- Apr 24, 2017
A functioning FEC could require full disclosure of political spending and complete independence between candidates and super PACs. In addition, the FEC could ensure that government contractors are not bankrolling candidates to try to secure taxpayer-funded contracts.
- Apr 20, 2017
This week, members of the New Hampshire House Election Law Committee heard public testimony on a new bill that would impose new proof of residency requirements on voters attempting to register within 30 days of an election. New Hampshire is just one of the 29 states this year that have introduced a total of more than 85 bills restricting access to registration and voting.
- Apr 13, 2017
On Sunday, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver dedicated a segment to one of the most serious threats to our democracy. Oliver’s segment on gerrymandering highlighted how partisan manipulation of district lines, or partisan gerrymandering, harms the ability of Americans to have their vote count in elections.
- Apr 11, 2017
Yesterday, a federal district court held, again, that Texas’s strict voter ID law, SB 14, was enacted with discriminatory intent. The district court initially held that the law was intentionally discriminatory after a nine-day trial in 2014.
More than 20 U.S. Senators Have Expressed Concern about Gorsuch’s Nomination, Citing Money in PoliticsApr 6, 2017
Americans deserve to know whether Judge Gorsuch will decide on campaign finance cases in a way that tilts the political system even more in the direction of large campaign donors. Americans also deserve to know whether he will protect every citizen’s right to cast an effective and meaningful vote at the ballot box.
States Can Require Financial Disclosure by Presidential Candidates to Safeguard Electoral TransparencyApr 6, 2017
Tax returns would also be the surest way for the American people to gain a clear picture of President Trump’s personal wealth, debts, foreign business ties, and potential conflicts of interest.
- Mar 23, 2017
After an expedited FOIA request, a large document release, and three days of hearings, there still remain unanswered and unsettling questions about Judge Neil Gorsuch’s views on our fundamental right to vote.
- Mar 23, 2017
At a Kentucky campaign rally on Monday, President Donald Trump appeared to take credit for “keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job,” as CNN put it. That could spell trouble for President Trump. Although the president is exempt from many ethics laws and regulations, he is subject to 18 U.S.C. 227, which prohibits any official “from influencing the employment decision of a private entity on the basis of partisan political affiliation.”
- Mar 22, 2017
(This blog originally appeared on the Take Care Blog.)
On Monday February 27, the Department of Justice began its official retreat from protection of minority voting rights by filing a motion to dismiss its intentional discrimination claim against the state of Texas for its strict voter identification law (“SB 14”). Both because this move represents the Department’s first official position on voting rights issues and because the Texas voter ID litigation has stood at the center of the recent firestorm over state discriminatory encroachments on the right to vote, this move is notable even if unsurprising.