ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Conservative group threatens lawsuit after being told it can’t publish Virginia’s voter rolls

BY: - August 4, 2022

A Republican-backed group that aims to promote “election transparency” by publishing voter data from across the country on its website is threatening legal action against Virginia over a new state law banning outside groups from publishing voter rolls online. The Virginia Department of Elections recently sent a letter to the Voter Reference Foundation, run by […]

Election officials at U.S. Senate hearing describe threats, spread of misinformation

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday explored how to combat violent threats lodged against election officials, while Republicans questioned why the Department of Justice isn’t doing more to investigate threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. During a hearing on protecting election officials, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite […]

Federal judge throws out second redistricting suit seeking new Va. House elections

BY: - August 1, 2022

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a last-ditch effort to force new Virginia House of Delegates elections in November, concluding the pandemic-related delay in the state’s redistricting process can’t justify the “extreme” step of ordering an election do-over. In a 49-page opinion, U.S. District Judge David. J. Novak ruled the plaintiffs in the case don’t […]

Experts warn of election ‘havoc’ across the U.S. if North Carolina case succeeds

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Legal experts on Thursday warned lawmakers on the U.S. House Administration Committee that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a North Carolina case that embraces a fringe election theory, it will undermine future elections across the country. “To be blunt, it would be extraordinarily destabilizing,” said Carolyn Shapiro, a law professor at the […]

COMMENTARY

Voting restrictions, bereft of evidence, threaten fairness in elections

BY: - July 29, 2022

Only once this century, over six presidential contests, has a Republican candidate attracted more popular votes than his Democratic opponent. That was in 2004, when incumbent George W. Bush narrowly took both the popular and electoral votes and won reelection. Drop boxes for ballots, decried as a nefarious tool by Republican critics, didn’t cause major […]

State election officials struggle with paper shortages, harassment, insider threats

BY: - July 25, 2022

MADISON, Wis. — Election officials from 33 states, gathered for a conference under tight security, warned that the next few election cycles will be affected by paper shortages and the potential for threats from inside elections offices. The meeting of the National Association of State Elections Directors last week was held with stringent security precautions, […]

U.S. Senate bills would ban fake electors, clear up Electoral College procedures

BY: - July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Wednesday that aims to clarify the 1887 law that governs how Congress counts Electoral College votes following a presidential election. The legislation caps off months of negotiations between Republican and Democratic senators, who hope to remove the vagueness from the Electoral Count Act that led […]

Election officials risk criminal charges under 31 new GOP-imposed penalties

BY: - July 19, 2022

Since the 2020 election, Iowa has enacted one new felony and two new misdemeanor offenses targeting election officials. The state’s omnibus election law, passed in 2021, criminalizes election officials who fail to perform their duties, don’t adequately maintain voter lists, or interfere with other people performing their duties in or near a polling place. The […]

Same-day voter registration is coming to Virginia. Here’s how it’ll work.

BY: - July 13, 2022

The big change to Virginia’s voting laws in the last two years made casting a ballot easier for people who like to get things done early. A new law taking effect this fall will do the same for procrastinators. Same-day voter registration is taking effect in the state in time for the congressional midterms in […]

Virginia lawmakers punt on bills aimed at limiting partisan election oversight

BY: - June 30, 2022

Despite getting several extra months to negotiate, Virginia lawmakers went home for the summer without a deal on proposals to limit partisan influence in the state’s election bureaucracy. Legislation that would have removed the governor’s power to appoint the state elections commissioner and given the two major parties equal representation on the State Board of […]

‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed

BY: - June 24, 2022

President Donald Trump sought to use the U.S. Justice Department to create the illusion of a legitimate investigation into the validity of the 2020 election results, the Jan. 6 committee and former Justice Department leaders said Thursday in the panel’s fifth hearing this month. In the weeks between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, […]

The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

BY: - June 21, 2022

This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence. “It was on a communal TV, and […]