The Ohio Legislature Should Fund Absentee Ballot Application Mailings

Posted By: Archita Taylor, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
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The Ohio State Legislature has captured national headlines this week for its effort to restrict access to the ballot by requiring those who register to vote in the state to also obtain in-state vehicle registration and driver’s licenses within 30 days.

Honoring the Selma Voting Rights Marches on the 50th Anniversary

Posted By: Archita Taylor, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
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Later this year, we will commemorate 50 years since the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which established federal guidelines requiring states to ensure access to the ballot for all Americans, particularly historically disenfranchised African Americans. The passage of the Voting Rights Act came about as a result of a hard-fought battle waged by civil rights leaders in the country, some of whom lost their lives for the cause.

Help Students Vote: Adopt Student ID Legislation in Texas

Posted By: Archita Taylor, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
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In 2011, the Texas state legislature passed what has come to be considered one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country. Among the list of acceptable IDs to present at the polling place, students IDs are noticeably missing. Of the fourteen states with strict voter IDs in place during the 2014 general election, six did not accept student IDs for voting purposes, Texas included.

A Foreseeable Train Wreck in Arizona's Elections

Posted By: Jon Sherman, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
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This piece originally appeared on The Huffington Post

Win for Ohio Voters: Early voting hours restored in time for November election

Posted By: Archita Taylor, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Earlier today, Federal District Judge Peter Economus granted a preliminary injunction to block amendments and revisions to Ohio’s early voting law.  The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the behalf of the League of Women Voters, NAACP, and several African American churches, challenges an Ohio state statute and directives issued by Secretary of State Jon Husted, which collectively reduced early voting from 35 to 28 days, reduced weekend and eve

Judge hears case against Texas’ voter ID law

Posted By: Archita Taylor, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
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This week, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos began hearing arguments on the Texas’ voter ID law, which is considered the harshest in the country. Opening remarks were given on September 2, and the trial is expected to last two weeks.

Missouri Early Voting Citizen Initiative Misses Ballot

Posted By: Archita Taylor, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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A petition in Missouri to create one of the most expansive early voting periods in the country will not appear on the November ballot. The citizen petition, which would have established a no-excuse early voting period of 42 days including weekend voting, failed to receive enough verified signatures to appear on the ballot this fall.

Virginia AG Weighs in on “Valid” Voter ID Battle

Posted By: Courtney Mills, Staff Attorney

Post Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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The Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) will meet this Wednesday to finally determine what will constitute a “valid” photo ID for voting purposes this November. Nonprofit civic engagement organizations across Virginia have already begun education campaigns to prepare voters for the change that was passed in 2013.

The Ups and Downs of Challenging Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

Posted By: Danny Muchoki, Legal Fellow

Post Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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After nearly three long years of litigation, Wisconsin’s voter ID law remains in limbo.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the contentious voter ID law supported by Gov. Walker was constitutionally sound. Even so, the law remains blocked by a federal district court decision that came to the exact opposite conclusion nearly four months ago.

NH Judge Rules Against Voter Intimidation on State Voter Registration Form

Posted By: Sophie Laing, Intern

Post Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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This week, in a victory for voting rights, Strafford County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker struck down a 2012 New Hampshire law that added unnecessarily confusing language to the state’s voter registration form, requiring people to declare legal residence in order to register.