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Proposed Minnesota Voter ID Amendment: Classic Bait and Switch or Concise Ballot Summary?

In April 2012, the Minnesota Legislature approved a proposed amendment to Article VII, Section 1 of the Minnesota Constitution . The proposed amendment would add two subsections as follows: "(b) All voters voting in person must present valid government-issued photographic identification before...

State Net Capitol Journal: Challenge Ahead For Voting Rights Act

Forty-seven years ago, Democratic President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, outlawing the discriminatory election practices employed in much of the South, including his home state of Texas. Now another Texan, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, is poised to dismantle a key element...

State Net Capitol Journal: Presidential Race Bound for Another Bush v. Gore?

This year's presidential election could very well end much like that of 2000, with its controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling on "hanging chads." Over the past few weeks, nearly a dozen decisions have been handed down by state and federal courts concerning state laws on early voting, provisional...

Key Part of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Delayed Until After Nov. 6 Election

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A ruling in the voter ID trial issued by Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on Oct. 2 means that all registered voters will be allowed to vote in the Nov. 6 election, regardless of whether or not they have photo IDs. As in the April 24 primary, Judges of Elections...

State Net Capitol Journal: Surprising Election Fraud Scandal Surfaces In Florida

It has usually been Democrats who have been accused, mostly by Republicans, of doing little to deter voter fraud - or worse. In a recent op-ed piece on CNN's Website, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, went as far as to say, "Democrats know they benefit from election...

State Net Capitol Journal: Election Cases Coming Down To Wire

As of late last month there were 15 legal cases pending across the country concerning new election restrictions. With roughly a month left before the presidential election, the cases leave judges with little time to resolve election issues in states where the margin of victory for either President Barack...

State Net Capitol Journal: More Hot - And Reheated - Issues For States In 2013

Last week, SNCJ took a look at some of the most pressing issues facing states in 2013. Here are a few more, some of which are either ongoing considerations for state lawmakers or matters likely placed square on their radars by last month's elections. VOTER ID - According to the National Conference...

Justice Department Keeps Up Pressure On Texas Voting Laws

POLITICS AND LEADERSHIP: Last month, the U.S. Justice Department asked a panel of judges in San Antonio to order continued scrutiny of Texas' voting procedures, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June nullifying the requirement for the state to seek federal approval for any changes to...

The Voting Rights Act: Voter Purges and Voter IDs

POLITICS & LEADERSHIP FL GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER VOTER 'PURGE': Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is planning to initiate another purge of non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls, despite the uproar created by his last such effort. The U.S. Supreme Court effectively authorized the...

State Net Capitol Journal: Justice Department Sues To Block N.C. Voter ID Law

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit last month to block North Carolina's new voter ID law, which some critics have called the most sweeping of its kind. The law was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in August, just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the...

States Continue to Restrict and Expand Opportunities to Vote

AZ SWITCHING TO TWO-TRACK VOTING SYSTEM: Arizona could have a dual-track voting system requiring the use of two different ballots in next year's elections, as a result of an opinion issued last week by the state's attorney general, Tom Horne. Under the new system, only those voters who registered...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Last Year's Hot Issues Likely To Keep Smoldering In States

In part II of our legislative preview, we take a look at a few more issues likely to occupy state lawmakers' attention in 2014. The majority were hot issues in the states last year and even before, but they have only been stoked by recent Supreme Court decisions, continued Congressional inaction...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down

On January 17, 2014, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley released his opinion in Applewhite v. Commonwealth (330-MD-2012), in which he overturned Pennsylvania’s voter ID requirement. This marked yet another chapter in what has been a controversial and much-debated issue since...

Once Again: Voting Rights and Gay Marriage In The News

VOTING RIGHTS BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS: A bill introduced in Congress last month would require four southern states to once again obtain federal preapproval before making any changes to their voting laws by replacing parts of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. The...

State Net Capitol Journal Civil Rights Updates: Affirmative Action, Election Rights, Abortion Rules

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MI BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Last month the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's 2006 ballot initiative ending affirmative action at public universities in the state [ version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The decision was 6-2 but there was considerably less consensus...

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: Voting Law Challenges Create Uncertainty Ahead Of Midterms

Just months ahead of the midterm elections in November, court challenges to tough new voting laws in several states have thrown the electoral process into legal limbo. Nearly all of the laws — imposing strict photo ID requirements and restricting early voting — were passed since 2011 in Republican...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Issues Old And New Catch Fire In States

By Korey Clark Last week, we took a mid-year look at several of the issues we predicted last December would see a lot of action in statehouses this year. Here are a few more of those issues, as well as a couple of others that have heated up as the year has progressed. DIGITAL REVOLUTION/SHARING ECONOMY...

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: States Keep Identifying Voter ID Requirements

WI SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS STATE'S VOTER ID LAW: Wisconsin's Supreme Court upheld the state's voter ID law in a pair of cases, but only after tweaking the law to bring it in line with the state Constitution in one of them. Under the terms of Wisconsin's voter ID law, prospective voters...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Wisconsin Voter ID: Plaintiffs' Emergency Application to Justice Kagan Lacks a Key Element

By Thomas L. Shriner Jr. The plaintiffs in Wisconsin’s Voter ID case [on Oct. 2] filed an emergency application with Justice Kagan, the Circuit Justice assigned to the Seventh Circut, seeking an order vacating the Seventh Circuit’s September 12 stay of Judge Adelman’s injunction...

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common

By Eric G. Pearson What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common? The answer, according to a per curiam opinion issued last week by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Frank v. Walker , Nos. 14-2058 & 14-2059...