The Hill – “GOP platform calls for tough voter ID laws

The Republican Party’s platform formally endorses laws requiring voters to show identification when they cast ballots.

 

CNN – “Voting challenges head toward the Supreme Court: 4 cases to watch

The looming election and the Supreme Court will converge in the coming months as voting rights challenges on issues such as Voter ID, early vote cutbacks and same-day registration make their way to the high court.

 

Associated Press – “ACLU Sues Kansas Over Voting Rule for State, Local Races

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block a Kansas election rule that could throw out thousands of votes in state and local races by people who registered at motor vehicle offices or used a federal form without providing documents proving U.S. citizenship.

 

The New York Times – “Kansas Zealot Helps Shape the G.O.P.’s Right-Wing Platform

One of the most fervid ideologues expected at the Republican convention this week — the Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach — has been busy shaping extremist positions in the party platform to suppress immigration, gun controls and same-sex marriage. But he also found time last week to do actual damage to Kansans with a devious, 11th-hour policy that would disqualify 17,000 of them as state voters, even though they are allowed by law to vote in federal elections.

 

Fortune – “Google Is Making it Easier For You to Vote

Google wants to make sure that you stay informed about this election and make it to the polls this November.

 

US News & World Report – “Virginia Supreme Court Considers Felon Voting Rights

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on the matter of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s order to restore voting rights to 200,000 felons ahead of November’s election.


 

STATE NEWS

 

Kansas:

Kansas City Star – “ACLU sues Kris Kobach over rule that would keep some Kansans from voting in state elections

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking Kris Kobach back to court.

The nonprofit announced Tuesday that it was suing the Kansas Secretary of State over a temporary state regulation that throws out the votes from some people who registered to vote at state motor vehicle offices. The rule violates state law and the Kansas Constitution, the ACLU said in an announcement accompanying the lawsuit.

 

KCUR Radio – “Kansas Residents Sue Kobach Over Dual Voter Registration System

Three Kansas residents sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach today, challenging the dual voter registration system that was proposed by Kobach and adopted by a state commission last week.

 

Lawrence Journal World – “ACLU sues to block new Kansas voting regulation championed by Kobach

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas filed a new lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court Tuesday seeking to block Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s new regulation that says certain voters who have not provided proof of U.S. citizenship may vote only in federal elections.

 

Topeka Capital-Journal – “ACLU sues Kobach over voter rule aimed at 17k registered without proving citizenship

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday, charging he has created a dual voter registration system that will unlawfully deny thousands the right to vote.

 

Joplin Globe – “Kansas Secretary of State sued over voting requirement

Three Kansas residents sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach today in federal court over a temporary regulation that would prevent more than 17,000 Kansas residents, including 154 in Cherokee County, from voting on Aug. 2 in the state and local primaries.

 

KMUW Radio – “Kansas Residents Sue Kobach Over Dual Voter Registration System

Three Kansas residents sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach today, challenging the dual voter registration system that was proposed by Kobach and adopted by a state commission last week.

 

Massachusetts:

WAMC Radio – “Massachusetts To Hold First-Ever Early Voting

Early voting is coming to Massachusetts for the first time, despite Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of $1.2 million to pay for the new program.

 

Mississippi:

Hattiesburg American – “Thompson fighting to protect voting rights

Just blocks from the arena where Republicans kicked off their presidential nominating convention here Monday, Democrats held an event of their own — on voting rights.

 

Virginia:

The Jamestown Sun – “Virginia high court hears Republican voting-rights lawsuit

In a case that could have an impact on the November presidential election, the Virginia Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday over a Republican lawsuit challenging the blanket restoration of voting rights for 206,000 felons by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.

 

Associated Press – “Fate of Virginia felon voting rights in hands of state court

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration urged the Virginia Supreme Court Tuesday to throw out a challenge to his restoration of voting rights for about 206,000 felons in time for the November elections, arguing that the governor acted within his power.

 

WWBT-TV – “Va Supreme Court hears case of a restoration of voting rights to former felons

The Virginia Supreme Court just wrapped up hearing the case over Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order to restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of former felons.