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Michigan’s GOP Map Struck Down As Unconstitutional Partisan Gerrymander

On Thursday, a panel of three federal judges in Michigan became the latest court to strike down a legislative map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. The map, drawn by the state’s GOP legislature, was challenged by Democratic voters and the League of Women Voters of Michigan. The ruling comes as the Supreme Court weighs two other partisan gerrymandering cases, from North Carolina and Maryland, that it heard earlier this year but has not yet decided. “Today, this Court joins the growi...
Tags: Muckraker, Gerrymandering, Michigan, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed


Tennessee GOP Senate Passes Bill Targeting Voter Registration Drives

The Tennessee state Senate on Thursday that beefed up the civil and criminal penalties that voter registration drives could be subjected to. A version of the legislation has already been approved by the state’s House, and once the minor differences between the two versions are worked out, it will head to the desk of Gov. Bill Lee (R). Tennessee Republicans, including Secretary of State Tre Hargett, pushed the bill after a boost in turnout in 2018 election. Election officials in Shelby County...
Tags: Muckraker, Tennessee, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed


FL House Votes To Require Ex-Felons Pay Back Huge Fees Before Re-Enfranchisement

The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a resolution to require former felons to pay potentially thousands of dollars in fines, fees, court costs and restitution (even restitution converted to a civil lien) in order to be allowed to vote, placing a huge asterisk on Amendment 4, the widely supported constitutional change that gives most felons their voting rights back after they “complete all terms of their sentence.” The House version of Amendment 4 implementation is not yet ...
Tags: News, Amendment 4, Felon Voting Rights, Florida, Voting Rights, Matt Shuham


Ask Your Questions to TIME 100 Honoree Desmond Meade in a Reddit AMA

During the 2018 midterm elections, Florida voted to pass Amendment 4 which restored the voting rights of 1.4 million Floridians with felony records. Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Desmond Meade led the charge for its passage. The constitutional amendment “was the largest expansion of voting rights in a half-century, and Desmond made…
Tags: Uncategorized, Reddit, Reddit Ama, Voting Rights


Missouri GOP Hints At Voting Rights Overhaul To Undermine Immigrant Vote

Missouri’s GOP legislature appears to be considering, again, a change to its redistricting process that would have major impacts on the political representation of immigrant-heavy regions. Republican lawmakers filed an amendment that would change the standard in how legislative districts are drawn. It would require that they be drawn on a vague “one person, one vote, using data ” basis, rather on the basis of total population, as is currently the practice in all 50 states. The tweak in langu...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Immigration, Gop, Missouri, Redistricting, Justice Department, Ross, Vra, Abbott, Trump, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, Brennan Center, Evenwel, Neil Gorsuch


In Their Own Words: How Ross And His Cronies Sought To Rig The Census

It’s still a mystery exactly why Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wanted a citizenship question added to the 2020 census — a decision the Supreme Court will review in oral arguments on Tuesday. But the records from the litigation make clear that he was the driving force behind the decision. Those documents — internal emails, memos and testimony — show that from the beginning of his tenure, Ross dispatched his aides to see that the controversial question was added by any means necessary. They su...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Fbi, Gop, Commerce, House, Kansas, Department Of Homeland Security, Justice Department, Ross, James Comey, Gore, Vra, Trump


Tennessee’s GOP House Passes Bill Targeting Voter Registration Drives

The GOP-controlled state House in Tennessee passed legislation Monday making voter registration drives more onerous. The bill imposes fines on registration groups that turn in too many incomplete registration forms, while also allowing criminal penalties, including jail time, if the groups violate certain rules regarding voter registration. Republicans, including Secretary of State Tre Hargett, pushed the bill after local election officials in Tennessee’s Shelby County were sued in 2018 by a ...
Tags: News, Senate, Gop, Tennessee, House, Memphis, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, State, Shelby County, GOP House, Tre Hargett, Voter Registration, Muckraker, Tennessee Black Voter Project


Cummings: It’s ‘Disappointing’ To See GOPers Question Our Voting Rights Probe

Top Democrats on the House Oversight Committee pushed back at their Republican colleagues for questioning their investigation into state-level voting rights issues. “It’s disappointing that Rep. [Jim] Jordan is so opposed to oversight at so many levels,” Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said in a statement to TPM Monday evening. “With a Democratic President, there was no allegation too small to investigate, but now that Donald Trump is in the White House, there is apparently...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, White House, Georgia, Gop, House, Kansas, Jordan, Donald Trump, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, Jim Jordan, Elijah Cummings, Jim, Cummings


House Republicans Don’t Want Dems Probing State-Level Voting Rights Issues

House Republicans said in letters to top elections officials in various states that the House Oversight Committee’s investigations into state-level voting rights issues are “partisan,” and exceed Congress’ investigative authority. The letters — signed by House Oversight Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and other top Republican members of relevant Oversight subcommittees — were sent to secretaries of states and other officials in Georgia, Kansas and Texas. In the letters, the Re...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Georgia, Gop, House, Kansas, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, Jim Jordan, State, Don, Elijah Cummings, Ken Paxton, Kemp, Brian Kemp


A Third Court Rules That Trump’s Census Citizenship Question Is Illegal

A federal judge in Maryland on Friday struck down the move by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge George Hazel said the question violated the Constitution’s Enumerations Clause because it compromised the survey’s accuracy. The judge also ruled that the way in which the administration went about adding the question violated the Administrative Procedure Act. Yet, the challengers did not win on their claim that adding question was also a...
Tags: News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Trump, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, Hazel, George Hazel, 2020 Census, Muckraker, Census Citizenship Question


TN Sec Of State Pushes Bill Exposing Voter Registration Groups To Criminal Penalties

Tennessee’s Republican secretary of state is backing legislation that would expose a voter registration group to severe financial and even criminal penalties for submitting too many inaccurate or incomplete voter registration forms. Voting rights groups are raising the alarm about the bills—HB 1079 and SB 971—that are set to be heard in legislative committees in the next week. “By penalizing civic participation groups for unintentional inaccuracies in their constituents’ completion of registr...
Tags: Florida, News, Tennessee, Republican, Usa Today, Memphis, Voting Rights, Allegra Kirkland, State, CLC, Shelby County, Tre Hargett, Hargett, Voter Registration, Campaign Legal Center CLC, TN Sec Of State


Dems Appear To Blow A Crucial Race For Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin Democrats are back to feeling a familiar sinking feeling. The liberal candidate for a crucial state supreme court election was expected to win on Tuesday night. But conservative Brian Hagedorn emerged from the night clinging to a 5,911-vote lead with 99 percent of precincts reporting, defying the expectations of strategists in both parties. The surprise result, while far from final, is an ominous sign for Democrats who see the state as perhaps the most important on the presidential m...
Tags: News, Obama, Eric Holder, Milwaukee, America, Gop, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Redistricting, Michigan, Dc, Madison, Trump, Voting Rights, Green Bay, Brian Hagedorn


Arizona GOPers Push Bill To Purge Voters From Permanent Early Voting List

Arizona Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would gut the state’s Permanent Early Voting List. A bill passed out of the House Elections Committee last week would purge voters from a list that automatically provides them with an early voting mail-in ballot if they don’t vote in either the primary or general election for two consecutive election cycles, the Arizona Republic reported. The legislation now faces a vote before the full GOP-controlled House before going to Republican Gov. D...
Tags: News, Gop, House, Arizona, Hobbs, Voting Rights, Democratic, Allegra Kirkland, State, Democratic Senate, Arizona Republic, Doug Ducey, Maricopa County, Diego Rodriguez, Voter Suppression, Arizona Republican


House Oversight Expands Its Voter Rights Inquiries To Texas And Kansas

On the heels of a request that Georgia turn over documents related to allegations of voter suppression, the House Oversight Committee is now seeking documents from election officials in Texas and Kansas, the committee announced Thursday. The Texas document requests — sent to Texas acting Secretary of State David Whitley and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — have to do with a sloppily assembled list the state used to claim that tens of thousands of noncitizens were registered to vote and to ...
Tags: Texas, News, Georgia, Ford, House, Kansas, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, State, David Whitley, Elijah Cummings, Ken Paxton, Jamie Raskin, Whitley, Brian Kemp, House Oversight Committee


Dems Look To Keep Their Wisconsin Hot Streak Alive In Key Supreme Court Race

Democrats are hoping they can maintain their recent hot streak in Wisconsin on Tuesday, in a state supreme court race that has major implications for the future of the key swing state. Conservative judge Jim Hagedorn, a protege of former Gov. Scott Walker (R), is squaring off again against liberal-backed judge Lisa Neubauer. Strategists on both sides of the aisle agree that the election has far-reaching implications for Wisconsin’s future, including the upcoming redistricting fight, voting rig...
Tags: News, Eric Holder, White House, Milwaukee, America, Conservative, Pennsylvania, Democrats, Gop, Hillary Clinton, House, Wisconsin, Paul ryan, Scott Walker, Redistricting, Michigan


Judge Suggests Partial Way Out Of Lawsuit Over ‘Flawed’ Texas Voter Fraud List

In the lawsuit challenging Texas’ use of a error-ridden list to try to purge voter rolls, a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the claims against Attorney General Ken Paxton, but denied the request by the counties sued in the litigation that they be dropped from the case. The judge, however, floated a potential resolution of the claims against the county defendants in which they would agree to limit their use of the list to investigate alleged noncitizen voters. U.S. District Judge Fred Bie...
Tags: Texas, News, Court, County, Trump, Greg Abbott, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, State, David Whitley, Paxton, Ken Paxton, Whitley, Fred Biery, Biery, Muckraker


Justices Weaponize Redistricting Reform Against Partisan Gerrymandering Foes

Conservative justices on the Supreme Court and Republican lawyers love redistricting reform as an argument against the court reining in extreme partisan gerrymandering. Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday both brought up the push in several states to create independent redistricting commissions and other measures to limit legislators from drawing extremely unfair maps. Paul Clement — a former U.S. solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration   representing North Car...
Tags: News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, Colorado, Senate, Gop, House, Arizona, Redistricting, Dc, Republican, North Carolina, George W Bush, Paul Clement, Voting Rights


Voting Rights: A New Assault On Voting In The Name Of ‘Election Integrity’

Texas Republicans are currently considering an omnibus “election integrity” bill that would stiffen penalties for election-related offenses and make it easier to prosecute people who mistakenly violate voting laws. It also includes provisions targeted at methods used to assist disabled voters. Texas Civil Rights Project and MOVE Texas issued a statement calling the bill a “dangerous new assault on voting rights in Texas.” The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear two partisan gerrymandering case...
Tags: Texas, News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Court, Gop, Wisconsin, Gerrymandering, North Carolina, Justice Department, Trump, Voting Rights, Democratic, Tierney Sneed, The Supreme Court, Commerce Department


‘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


Meet 'Spread The Vote,' a nonprofit helping eligible voters get IDs and rides so they can vote

Spread The Vote is a nonprofit organization that works “to close the gap between registered voters and voter turnout by obtaining IDs, educating, and empowering voters.” They focus on helping people get the forms of ID their state requires, showing them how to fill out the paperwork properly, and covering any associated costs. They find these eligible but marginalized voters “by going to housing projects, food banks and churches that provide meals,” as the Washington Post reported last Octobe...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, America, Vote, Ed, Erin, Voting Rights, Edwina, Franklin, Picks, Blackvotesmatter, Cristelle Brown, Spread The Vote, Erin O'Neill Jones


Meet 'Spread The Vote,' a nonprofit helping voters get IDs, rides, support so they can vote

Spread The Vote is a nonprofit organization that works “to close the gap between registered voters and voter turnout by obtaining IDs, educating, and empowering voters.” They focus on helping people get the forms of ID their state requires, showing them how to fill out the paperwork properly, and covering any associated costs. They find these eligible but marginalized voters “by going to [low-income housing facilities], food banks and churches that provide meals,” as the Washington Post repor...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, America, Vote, Ed, North Carolina, Erin, Voting Rights, Edwina, Franklin, Picks, Blackvotesmatter, Cristelle Brown, Spread The Vote


Voting Rights Primer: Ross Declines To Answer Key Questions About Census Citizenship Question

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was grilled Thursday by the House Oversight Committee about his move to add a census citizenship question. Many of the explanations he gave about damning 2017 emails — emails that contradicted his official justification for adding the question — didn’t pass the smell test. He also refused to say whether he spoke to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions about adding the question, or to anyone else at the White House besides Steve Bannon. Ross was not the only admin...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Virginia, Georgia, Commerce, Aclu, Kansas, Republican, Justice Department, Ross, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed


Activists Sound Alarm On FL Lawmakers’ Attempt To Defang Felon Voting Amendment

Two activists behind a recently passed amendment to the Florida constitution are sounding the alarm about lawmakers’ attempt to weaken the policy and curtail the number of former felons who can vote. Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Neil Volz, political director of the same group, are drawing attention to a bill in the state legislature that would significantly narrow the scope of which felons can vote and impose stiff, possibly insurmountable,...
Tags: Florida, News, Voting Rights, Tampa Bay Times, Volz, Meade, Felons, Desmond Meade, Kate Riga, Neil Volz, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition


SCOTUS Oddly Struggles Over How To Resolve Virginia Redistricting Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed to struggle Monday with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices heard arguments in a case about the map Virginia has used to choose House delegates, a map a lower court ruled discriminated against black voters. The lack of clarity about how the high court will resolve the case was odd because the justices had previously allowed the lower court to approve a replacement map. State ...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Washington, Virginia, Ap, House, Gerrymandering, Redistricting, Justice Department, Voting Rights, House of Delegates, The Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, Ralph Northam, Virginia House of Delegates


Federal Appeals Court Hears Proof Of Citizenship Law That Kobach Touted

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. In a case with national implications for voting rights, Kansas faces an uphill battle to resurrect the law once championed by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach , who led President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission. A three-jud...
Tags: News, Alabama, Georgia, Ap, Arizona, Kansas, Salt Lake City, Donald Trump, Trump, Voting Rights, State, Legislature, Robinson, SCHMIDT, Derek Schmidt, National Conference of State Legislatures


MS Must Redraw State Senate District That Disenfranchised Black Voters

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court told Mississippi lawmakers to redraw a state Senate district where a judge found that black residents’ voting power had been diluted. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the order Friday, denying a request by state officials to delay the impact of a ruling that U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued last month. Reeves said Senate District 22 should be redrawn because it fails to give African-American voters an “equal opportuni...
Tags: News, Mississippi, Washington, Senate, Delta, Clarke, Jackson, Voting Rights, Reeves, Court of Appeals, Madison County, 5th U S Circuit Court of Appeals, Carlton Reeves, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, JACKSON Miss AP, Rob McDuff


Ross Denies He Wanted Citizenship Question For Major Voting Rights Change

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross denied that he sought to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census in order to change how congressional seats are allocated across the country. Back in mid-2017, then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach pitched Ross on adding a citizenship question and a legal status question, so that the count for congressional apportionment would not include certain immigrants. “I have no control over what Kris Kobach or anyone else puts in an email to me,” Ross said, re...
Tags: News, Commerce, Kansas, Justice Department, Ross, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, Elijah Cummings, Kris Kobach, Kobach, Oversight Committee, House Oversight Committee, Wilbur Ross, Muckraker, Census Citizenship Question


Voting Rights: Dowless Arrested As NC-9 Prepares For New Election

In North Carolina, the local operative allegedly behind an absentee ballot fraud scheme was arrested Wednesday. Leslie McCrae Dowless is facing three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of absentee ballots. Dowless, whose operation prompted state officials to call a new election in North Carolina’s ninth congressional district, is being prosecuted by the Wake County District Attorney. House Democrats o...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Republicans, Virginia, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Justice Department, Vra, Trump, Voting Rights, Mike Pence, Tierney Sneed, Adams, David Whitley


Virginia’s New Gerrymandering Reform Triggers Old Fears Among Black Officials

Virginia lawmakers came together this past weekend to pass—by overwhelming, bipartisan margins—a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul how political lines are drawn in the commonwealth. The proposal has generally been received as an imperfect but significant compromise that injects transparency and citizen input into the redistricting process for the first time in the Old Dominion’s history. Some lawmakers, though, see no cause for celebration. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus h...
Tags: News, Senate, Virginia, America, Los Angeles, Gop, House, Gerrymandering, Capitol Hill, William, Republican, Canon, General Assembly, Voting Rights, Allegra Kirkland, Old Dominion


Sworn Statements Detail Issues With Georgia Midterm Voting, Bolster Abrams

ATLANTA (AP) — Long lines, last-minute polling place changes, missing or incorrect voter registration records and malfunctioning machines are among the problems Georgians faced during last year’s midterm election, according to sworn statements gathered as part of a challenge to the way the state’s elections are run. More than 200 declarations made public Wednesday are meant to bolster a lawsuit filed by a group founded by former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who helped foc...
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