Guest Post: It’s time to update the vote in Massachusetts

Posted By: Sara Brady, Policy Director for MassVOTE

Post Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Though Massachusetts has historically been ahead of the curve on many issues, our election laws are far behind most other states, in fact, Rock the Vote ranked us 42nd in the nation in 2012.  Fortunately, the Massachusetts House and Senate have now both passed legislation to update our voting laws.  This is a major victory but it’s not law yet.  The two pieces of legislation now head to conference where both houses will hash out what the final piece of legislation will look like before it heads to the Governor’s desk.

Treating Voters the Same, Not Counties and Towns

Posted By: Jon Sherman, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Last week, the Wisconsin State Senate approved a bill that would bar early voting on weekends and cap total early voting per week at 45 hours.  If this bill is passed and signed, early voting in clerks’ offices will only take place on weekdays between 8 a.m.

North Carolina Trial Date Closes One Door While Opening Others

Posted By: Kristen Muthig, Communications and Policy Manager

Post Date: Friday, December 13, 2013
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Plaintiffs in the three lawsuits against North Carolina were frustrated with U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joi Peake’s decision to delay the trial date until after next year’s midterm elections.

Minnesota SOS Tries to Maintain State’s Reputation with Electoral Reforms

Posted By: Kristen Muthig, Communications and Policy Manager

Post Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
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Over the past few months, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has initiated a variety of electoral reforms in Minnesota. He has been in the news recently because of his work to implement online voter registration, bypassing the political gridlock of the state legislature. The system was used by nearly 1,500 people in its first month.

Provisional Ballots a Deciding Factor for Virginia AG Race

Posted By: Courtney Mills, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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As the dust continues to settle surrounding the Virginia Attorney General race, two things have become clear. First, we may not have an official winner for some time pending an expected recount. Second, and most importantly, provisional ballots count and are far more important than some would lead you to believe.

Three Strategies (So Far) to Strike Down Strict Voter ID Laws Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act

Posted By: Jon Sherman, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Monday, November 11, 2013
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The U.S. Department of Justice has been forced to explore different strategies to protect voters from discriminatory and burdensome election laws in the void left by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. Without a formula to determine which jurisdictions must preclear their election laws under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Section 2 is the next best option to protect voters.

CVP Partners with U.S. Department of Education to Encourage Student Voting

Posted By: Dan Vicuna, Campus Vote Project Coordinator

Post Date: Monday, October 7, 2013
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Last week, Campus Vote Project teamed with the U.S. Department of Education to put student voting in the spotlight. The Department organized a conference call designed to inform college administrators, faculty, staff, and students around the country about the importance of institutionalizing efforts on college campuses to get more students registered and voting. Under Secretary Martha Kanter led a discussion that highlighted specific strategies for getting more students to participate in our democracy.

DOJ Joins Fight Against North Carolina Voting Changes

Posted By: Courtney Mills, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Monday, September 30, 2013
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Today the Department of Justice announced it was joining the fight against North Carolina’s newest election law.

Florida Voter Purge: Fool Me How Many Times?

Posted By: Courtney Mills, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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News that Florida Governor Rick Scott intends to resume his failed voter purge has recently made headlines. The potential negative impact of this purge is serious, and FELN joins many others who are concerned about the Governor’s latest efforts.

NC Gov. Forgets to Read Everything Before Signing

Posted By: Kristen Muthig, Communications and Policy Manager

Post Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Adding insult to injury, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says he will sign the damaging elections bill that was rushed through the legislature, despite admitting he’s not familiar with the bill. The legislature ended the 2013 session last week, but not before pushing the bill through at the last minute.