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How Brazil’s electoral system led the country into political crisis

There’s a new twist in the already twisted saga of the Brazilian legislature’s attempt to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, who is currently suspended. On May 23, Brazil’s largest newspaper, the Folha de Sao Paulo, published a story about a leaked conversation between Planning Minister Romero Jucá — a key instigator of Rousseff’s suspension and an […]

Once Again, REAL ID Is a National ID

A small pro-national-ID group called “Keep Identities Safe” is dancing a little jig because New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (R) has signed legislation to move her state closer to compliance with our national ID law, the REAL IDShow More Summary

In a Trump-Clinton match-up, racial prejudice makes a striking difference

Attitudes about racial and ethnic groups helped fuel Donald Trump’s apparent victory in the Republican presidential primary. Trump performed best among Republicans who held unfavorable views of African Americans, Muslims, immigrants,...Show More Summary

Sentences to ponder

Plug those numbers into the formula, and the prediction is that the Democratic share of the two-party presidential vote in 2016 will be 44.99%. That is from Timothy Taylor, here is an earlier piece by Jeff Sommer. The post Sentences to ponder appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

What the hell is going on?

Donald Trump may get the nuclear suitcase, a cranky “park bench” socialist took Hillary Clinton to the wire, many countries are becoming less free, and the neo-Nazi party came very close to assuming power in Austria.  I could list more such events. Show More Summary

“Court upholds former California senator’s voter fraud conviction”

SacBee: A Los Angeles County appeals court on Tuesday upheld former state Sen. Rod Wright’s conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud. In 2014, a jury found Wright guilty of eight felonies for registering to vote at a home … Continue reading ?

Ohio Will Appeal Voting Rights Ruling

So reports the Colmbus Dispatch. See my earlier analysis of the case. … Continue reading ?

A Difficult Truth: Noninterventionism’s Less Tolerant Faction

Libertarians and other advocates of a noninterventionist foreign policy—or its close cousin, a policy of realism and restraint —have grappled with how to respond to the candidacy of Donald Trump.  Some of Trump’s policy positions are...Show More Summary

“The Revival of the Three-Fifths Clause in a Rhode Island Prison Gerrymandering Case”

Derek the Muller: A federal district court handed down a memorandum and order for summary judgment in Davidson v. City of Cranston, a case concerning “prison gerrymandering” in Rhode Island. The court concluded that the city improperly drew districts that … Continue reading ?

“Federal court questions whether Texas voter ID law can offer accommodations”

WaPo: With the U.S. Supreme Court watching, judges on a federal appeals court here Tuesday questioned whether accommodations could be made to protect minority voters and still save Texas’s strictest-in-the-nation voter ID law in time for the presidential contest in … Continue reading ?

Major New Edition of “The Law of Democracy,” (Issacharoff, Karlan, Pildes, Persily) Available for Fall

The significantly revised new edition of The Law of Democracy, which now includes Professor Nate Persily as our new co-author, is available from us in page proofs and will be published over the summer.  The new edition will also feature … Continue reading ?

“Shareholder Proposal Settlements and the Private Ordering of Public Elections”

Sarah Haan has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming, Yale Law Journal). Here is the abstract: Reform of campaign finance disclosure has stalled in Congress and at various federal agencies, but it is steadily unfolding in a firm-by-firm program of private … Continue reading ?

Prison Gerrymandering Case Succeeds in Cranston, Rhode Island

District court opinion. Update: See this press release from Prisoners of the Census. … Continue reading ?

Breaking: In Major Decision, Federal Court Blocks Cutback in Ohio Registration/Early Voting “Golden Week”

In a 120-page opinion, a federal district court has held that the Ohio legislature’s elimination of “Golden Week,” a week in which Ohio voters could both register to vote and cast an early ballot at the same location, violates both … Continue reading ?

“CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast From Grave Year After Year”

This story from CBS2’s David Goldstein is sure to make a lot of waves in CA. CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds … Continue reading ?

“Voter Registration is All About Residency (and Domicile)”

The the lead story in this month’s issue of NCSL’s The Canvass. … Continue reading ?

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