Category: Politics and Elections

Voter Fraud Detector Fails in Florida

Voter Fraud Detector Fails in Florida

A controversial effort to clean up the voter files in Florida has been discontinued, largely due to eligible voters being improperly purged from the registered voter list. Read More

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Last Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court voted to strike down the aggregate limit on individual campaign contributions by a 5-4 margin in the McCutcheon vs. FEC case. Read More

Wisconsin Early Voting Scaled Back Again

Wisconsin Early Voting Scaled Back Again

Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that eliminates weekend early voting in Wisconsin and limits weekday early voting hours to 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Walker vetoed a part of the bill that limited total early voting hours to 45 per week. This bill follows another, signed in 2011, that cut early voting from three weeks and three weekends to two weeks and one weekend. Read More

Early Voting Takes a Hit in Two States

Early Voting Takes a Hit in Two States

Early voting is at the heart of the latest controversies in voting access. In Wisconsin, the state Senate is considering a law that would abolish weekend early voting, and Ohio has passed a law that abolishes “Golden Week,” when voters can register and vote at the same time. Read More

Presidential Commission Urges Voting Innovations

Presidential Commission Urges Voting Innovations

A highly-anticipated report from the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, released today, recommends the development and expansion of tactics that have been shown to increase access to voting. Chief among them? Online voter registration, a mainstay of HeadCount’s registration efforts. The report cites the Rock the Vote-developed online registration tool HeadCount uses as a step in the right direction, while urging the expansion of fully-online registration, currently on the books in only 19 states. Read More

PA Voter ID Law Struck Down in Court

PA Voter ID Law Struck Down in Court

An embattled strict voter ID law in Pennsylvania, enacted months before the 2012 general election (but never enforced), was struck down today by Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley, whose decision said that it “unreasonably burdens the right to vote.” Read More

Can the Voting Rights Act be Saved? A New Bipartisan Bill Might do Just That.

Can the Voting Rights Act be Saved? A New Bipartisan Bill Might do Just That.

A bipartisan group of legislators announced a bill today that may serve to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, which was severely weakened by a Supreme Court Decision last year. The VRA, designed to protect against discriminatory voting laws, has been difficult to apply since losing its main enforcement provision last June. Read More

Millennials Won’t Wait for a Seat to Take a Stand

Millennials Won’t Wait for a Seat to Take a Stand

The Millennial Generation has become a huge focus of political discussion lately. People keep saying how they will be the ones to “save us all,” to get Washington back on track and solve our country’s most controversial issues. This generation is learning how to cope with crises like the Great Recession while growing and progressing alongside innovative technologies and new ideas. As a Millennial I feel empowered, yet a little overwhelmed. We’re expected to pick up the slack of the gridlocked political system and disparate social issues left over from previous generations. It will be a challenging task to fix these political stalemates that started decades ago, to say the least. Read More

Voter ID Loses Key Supporter, Gains Bigoted Defender

Voter ID Loses Key Supporter, Gains Bigoted Defender

Voter ID laws got some of the worst press of their short lives this week, denounced by a famous judge whose decision once upheld them in court, and defended publicly by a now-disgraced, racist party official. Read More

Inside the Shutdown: Week 3 – The End is Nigh (Supposedly)!

Inside the Shutdown: Week 3 – The End is Nigh (Supposedly)!

What more can be said at this point? After two full weeks off, I have stopped watching news coverage of the events. I keep a website open in my browser with the latest updates just in case something actually happens and I have to plan to go back to work tomorrow. Yesterday I got my first half pay check. That was a bit of a blow. Supposedly we will get reimbursed in the long run, but Capital One and Chase want their money sooner rather than later. My next payday will actually bring a whopping $0. That will be “interesting.” Read More

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