News that Florida Governor Rick Scott intends to resume his failed voter purge has recently made headlines. The potential negative impact of this purge is serious, and FELN joins many others who are concerned about the Governor’s latest efforts.
Adding insult to injury, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says he will sign the damaging elections bill that was rushed through the legislature, despite admitting he’s not familiar with the bill. The legislature ended the 2013 session last week, but not before pushing the bill through at the last minute.
The Supreme Court of the United States waited until the last week of decisions to announce their ruling on Shelby County v. Holder. This case was the second voting rights decision this year, but unlike Arizona v. ITCA this decision was not a win for voter advocates and voters.
To the dismay of voting rights proponents, Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would allow voters to vote early at select polling locations. The bill passed the General Assembly mostly along party lines which reduced the likelihood for the Governor’s signature.
Earlier this month, federal Judge Richard Posner rocked the voting rights world when he admitted he made a mistake in affirming the nation’s first ever strict photo ID law. The decision in question, in the case of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, affirmed the ability of the state of Indiana to require photo ID at polling places.
Earlier this month, Pennsylvania’s voter ID law was put on trial to determine its constitutionality. After 12 days of testimony and debate, Judge Bernard McGinley imposed a stop-gap measure to prevent enforcement of the law before a final decision is reached. Judge McGinley extended a temporary injunction that blocks the law from being put in place for the state’s November 2013 election and provides some very specific instructions for poll workers.
We spent a bit of time awhile back shaming Wisconsin for its omnibus legislation which threatened to reinstate voter ID, limit early voting hours, and toss out ballots at random. We certainly were not the only ones with qualms about the bill, and it would seem that our collective guilt trip worked!
Wisconsin seems to have dedicated this past month to limiting voting rights in the state. Last week, an omnibus bill was announced which would place numerous restrictions on Wisconsin voters. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has long been a proponent of such regulations as well as the state’s photo ID legislation. Following Vos’s lead, Rep.
By now you may have noticed that the US Census Bureau released the results of its polling around the 2012 elections. While the numbers do not indicate partisanship of voters or the candidates whom they supported, they provide a wealth of information on demographics such as age, gender, education level, and race of voters as well as the methods they used to vote and register, or, in other cases, why they skipped going the polls all together last year.