ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Election officials can’t access federal funding for security as violent threats mount

BY: - August 22, 2022

Colorado’s election officials, like so many across the country, faced a surge of violent threats after the 2020 election. Federal authorities are prosecuting a man who pled guilty to threatening a Colorado election official on Instagram, where he wrote: “Do you feel safe? You shouldn’t.” And Colorado police arrested a man accused of calling Secretary of State Jena Griswold […]

Special prosecutor trying to sort out elections drama in Nottoway County

BY: - August 17, 2022

A special prosecutor and the Virginia State Police are investigating the Nottoway County election office following months of misconduct accusations raised publicly at state board meetings. The State Board of Elections had formally asked the office of Attorney General Jason Miyares to look into the matter, but the board suspended that request Tuesday after being […]

OneVirginia2021 relaunches as UpVote Virginia with new focus on ranked-choice voting

BY: - August 16, 2022

The nonpartisan group that led the charge to reform Virginia’s redistricting process is relaunching with a broader “democracy reform” focus and a push for more ranked-choice voting. The next iteration of OneVirginia2021, which spent years advocating to take redistricting power away from the General Assembly and give it to a more politically neutral map-drawing commission, […]

COMMENTARY

Elections need civic-minded workers – and fewer lies by politicians

BY: - August 11, 2022

If you’ve ever wanted to work the polls on Election Day in Virginia, you’re in luck. Several localities around the state need help, especially from newly trained aides. Some cities and counties have boosted pay, appealed to residents’ sense of civic duty and emphasized the role everyday Virginians play in ensuring elections run smoothly. “It’s […]

Virginia weighs changes to ‘fuzzy’ recall system that lets judges remove local officials

BY: - August 9, 2022

Activists in Virginia are increasingly turning to the state’s court-driven recall process to try to take out their frustrations on local officials they feel have done something wrong.  In Prince William County, activists have launched recall efforts against two county supervisors over their alleged connections to the data-center industry as the county considers a massive […]

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 […]