Campaign Law

Iowa joins Texas in warning International Election Observers against violating State Laws

October 31, 2012

“Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz — like Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott last week — threatened Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe election observers with arrest if they came within 300 feet of a polling place’s entrance, in violation of state law. (In Texas, it’s 100 feet.)”

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Supreme Court rejects Republicans’ request to hear an appeal of President Obama’ lawsuit against the Ohio Secretary of State over Early Voting

October 17, 2012

“A federal appeals court sided with the Democrats, and re-instated voting in the three days before the election. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, asked the Supreme Court to take up the case, but it said no.”

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Panel of 3 Federal Judges upholds South Carolina Voter ID Law but delays Enforcement until 2013

October 10, 2012

“The judge declined to let the law take effect immediately, “given the short time left before the 2012 elections and given the numerous steps necessary to properly implement the law … and ensure that the law would not have discriminatory” effects.”

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Pennsylvania Judge Blocks the State’s New Voter ID Law

October 3, 2012

“Simpson’s ruling means Pennsylvania voters will be asked to show photo ID, but can still vote if they don’t do so. The same policy was in effect during the state’s primary earlier this year.”

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92% Drop in Absentee Ballot Requests by Military Personnel in Virginia Raises Red Flags

October 1, 2012

“The dropoff is ironic, considering that Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) in 2009 to help highly transient military voters obtain absentee ballots wherever they are stationed.”

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Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to Tea Party: Voter Intimidation is a Federal Offense

September 30, 2012

“Boxer stopped by The Ed Show on Friday to discuss a letter she recently wrote to the State Department inquiring about their handling of voter intimidation.”

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New Supreme Court Term begins on Monday, with prospective rulings on Affirmative Action, Gay Marriage, and Voter ID Laws

September 30, 2012

“The first piece of evidence could be in the court’s consideration of the University of Texas’ already limited use of race to help fill its incoming freshman classes, which comes before the court Oct. 10.”

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10 Florida Counties report possible voter registration fraud by a firm hired by the Republican Party

September 28, 2012

“Problems first emerged earlier this week in Palm Beach County with forms turned in by Strategic Allied Consulting, which the Republican National Committee paid $3.1 million to register voters in Florida and six other swing states.”

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Colorado Republican Party cuts ties with Voter Registration Firm accused of Fraud

September 28, 2012

“Nathan Sproul, an Arizona voting consultant, has run other firms that have been accused of dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats and other improprieties aimed at helping Republican candidates.”

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Associated Press/National Constitution Center Poll: 8 in 10 Americans want limits on Campaign Spending

September 15, 2012

“The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case removed limits on independent campaign spending by businesses and labor unions, calling it a constitutionally protected form of political speech.”

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Iowa Judge temporarily blocks the Iowa Secretary of State from purging voter registration rolls

September 14, 2012

“Secretary of State Matt Schultz, a Republican, can’t claim that the public interest justified his use of emergency rulemaking procedures governing elections, Polk County District Court Judge Mary Pat Gunderson in Des Moines said.”

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Florida Department of State agrees to re-instate voters after mistakenly purging U.S. Citizens from voter rolls

September 12, 2012

“The agreement stems from a lawsuit brought by several groups that said the so-called voter purge was discriminatory because it singled out mostly immigrants.”

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Former President Jimmy Carter: “Financial corruption” harms U.S. Elections and threatens Democracy

September 12, 2012

“Speaking at the international human rights center that bears his name, Carter said “we have one of the worst election processes in the world right in the United States of America, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money.”"

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Early Voting for the U.S. Presidential Elections begins

September 7, 2012

“In the weeks to come, millions of voters across the United States will have the opportunity to cast ballots in nearly two-thirds of the country’s 50 states, including the crucial battlegrounds of Florida, Colorado and Iowa.”

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Texas to use Interim Voter Maps drafted by three Federal Judges for the November Election to delay the State’s Redistricting impasse

September 1, 2012

“Yesterday’s decision was in response to an Aug. 28 ruling by a federal court in Washington that determined voter boundaries created by Texas’s Republican-controlled legislature intentionally discriminated against Hispanics and blacks.”

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