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If Congress Can’t Fix Voting Rights, Let’s Make Voting Easier, Senator Says

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court threw out a key portion of the Voting Rights Act two years ago, it told Congress to fix it. Congress hasn’t, failing to take up even bipartisan proposals. So one Democratic leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), is planning to try a new tack Wednesday, rolling out three pieces of…

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington to listen to oral arguments in a voting rights case. In last week’s elections, Alabama Republicans shrank their once-powerful Democratic opponents to just eight seats in the state Senate, all of them from districts in which African-Americans are a majority.Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting-rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength. Republicans, they argue, relied too heavily on race to draw new electoral maps following the 2010 census.The case goes before the Supreme Court Wednesday. Last year a conservative majority on the court effectively blocked a key component of the Voting Rights Act, and this case will be watched closely for signs that the rest of the law could be in peril. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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A Democratic presidential candidate just offered 2016’s boldest voting rights proposal yet

Former Maryland governor and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley called for a constitutional amendment “to protect every citizen’s right to vote” today, reports CNN. In the crucial early primary state of South Carolina, O’Malley marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act with an address to the bipartisan African-American professional group 20/20 Leaders of America, forcefully pushing…

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Tens Of Thousands Of Californians Are About To Get Their Voting Rights Restored

SAN FRANCISCO — Tens of thousands of California residents will soon have their voting rights restored as the state drops its appeal of a ruling that found the state could not bar individuals who have left prison and completed parole from registering to vote. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who was elected last fall,…

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Clinton Lawyer Marc Elias Among Those Behind Major New Voting Rights Lawsuit in Wisconsin

Here is how the complaint for the lawsuit filed in federal court in Wisconsin begins: This lawsuit concerns the most fundamental of rights guaranteed citizens in our representative democracy—the right to vote. That right has been under attack in Wisconsin since Republicans gained control of the governor’s office and both houses of the State Legislature in the 2010…

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DC Circuit Reverses District Court Decision Denying Crossroads GPS’ Motion To Intervene In Public Citizen v. FEC

Crossroads GPS, the beneficiary of a favorable decision by the Federal Election Commission, moved to intervene as a defendant in a suit challenging the Commission’s ruling. The district court denied intervention, finding Crossroads’ interests were aligned with the FEC’s Office of General Counsel’s, which was defending the ruling. The court concluded the Office of General…

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Voting machine password hacks as easy as ‘abcde’, details Virginia state report

Touchscreen voting machines used in numerous elections between 2002 and 2014 used “abcde” and “admin” as passwords and could easily have been hacked from the parking lot outside the polling place, according to a state report. The AVS WinVote machines, used in three presidential elections in Virginia, “would get an F-minus” in security, according to…

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The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote to gut a century of campaign finance law, he assured the public that the unlimited corporate spending he was ushering in would “not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Because those authorized to give and spend unlimited amounts were legally required to…

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IRS Almost Never Audits ‘Dark Money’ Nonprofits, Documents Show

When Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate in November, they could thank dozens of conservative “dark money” nonprofit groups for spending nearly $130 million to boost their preferred candidates or bash their political enemies. Those nonprofit groups, including many that enjoy a preferred tax status because they purport to be focused on “social welfare,”…

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Victory For POE, VR: Electronic Voting Machines Shutting Down Nationwide

After years of controversy and concerns for election integrity,  electronic voting machines may finally be relegated to the ranks of a costly and failed experiment. States have abandoned electronic voting machines in droves, and most voters — in fact, nearly 70% —  will be casting their ballots by hand this election day. Although once viewed…

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Court Strikes Down GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions In North Carolina

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a lower court to block two new voting restrictions in North Carolina, saying there was “no doubt” the measures would disenfranchise minorities. North Carolina will now be required to reinstate same-day voter registration, as well as allow voters to cast ballots even if they show up…

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