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Voter Suppression Update for December 12, 2013
FELN is now emailing daily voting rights news clips. To sign up for our daily emails please go to www.fairelectionsnetwork.com and use the “Sign up for FELN Updates” link to select the daily news clips and any other updates you would like to receive. Since you already get our Voter Suppression Updates you just need to check the daily clips. You will not receive duplicate newsletters.
Emails for Daily Elections Clips Now Available: By now, you’ve hopefully seen that FELN posts voting rights news clips twice a day on our website at www.fairelectionsnetwork.com/news. We are happy to announce that we will now be emailing our links out daily.
Last Tuesday’s election tested new election laws in two states and showed an increase in young voter turnout for the important election in Virginia. This was Texas’ first election requiring photo ID to cast a ballot.
Judge Richard Posner is backpedaling after the media and voting rights activists zeroed in on his admission that his 2007 decision that upheld Indiana's voter ID law was misinformed. A passage in his recently released book and comments in an interview with HuffPostLive indicated that if the court would have had more information about how voter ID laws disenfranchise voters, the decision would have been different.
National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is next Tuesday, September 24. The Fair Elections Legal Network, an NVRD working group member, is promoting and encouraging participation in the second annual NVRD. NVRD is a national nonpartisan effort in which volunteers and organizations will “hit the streets” to register voters all over the United States.
Today the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) held their fourth public meeting to gather expert testimony, recommendations, and public comments to identify best practices in election administration. FELN Senior Counsel Ben Hovland testified during the afternoon session. His remarks focused on the challenges faced by poll workers and the importance of simplifying the poll worker experience.
Pennsylvania received some answers on the future of its voter ID law when Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley extended the preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the law through the November 5 election.