Politics & leadership

Majority of Ballot Measures Win Passage | 11-10-2017

Voters in seven states considered a total of 22 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 7. Texas voters weighed seven of those measures, the highest number of the seven states. All seven measures passed, which isn’t too unusual in the Lone Star State...

Another Slow Year for Ballot Measures | 11-03-2017

On Nov. 7 voters in 7 states will consider a total of 22 statewide ballot measures, bringing the count for the year - with measures on the ballot last month in two states - to 27. That continues a downward trend in the number of measures on the ballot...

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

Congressional Redistricting Reform Coming to OH? | 09-15-2017

In 2015 Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure reforming the state’s highly partisan legislative redistricting process, but congressional redistricting was left untouched. Now there’s talk around the Statehouse of remedying that...

Politics In Brief - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

JUDGE GIVES GO-AHEAD FOR AZ LAW RESTRICTING CITIZEN INITIATIVES Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens ruled last week that a new ARIZONA law making it more difficult for citizen initiatives to qualify for the state ballot can take effect...

OH Gov’s Office Identifies More Non-Citizen Voters | 03-03-2017

The office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a news release last month stating that a recent review of the Statewide Registered Voter Database identified 385 non-citizens registered to vote in the state, 82 of whom voted in at least one recent...

Purged OH Voters Can Vote In November | 10-21-2016

Ohio voters who were removed from the state’s voter rolls due to inactivity will be allowed to vote in the November general election by provisional ballot, according to a U.S. District Court ruling last week. That decision comes a little less than...

Politics In Brief - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

Federal Appeals Court Blocks KS Voter Registration Requirement The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has upheld an order blocking KANSAS Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) from requiring voters to show proof of citizenship when registering...

Politics In Brief - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

Federal Appeals Court Blocks OH Inactive Voter Purge The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that OHIO’s purge of inactive voters from its voting rolls violates federal law, reversing a lower court’s decision. The case now returns to...

Supreme Court Refuses To Reinstate ‘Golden Week’ In OH | 09-16-2016

After Ohio’s Republican-controlled General Assembly passed HB 234 in 2005, establishing 35 days of absentee voting in the state, there was a week-long interval, when the absentee-voting period overlapped the state’s voter registration period...

Proposed OH Ballot Measure Would Make Abortion Murder | 09-09-2016

A proposed constitutional amendment has been submitted to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) that would classify any abortion performed in the state as murder. The ballot issue would define an “unborn human” as “an individual...

OH Disenfranchising Casual Voters | 06-10-2016

Every state does periodic housekeeping on its voter rolls to keep them up to date. But only a few eliminate voters just for voting infrequently. And none of them is likely to have more of an impact on this year’s presidential election than Ohio...

OH Voting Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional | 06-10-2016

In another Ohio election law case, a federal judge has thrown out provisions voiding absentee and provisional ballots with technical flaws. The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless and the Ohio Democratic...

Politics In Brief - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

Auto Voter Registration Comes to VT VERMONT Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed legislation that will automatically register eligible residents to vote when they apply for a driver’s license. The law, which will take effect in 2017, makes Vermont the...

ACLU Sues OH Sec of State Over Voter Rolls | 04-15-2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jon Husted (R), alleging he is violating the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 by removing from the voter rolls tens of thousands of voters who haven’t...

17-Year-Olds Allowed to Vote in OH Primary | 03-18-2016

Seventeen-year-olds who will turn 18 by the November general election were allowed to vote in Ohio’s primary last Tuesday, thanks to a ruling by a county court judge in that state a few days before the election. Ohio Secretary of State John...

17-Year-Olds Sue OH Sec of State Over Right to Vote | 03-11-2016

The Fair Elections Legal Network, a national voting rights group, and nine 17-year-old Ohioans have filed suit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for refusing to allow 17-year-old residents to vote...

OH AG Sues Toledo Over Pot Law | 10-09-2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has filed a lawsuit challenging parts of a new voter-approved marijuana ordinance in the city of Toledo because he says they contradict with state law and will encourage crime. The city’s “Sensible Marihuana...

Politics In Brief - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

MN House Members Age Increase The median age of MINNESOTA House members has increased by seven years - from 47 to 55 - since 1995. For senators the increase is eight years, from 47 to 55 (TWIN CITIES PIONEER PRESS). KS Cracks Down on Voter Fraud...

OH Judge Sues State Supreme Court Justice | 05-01-2015

Judge Colleen O’Toole, of Ohio’s 11th District Court of Appeals, has filed a federal lawsuit against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and two other state court officials, alleging that fundraising restrictions on judicial...