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The Independent: Harvard’s Larry Lessig joins student hunger strike calling for action on voting rights
Talking Points Memo: Not Another ‘Bipartisan’ Panel: GOP Could Help Fix Democracy By Not Undermining Elections To Begin With
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Toomey and Casey should prioritize this legislation now that Dems control the Senate
Joe Biden is on track to win the election for Pennsylvania’s 20 crucial electoral college votes by a relatively comfortable margin when all the votes are counted. But President Trump’s incendiary and baseless rhetoric claiming, without any proof, that the statewide...
As the counting of votes continues, an anti-democratic suggestion has taken hold among supporters of President Trump that Republican state legislatures could prevent a Biden presidency by directly appointing Trump-supporting electors to the Electoral College, rather...
Washington Post: What happens if a nominee dies shortly before or after the election? It’s complicated.
A lawsuit filed Friday says state elections officials are discriminating by mailing unprompted absentee ballot applications to older Alaskans but not to all qualified voters. The lawsuit, filed in state court in Anchorage, seeks to have applications sent ahead of the...
After the primary election in Georgia on June 9th, we now know what the worst case scenario looks like. A perfect storm created an election meltdown, where voters were subjected to confusion, exposure to the virus, and wait times upwards of four hours.
Harvard Law Today: Lessig, who argued on behalf of ‘faithless electors,’ responds to the Supreme Court’s decision
In a unanimous decision on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that states can require Electoral College voters to back the victor of their state’s popular vote. The decision gives states the right to compel so-called ”faithless electors” to cast their electoral ballots...
Harvard Law Today: Does recent Supreme Court ruling suggest the Electoral College is ‘good for nothing’ ?
During the 2016 presidential election, multiple presidential electors tried to cast ballots for people who didn’t win a majority of their states’ votes. After Colorado removed one elector and Washington fined three, the electors sued, arguing that the U.S....
Time: The Supreme Court Just Pointed Out the Absurdity of the Electoral College. It’s Up to Us to End It
Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Rules States Can Prohibit Presidential Electors From Breaking Rank
Talking Points Memo: COVID-19 Might Not Sideline Expansion Of Ranked Choice Voting Reform In These Key States
San Antonio Current: New Report by Constitutional Scholars Blasts Texas’ Limit on Mail-In Voting as Discriminatory
Washington Post: We were presidential electors in 2016. We should be allowed the ‘vote’ our Constitution gave us.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear two cases dealing with that important and unresolved question. The cases address what we did in 2016, when we were members of the electoral college in Washington state and Colorado. The states say they need this power so they...
Law & Crime: Attorney Arguing SCOTUS ‘Faithless Elector’ Case Says 1796 Election Irregularity Could Repeat in 2020
The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in the “Faithless Elector” cases on Wednesday, May 13. Chiafalo v. Washington has been consolidated with Colorado Department of State v. Baca, and may mean a serious renovation of the electoral college....
Talking Points Memo: NY Presidential Primary Cancellation Was An Anti-Democratic Move That Harmed A Pro-Democracy Campaign
Holding an election during a pandemic is an unprecedented endeavor that requires thoughtful preparation and resource management. That’s why many states have postponed primary elections, and why those that haven’t have been roundly critiqued for forcing in-person...
CNBC: Can you argue in pajamas? Lawyers get ready for first-ever Supreme Court oral arguments by phone
Reuters: A U.S. Supreme Court first: arguments by teleconference including major one involving Trump
Talking Points Memo: The Media Can Play A Crucial Role In Preserving Democracy Amid COVID. Here’s How.
Common Dreams: ‘A day that will live in infamy’: This is what it looked like when Wisconsin forced in-person voting during a pandemic
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday it will hear arguments in Colorado’s so-called faithless electors case on April 28, leaving justices two months to weigh a question crucial to American presidential elections.
Elizabeth Warren electrified a December town hall meeting in Iowa when she answered a question about the Electoral College with a stirring call to action. “I want to get rid of it,” she declared. “My goal is to get elected and then to be the last American president to...
Great news: the Supreme Court just agreed to hear two major cases we brought about the role of presidential electors! The Supreme Court decides to hear only a tiny percentage of all the cases that come before it, so this announcement is just more evidence that our...
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether members of the Electoral College may cast their votes for presidential candidates other than the ones they had pledged to support.
NBC News: ‘Faithless elector’: Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen
Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court to decide if ‘faithless electors’ can defy a state’s presidential vote and pick another candidate
At democracy town hall, Senator Bernie Sanders commits to revitalize American democracy as President and endorses the use of democracy dollars to publicly finance federal elections