: Post, News, Supreme Court, Law, Canada, Stephen Harper, Parliament, Expats, Justin Trudeau, Voting Rights, Wagner, Supreme Court of Canada, Richard Wagner, SCC, Elections Canada, Voter Suppression

Morning Docket: 01.11.19

* Divorce lawyer lays out how this Jeff Bezos divorce will go down. [VICE] * Michael Cohen is going to testify to Congress, so that's a new circus to look forward to. [CNBC] * Florida's newly passed law allowing felons to vote after they've served their sentence may have an exploitable flaw. A former Florida Supreme Court justice notes that the law requires the potential voter to satisfy their complete sentence, which might include fines or restitution payments that no one ever expects the con...
Tags: Florida, Crime, Law, Congress, Divorce, Iowa, Rape, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fox News, Npr, Jeff Bezos, First Amendment, Cnbc, Voting Rights, Reuters

"Why Democrats Should Not Call the Georgia Governor’s Race 'Stolen'/There are three important reasons to cool this rhetoric..."

"... despite Brian Kemp’s odious voter suppression efforts," cautions lawprof Richard Hasen (at Slate). The 3 reasons:First, rhetoric about stolen elections feeds a growing cycle of mistrust and delegitimization of the election process, an attack pushed by President Trump and other Republicans who have been yelling “voter fraud” every time they are behind in the count. I’ve already set out my fear that Trump could refuse to concede the 2020 presidential election if he is ahead in the count on el...
Tags: Voting, Law, Democracy, Georgia, Trump, Voting Rights, Democratic Party, Kemp, Richard Hasen, Brian Kemp, Hasen, Ann Althouse, Election Emotion


"[Stacey] Abrams mulls asking a court to order a second vote in Georgia governor’s race" (WaPo).[Abrams] would rely on a provision in Georgia law that has never been utilized in such a high-profile contest. It allows losing candidates to challenge results based on “misconduct, fraud or irregularities . . . sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.”...Unofficial returns show Kemp with about 50.2 percent of the more than 3.9 million votes cast. To avoid a runoff with Abrams, he must win ...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Voting Rights, Abrams, Kemp, Müller, Ann Althouse, Stacey -RSB- Abrams

Supreme Court Swings North Dakota Senate Race Towards Republicans

Voter ID ruling should suppress the votes of Native Americans, just as the right wing on the Court intends.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, North Dakota, Courts, Voting Rights, Election Law, Supreme Court Swings North Dakota Senate

"Democratic secretary of state in heavily Democratic state unilaterally changes voting rule in a way that favors Democrats (and punishes Libertarians). Republicans say they’ll sue."

Reason reports.Nice of the Republicans to do the suing to help Gary, but it's in their interest to keep a Democrat from winning a Senate race.In a sudden move with suspicious timing, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, an elected Democrat, announced today that voters in November will once again be able to vote for every candidate of a political party on the ballot by filling in just one blank. The option, known as the "straight-party" device, gives obvious advantage to parties ...
Tags: Utah, Law, Senate, Wisconsin, Michigan, States, New Mexico, Donald Trump, Voting Rights, Reuters, Gary Johnson, Democratic, Gary, State, Democratic Party, U S District Court

"The conservative Roberts majority will no doubt frame future rulings on voting restrictions and gerrymandering as solidly grounded in law and the Constitution."

"And yet it could become increasingly difficult to believe the court is doing law, not politics, if a conservative majority of Republican appointees issued decision after decision that had the effect of helping Republican candidates win elections.... Elections are the only obvious, if indirect, way for the public to express its discontent with a wayward Supreme Court. Maybe a mobilized Democratic Party can somehow overcome all the barriers of Republican entrenchment.... If a new dominant nationa...
Tags: Supreme Court, Writing, Law, Wikipedia, Court, Journalism, Redistricting, Kansas, Truman Capote, Voting Rights, Democratic Party, Roberts, Roberts Court, Emily Bazelon, Yale Law School, Jack Olsen

Supreme Court Is Cool With Texas-Style Apartheid

Court refuses to remove "taint" of racist gerrymandering.
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Racism, Courts, Gerrymandering, Voting Rights

Big Win For MAGA Hats At Supreme Court

The Roberts Court of course found no problem with voter intimidation through sartorial choices.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Voting Rights, John Roberts, Roberts Court, MAGA Hat, MAGA Hats At Supreme Court

Justice Breyer "apparently" took "judicial notice" of "'the human tendency not to send back cards received in the mail'"...

... so that the failure of a voter to send back a card to keep their registration active in fact "'has no tendency to reveal accurately whether the registered voter has changed residences'; it is an 'irrelevant factor' that 'shows nothing at all that is statutorily significant.'"Wrote Justice Alito for the majority in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, released by the Supreme Court yesterday. The internal quotes are from the Breyer dissent. For more detail into this statutory interpretation...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Ohio, Cleveland, Voting Rights, Alito, Breyer, Husted, Amy Howe, Ann Althouse, Philip Randolph Institute

Supreme Court Votes Along Party Lines, Allows Red States To Purge Voters

If there is one thing conservatives throughout history have hated, it's people voting.
Tags: Law, Courts, Voting Rights, Samuel Alito, Supreme Cout, Election Law

"I want to point out that my tweet got more than twice as many likes as his tweet. We get under his orange skin."

"Trump’s long-standing issue with the Academy Awards is a shame, Kimmel said, because he thinks Trump would enjoy the best-picture winner, 'The Shape of Water.' 'It’s about a monster that has sex with a woman who can’t talk about it,' Kimmel said. 'Basically, it’s like his life story.'"From "Jimmy Kimmel and Trump feud over the president’s favorite subject: TV ratings" (WaPo).IN THE COMMENTS: AReasonableMan said:Mocking Trump is unlikely to move the needle regarding his political support right n...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Jimmy Kimmel, Law, Titanic, Hitler, Orange, Trump, Voting Rights, Kimmel, WaPo, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Trump and pop culture, AReasonableMan

Puzzlingly violent illustration on NYT op-ed criticizing Trump's judicial nominees.

What is this supposed to mean?I haven't read the column yet. What I see in the the illustration (which is by Chris Kindred) is a large hammer — a judge's gavel — slamming into a man's face and cracking it up. The cracked up face seems to have been fragmented even before the hammer hit. Perhaps the pre-smash fragment is intended to look like the state of Kentucky. The man seems to have the Confederate stars and bars in one eye, and he has some other symbol in front of his other eye, perhaps cross...
Tags: Art, Maps, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Senate, Metaphor, Redistricting, Ids, North Carolina, Charlottesville, Barber, Trump, Voting Rights, Legislature, Fourth Circuit

Jeffrey Toobin says "Ginsburg Slaps Gorsuch in Gerrymandering Case," and I found the video:

Yeesh! That was intense!Now, what was that all about? As Toobin explains it, in yesterday's oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, the newcomer, Neil Gorsuch, didn't behave with sufficient respect for seniority.The argument had gone on for nearly an hour when Gorsuch began a question as follows: “Maybe we can just for a second talk about the arcane matter of the Constitution.” There was a rich subtext to this query. Originalists and textualists such as Gorsuch, and his predecessor on the Court, Anto...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Evil, Eu, Reagan, Brooklyn, Redistricting, Smith, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Baker, Kennedy, Jones, Anderson, Voting Rights, Burns

Today's in the Supreme Court: oral argument in the Wisconsin political gerrymandering case.

The NYT headline is: "Supreme Court to Hear Case on Wisconsin Voting Maps Warped by Politics."Politics is warped by politics. But if you're looking for the courts to step in and unwarp politics, please keep in mind that the courts are also warped by politics, and if they get involved in unwarping politics, they may become even more warped by politics, and everyone may see that it's all politics and politics is inherently everlastingly warped by politics. And then we can be even more cynical than...
Tags: Hope, Supreme Court, Law, Democracy, Wisconsin, Redistricting, Voting Rights, Adam Liptak, Ann Althouse, Partisanship

What's wrong with being problematic? — a second look at the proposed "Lord of the Flies" with an all-female cast.

I started the day with a post about the proposal, and my take was cynical: The filmmakers are enjoying the publicity generated by the predictable criticism in social media. Now, I'm reading a NYT piece about the proposal, and I see this:What remains to be seen is whether the new “Lord of the Flies” will offer largely a mirror image of the novel, subbing in girls without changing the central plot points and behavior of the characters, or if it will wrestle with how girls would approach their fate...
Tags: Movies, Law, Survivor, Theater, Hillary, William Golding, University Of Michigan, Trump, Voting Rights, Golding, Hillary Clinton Donald Trump, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Gender Difference, Lord Of The Flies, Pamela Davis Kean

Morning Docket: 08.30.17

* The First Amendment chalks up a much needed win: Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff dismisses Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against the New York Times. [The Slot] * Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pushing the state forward on police reform, even without the assistance of the Department of Justice. [Washington Post] * Donald Trump Jr. is scheduling a date -- a private date -- with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sounds like sexy times. [CNN] * Even former clerks of J...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Indiana, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Illinois, First Amendment, Pepe, Sarah Palin, Lisa Madigan, Voting Rights, Reuters, Antonin Scalia, Senate Judiciary Committee, Vanderbilt, Brian Fitzpatrick

Non-Sequiturs: 08.17.17

* Which celebrity court appearances were the very best? [Jezebel] * What's in a name? The legal battle over the trademark for "Charlotte." [The Fashion Law] * Going crazy waiting for bar exam results? Some tips to get through the waiting game. [Excellence in Law School] * A law prof asks: Should I retire? [TaxProf Blog] * ICYMI, here's a recap of yesterday's #LegalCareerChat on Twitter, with our very own David Lat. [ABA Legal Career Central] * The crimes in Charlottesville could be prosecut...
Tags: Celebrities, Taylor Swift, Law, Charlottesville, David Lat, Charlotte, Trump, Voting Rights, Trademarks, Hate Crimes, The Hill, Criminal Justice Reform, Fashion Law, Non-Sequiturs, Harvard Magazine, Bar Exams

Non-Sequiturs: 08.08.17

* What's the "best" way to end a work email? [Corporette] * All mistakes are not created equal. [Law and More] * The Trump grand jury apparently brings out the racist in people. [Slate] * Not shocking, but still frustrating: Trump DOJ changes course from Obama admin on voter roles. [Huffington Post] * Up until the moment is gets thrown out of court, this lawsuit will be hilarious. [Salon] * Attorney and first African-American Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, has a happy ending. [Jezebel]
Tags: Email, Law, Obama, Racism, Donald Trump, Doj, Huffington Post, Trump, Voting Rights, Non-Sequiturs, Bachelorette, Trump DOJ, Rachel Lindsay, Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, Grand Jury Robert Mueller

"U.S. judge denies Common Cause effort to block Trump voter commission."

WaPo reports:The group alleged the request for voting history and political party affiliation by the Trump administration violates a Watergate-era law that prohibits the government from gathering information about how Americans exercise their First Amendment rights. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Voting Rights, WaPo, Ann Althouse

"President Trump’s voting commission stumbled into public view this week, issuing a sweeping request for nationwide voter data that drew sharp condemnation..."

"... from election experts and resistance from more than two dozen states that said they cannot or will not hand over all of the data," WaPo reports.The immediate backlash marked the first significant attention to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity since Trump started it last month and followed through on a vow to pursue his own unsubstantiated claims that voter fraud is rampant and cost him the popular vote in the presidential election. The White House has said the commi...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Commission, Trump, Voting Rights, WaPo, Levitt, Loyola Law School, Justin Levitt, Ann Althouse, Federalism

4 Libs And… Clarence Thomas Unite To Smack North Carolina’s Racial Gerrymandering

This isn't a surprising vote from Thomas, if you know how crazy he really is.
Tags: Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Gerrymandering, North Carolina, Voting Rights, Thomas, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Election Law

"Do I get your vote?"

A women's suffrage postcard that I ran across this morning as I was reading about Kewpie Dolls...Rose O'Neill, a Midwest native who had worked as a writer and illustrator in New York City, initially conceptualized the Kewpie as a cartoon intended for a comic strip in 1909. According to O'Neill, the idea for the Kewpies came to her in a dream. The comic, featuring the cherub-faced characters, was first printed in Ladies' Home Journal in the December 1909 issue. O'Neill described the characters as...
Tags: Law, New York City, Cartoons, Dolls, Midwest, Voting Rights, Neill, Ladies Home Journal, Ann Althouse, Lightweight Religion, Kewpie, Kewpies, Kewpie Kutouts

Glenn Loury and I resist the resistance to Trump.

In this hot new episode of Bloggingheads (recorded on Friday), Glenn Loury objects strenuously to the effort to treat Trump as abnormal, and I agree. Despite that basic agreement, we find a lot to talk about:[VIDEO APPEARS AFTER THE JUMP.... because I can't figure out how to get it not to autoplay.]Click for more » [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Democracy, Citizens United, Evidence, Free Speech, Trump, Voting Rights, Jeff Sessions, Bork, Gorsuch, Souter, Bigotry, Ann Althouse, Bloggingheads, Merrick Garland, Trump and immigration

Non-Sequiturs: 03.21.17

* Oof, how do you tell a client when there's bad news? [Reboot Your Law Practice] * Preet's impossible dream: beating Trump in 2020. [Law and More] * Facebook telethon for the ACLU. [Huffington Post] * Will the Gorsuch confirmation be delayed until after the FBI investigation into Trump's Russia ties? [Slate] * Artificial intelligence and the law -- it's like a bad buddy comedy from the future. [The Fashion Law] * Neil Gorsuch really isn't a fan of people voting. [Salon]
Tags: Facebook, Law, Russia, Clients, Fbi, Artificial Intelligence, Aclu, Donald Trump, Bad News, Huffington Post, Trump, Preet Bharara, Voting Rights, Gorsuch, Preet, Non-Sequiturs

"I thought I was doing something right. It wasn’t to hurt somebody, or the state, or the government... I voted like a U.S. citizen. The only thing is, I didn’t know I couldn’t vote."

Said Rosa Maria Ortega, a green-card holder who was convicted of voting illegally in 2012 and 2014 and sentenced to 8 years in prison. She's quoted in a NYT article "A Texas Woman ‘Voted Like a U.S. Citizen.’ Only She Wasn’t."Is it really true that she didn't know she couldn't vote? Wouldn't everyone caught and facing that punishment make that assertion? Aren't people who get a green card told very clearly that they cannot vote? How did she register to vote without being forced to assert that sh...
Tags: Texas, Law, United States, Dallas, Trump, Voting Rights, Donald J Trump, Aren, Ortega, Dallas County, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, Trump and immigration, Said Rosa Maria Ortega, Fort Worth 's Tarrant County

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