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APPEALS COURT BLOCKS PROOF-OF-CITIZENSHIP VOTING REQUIREMENT

A federal appeals court has blocked Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from requiring residents to prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote using a national form. The 2-1 ruling Friday is a victory for voting rights groups who said a U.S. election official illegally changed proof-of-citizenship requirements on the federal registration form at the…

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New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligence

A top cybersecurity firm said Friday it has found “significant” links between the hacks of two U.S. state election databases this summer and suspected Russian state-sponsored attacks against the ruling political party in Turkey and members of the Ukrainian Parliament. ThreatConnect, a firm founded by former U.S. military intelligence analysts, said it discovered the connection…

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Can a BEAR Fit Down a Rabbit Hole?

The question on everyone’s mind: Who is behind the recently reported compromises of Arizona and Illinois’ state board of elections (SBOE)? The answer is, we don’t know. When we reviewed FBI T-LD1004-TT, we initially found a pile of highly circumstantial evidence suggesting the adversary could be of Russian origin. The combination of the attacks relying…

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18:  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd after his wife Melania delivered a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Top House Dems Seek FBI Investigation of Possible Trump Connections to Cyber Attacks

Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers, Jr., Elliot L. Engel, and Bennie G. Thompson, the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security, sent a detailed letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting that the FBI assess whether connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian interests…

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FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from…

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Voting Hurdles Often Keep College Students Away From the Ballot Box

Students at Rollins College in Florida are designing custom “I voted” stickers for absentee voters. Across the country, the University of Southern California has partnered with county officials to host voter registration events with prizes, games and free food. And at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the student government plans campuswide voter registration drives as well….

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Donald Trump’s Poll-Watching Talk Spurs Call for International Monitors of U.S. Election

Citing Donald Trump’s controversial call to his supporters to challenge voters at the polls, a leading civil rights group is urging international election monitors to beef up their efforts to observe this November’s U.S. presidential contest. It’s the latest reflection of deep concern among voting rights advocates about potential voter intimidation and suppression this fall….

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FEC Commissioner Wants Help Getting Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections

ANN RAVEL, ONE of six members of the Federal Election Commission, called last week for the FEC to take a stand against foreign money in U.S. elections — and on Thursday, she appealed for public reaction. At issue are advisory opinions that gave a green light to domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations who wanted to make donations to U.S. political…

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Trump Poll-Watching Plan Stirs Voter Intimidation Fears

Donald Trump’s call for volunteer election monitors is raising fears about voter intimidation at the polls this fall. “We’re going to watch Pennsylvania,” Trump told a crowd in Altoona, Penn. Friday night. “Go down to certain areas and watch and study and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times.” “We have…

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