- Mar 20, 2018
Many states allow the people to amend the electoral laws via ballot proposition. I’ve previously shared my excitement that the people of Maine voted to adopt an election system proven to reduce partisan polarization and increase minority representation. Sadly, the story does not end with a victory for the people…yet. Across the country in 2018, there will be dozens of ballot initiatives aimed at expanding the franchise and limiting the ability of legislators to manipulate the rules to stay in power. These types of reforms enjoy overwhelming bipartisan support and, absent legislative shenanigans, will hopefully be adopted.
- Mar 14, 2018
Last week, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office announced that the state will change their voter registration forms after CLC sent a letter informing the state that their forms may be effectively depriving people with past convictions of their right to vote by failing to provide accurate information about their eligibility. Nevada joins a growing list of states that have pledged to make similar changes to ensure that people with convictions have accurate information about their right to vote. The other states are Delaware, Arizona and Nebraska. All letters were sent the same day, January 31, and Delaware was fastest to respond, saying two days later that they “will be acting on every one of [our] recommendations” to update their forms.
- Mar 14, 2018
The FEC has long been paralyzed by partisan gridlock and is often overlooked by the White House. But by nominating commissioners who will faithfully administer the laws limiting money’s influence on politics, Trump could signal that he wants to restore integrity to our democracy and is serious about draining the swamp.
- Mar 13, 2018
A recent TPM article covering the trial on Kansas’ documentary proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote quoted a defense witness as saying she “wanted to make him look good.” The witness was referring to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his efforts to keep the documentary proof-of-citizenship requirement in place. In her efforts to make Kobach “look good,” the witness ended up proving why these laws are an unnecessary and extreme burden on the right to vote.
- Feb 13, 2018
A bill that will enact Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. Evidence from other states with AVR suggests this legislation will improve participation and access to the ballot box while also increasing efficiency and lowering election administration costs.
- Feb 7, 2018
The D.C. Council yesterday unanimously passed the Fair Elections Act, and now the bill heads to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s desk to be signed into law. D.C.’s measure follows a long line of states and localities that have passed public financing laws, or citizen-funded elections, making it clear Americans want every voice heard in the political process, not just those of the wealthy few.
- Feb 6, 2018
Campaign Legal Center (“CLC”) has filed two Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests to the Department of Justice and U.S. Census Bureau, seeking more information on ongoing deliberations about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form. CLC has asked for expedited processing and release of these documents because the matter is urgent: Adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census could have catastrophic effects on the accuracy of the data we rely on to structure our democracy and the questions have to be finalized by March 31.
- Jan 29, 2018
CLC’s clients’ challenge to Alabama’s law that has stripped up to 280,000 people with convictions of their right to vote, Thompson v. Alabama, will move forward after a ruling from the Middle District of Alabama in late December denying the state’s attempt to dismiss the case. Today, the district court entered an order putting the case on track for a trial in Montgomery on May 6, 2019.
- Jan 23, 2018
Consistent with the initial signs of success, the numbers continue to show that after instituting the city's public financing program, 2017 donors in Seattle were more numerous, more diverse, and younger than ever before.
- Jan 16, 2018
The public deserves to know whether President Trump is pocketing money earned in his hotels from foreign governments for many reasons. First, conflicts of interest of this magnitude create the appearance that he and his family are using his office to enrich themselves. In addition, the potential for sweetheart deals offered by foreign governments to Trump’s children could be used to influence official U.S. government policies.