- Sep 5, 2017
Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law SB 1933, a bipartisan bill establishing an automatic voter registration (AVR) system in Illinois. Under the new law, eligible citizens will automatically be registered to vote, or have their registration updated, when they apply for a driver’s license or interact with state agencies for other services, unless they affirmatively opt out.
- Aug 24, 2017
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has conducted an analysis on the likely partisan implications of each plan and summarized that analysis in a memo released today. The goal is to provide a service that is helpful to the committees and the public in understanding the likely effects of the proposed plans.
- Aug 23, 2017
Since public service is a public trust, the effectiveness of government employees depends on the perception that public policy is being formulated in the public interest. When senators demanded an investigation into Icahn’s company biofuels trades in May, concerns were raised about Icahn’s ability to serve as an unbiased arbiter of public policy.
- Aug 18, 2017
If Members of Congress want to demonstrate their commitment to equality in the face of hate, they must restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. We will only conquer the scourge of hatred and racism when all of our citizens have equal opportunities in this country and that begins at the ballot box.
- Aug 18, 2017
Willie G., a 37-year resident of Birmingham, Alabama, voted for the first time this Tuesday and called it a beautiful experience and an opportunity to “feel like somebody.” Willie, age 69, works as a roofer and painter, and served a 10-year sentence in the state penitentiary from 1981-1991 on nonviolent drug charges.
- Aug 14, 2017
While it is not unprecedented for DOJ to reconsider litigation and policy positions when administrations change, the reversals we are witnessing lately are stark – and send a chilling message to communities that have had to fight hard for equal access to our democracy.
- Aug 1, 2017
Walt Shaub delivered a speech at the National Press Club which was carried live on C-SPAN about government ethics, imploring reporters to focus on ethical norms and the erosion of ethics practices that have been commonplace over decades, regardless of the party of the administration in power.
- Jul 7, 2017
*This article originally ran on Take Care Blog.
The backlash against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach should have been expected. The so-called “election integrity commission” (dubbed by President Trump as the “very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL”) has been a partisan driven effort to undermine our democracy from the start and is showing its true colors.
Last week, Kobach, chair of the commission, sent a request to all 50 states to hand over their voter files within two weeks. While the letter limited the request to “publicly available” data, it asked for sensitive information including the last four digits of social security numbers.
No, Department of Justice: a Law Designed to Discriminate Against Minority Voters Should Not Remain on the BooksJul 7, 2017
This spring, the district court held, for a second time, that Texas’s strict photo ID law (SB 14) was written with the purpose of burdening minority voters. The next step is clear: SB 14 must be struck in its entirety.
- Jun 19, 2017
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took another step toward safeguarding the fundamental right of all Americans to have their vote count by announcing it would hear oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s State Assembly districts as an extreme partisan gerrymander.