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.

Florida breathes new life into the political gerrymandering debate

Posted By: Danny Muchoki, Legal Fellow

Post Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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A Florida circuit court judge ruled last Friday in Romo v. Detzner that two of the Sunshine State’s congressional districts violated the “Fair District” amendment to the Florida constitution. The court found that unfair political gerrymandering in favor of the Republican Party made the redistricting plan invalid.

Guest Blog: Voter Engagement at Community Health Centers: Continuing the Legacy of Freedom Summer

Posted By: Marc Weatherhorn, Community Health Vote

Post Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Note: Fair Elections Legal Network is a partner in Community Health Vote with the National Association of Community Health Centers and Nonprofit VOTE. The goal of Community Health Vote is to is to involve as many of the more than 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Center organizations (FQHC’s) as possible in integrating nonpartisan voter registration and Get-Out-the-Vote efforts aimed at their nearly 22.5 million patients. For more information please visit www.communityhealthvote.net.

One Year After Shelby: VRAA Hearing a Start to Reestablish Voting Protections

Posted By: Charlie Frye, Legal Intern

Post Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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Today on the one year anniversary of Shelby County, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the proposed Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA). The VRAA seeks to re-establish protections against voter discrimination lost after the Supreme Court struck down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder.

The Battle Over Early Voting In Ohio Rages On

Posted By: Sophie Laing, Intern

Post Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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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.