Forbes – “How We Vote, How It Has Changed

Last week, Google released a new tool to make the voter registration process in the United States easier. When people search for information about registration, Google will provide guides for each state with details about how to register, including requirements and deadlines. Because states and localities have central roles in election mechanics, policies can vary widely across approximately 10,500 election jurisdictions. It is important for people to know what their options are for registration and voting.

NBC News – “OpEd: Restoring Voting Rights to the Disenfranchised

As the Republican National Convention comes to a close and the Democrats gear up for next week, there is one looming question about the focus each party will place on voting rights—an issue that was not front and center during the presidential debates but should be at the forefront of national discussion as we approach the general election.

Bloomberg – “Political Reality Smacks Down Texas’ Voter ID Law

In time for the presidential election, an appeals court has determined that Texas’ voter identification law is discriminatory. Those without a government-issued photo ID will therefore have their votes counted on the basis of other evidence of residency. If Texas turns out to be in play in November, the result could have a small but meaningful effect in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

The Guardian – “Florida Muslim group vows to fight removal of Islamic center as voting site

One of Florida’s largest Muslim advocacy groups says it plans to take legal action over the elimination of a prominent Islamic community center as a voting site for the November election.

Talking Points Memo – “Florida Elections Official Won’t Reinstate Mosque As Polling Site Amid Uproar

After sparking an uproar by relocating a polling site from a local mosque over anonymous complaints from residents, a south Florida elections official met with mosque leaders to try to make amends—but she made no offer to reinstate it as a polling place.

NBC News – “Texas Voter ID Ruling Offers Stinging Rebuke to Law’s Backers

Wednesday’s ruling by a federal appeals court against Texas’s voter ID law looks likely to lower a massive barrier to voting that had threatened to disenfranchise large numbers of the state’s minority voters. The ruling also offers a stinging rebuke to state lawmakers and officials who enacted and defended the law. And its cogent dismantling of many of the key claims advanced by backers of strict ID laws — all the more remarkable coming from a conservative-leaning court — could have implications beyond the Lone Star State.

Reuters – “Texans may use postcard, affidavit for voter ID after court faults law

Some Texas voters may need to show a state postcard listing them on the election roll to cast ballots in November elections after a U.S. appeals court found the state’s voter ID was discriminatory, specialists said on Thursday.


 

STATE NEWS

 

Illinois:

The Southern Illinoisan – “Hackers penetrate Illinois voter registration database

The Illinois State Board of Elections hopes to restore its online voter registration system Thursday after it was shut down in the wake of a cyberattack last week.

 

Associated Press – “Hackers access Illinois voter registration database

Illinois election officials say hackers attacked the state’s voter registration system last week and it was shut off as a precaution.

 

Maryland:

The Baltimore Sun – “Make turnout great again

Last week, Democrats in Congress unveiled a proposal that could result in as many as 50 million more Americans registered to vote, and it’s audacious in its simplicity. It would make voter registration automatic for U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older through almost any contact with a government agency.

 

Michigan:

The Detroit News – “Judge blocks Michigan ban on straight-party voting

A federal judge in Detroit has issued four preliminary injunctions against state election officials, prohibiting Michigan from enforcing a new law that bans straight-ticket voting.

 

New York:

Ithaca Journal – “Dryden woman helps Tompkins make voting accessible

Erin Vallely was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election in November when she remembered being unable to vote in the 2015 Dryden School District election.

 

Texas:

San Antonio Current – “Were Lawmakers Intentionally or Unintentionally Racist When They Passed Texas’ Voter ID Law?

If Wednesday’s news of the federal Fifth Circuit appeals court striking down Texas’ Voter ID law felt like deja vu, there’s a pretty good reason for that.