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NC’s Defense of Voter ID Law Cost State $4.9 Million, With Up to $12 Million More in Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Fees Possible

News and Observer: Through November, Republican lawmakers had spent more than $10.5 million over five years defending laws on everything from redistricting to voter ID to HB2. Almost half the money – $4.9 million – went to defend a sweeping … Continue reading ?

Texas Democrats say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018

Melissa Thrailkill witnessed Republicans in Texas win the messaging battle — and elections — for years by using immigration as a unifying issue for the party’s base. She said it’s … Click to Continue »

Judge denies request to delay lawsuit against Texas voter ID

A long-running lawsuit over Texas' contentious voter ID law will move forward in federal court, even as the Republican-controlled Legislature considers how best to modify it. A federal judge on … Click to Continue »

Breaking: Federal Court Denies Motion to Postpone Texas Voter ID Trial, Putting DOJ in Position to Change Sides in Litigation

A federal district court, following a remand from the Fifth Circuit, is considering whether Texas acted with racially discriminatory intent when it passed its controversial voter identification law. The district court had already made a finding that Texas had such … Continue reading ?

Arkansas House passes plan to voter ID resolution

The Arkansas House has passed a resolution that, if approved by voters, would require residents to present photographic identification in order to vote. A proposed constitutional amendment by Republican Rep. … Click to Continue »

Kansas Secretary Of State: Only Obstacle Voter ID Causes May Be 'Exerting Calories'

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) brushed off concerns over a voter photo identification requirement in his state last year, telling a civil rights advisory panel that he didn’t see it as a burden to reach for one’s wallet or...Show More Summary

Texas, Trump administration seek to delay voter ID hearing

The U.S. Justice Department joined Texas' attorney general Wednesday in asking a federal court to delay a hearing on the state's voter ID law, the latest signal that the federal government might drop its opposition to the law now that Donald Trump is president. Continue reading ? The post Texas, Trump administration seek to delay voter ID hearing appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Voter ID bills try to solve problems that don’t exist”

Douglas Hess oped for the Des Moines Register: Iowans should take pride in knowing that our state, like many Midwestern states, has a reputation for relatively even-handed public administration. Unfortunately, some officials are bruising that reputation with proposals to add … Continue reading ?

“Texas Republicans pitch new voter ID law”

Texas Tribune: Top Texas Republicans unveiled legislation Tuesday that would overhaul the state’s voter identification rules, an effort to comply with court rulings that have found that the current law discriminates against minority groups. Filed by Sen. Joan Huffman, Senate … Continue reading ?

New voter ID bill prompts Texas to ask court for more time

Texas wants a long-running voter ID lawsuit put on hold now that Republican lawmakers are proposing legislation that would comply with a federal court's ruling last year that found the … Click to Continue »

Wednesday News: Putting VoterID to rest

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COOPER AND AG SEEK TO END US SUPREME COURT REVIEW OF VOTER ID LAW (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Roy Cooper and state Attorney General Josh Stein have taken steps to end a U.S. Supreme Court review of North Carolina’s voter ID law, reversing a request made by former Gov. Show More Summary

“NC governor and AG seek to end US Supreme Court review of voter ID case”

The News and Observer: Thomas Farr, a Raleigh attorney who has represented the lawmakers for several years in the elections law case, sent a letter to William McKinney, Cooper’s general counsel, arguing that neither the governor nor Stein have the … Continue reading ?

“Fighting voter ID laws in the courts isn’t enough. We need boots on the ground”

Important Molly McGrath LA Times oped: States that have implemented voter ID laws have shown little to no interest in helping their citizens comply. And the advocacy organizations that oppose these laws have few resources for direct voter assistance. Instead, groups … Continue reading ?

N Carolina Dems want US high court to drop voting law review

North Carolina's new Democratic governor and attorney general say they are ending state efforts to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a GOP-backed voter ID law that was struck … Click to Continue »

Arkansas Senate panel endorses bid to reinstate Voter ID law

A Senate panel has advanced a reworked proposal to reinstate an Arkansas voter ID law that was struck down more than two years ago as unconstitutional. The Senate State Agencies … Click to Continue »

Fighting voter ID laws in the courts isn't enough. We need boots on the ground

I first met Cinderria, an 18-year-old woman of color, in a library in downtown Madison, Wis. She approached the table marked “Voter ID Assistance” and explained that with the 2016 presidential primary only a few months away, and despite several trips to the DMV, she still didn’t have a valid ID...

Do Strict Voter ID Laws Suppress Minority Voting?

Do photo ID laws reduce minority turnout? Previous studies have suggested that the answer is yes, but the effect is fairly small. However, in the Washington Post last week, three scholars wrote about a new study they conducted, which offers "a more definitive assessment" than previous studies. Show More Summary

Texas Voter Fraud Investigation: Hundreds May Have Voted Improperly

An investigation into potential voter fraud in Texas indicates that several hundred Texans may have voted improperly. The issue at hand revolves around legislation passed in Texas allowing someone unable to acquire valid ID to sign an affidavit instead, thus allowing them to exercise their right to vote. Show More Summary

Texas Prosecutors Could Target Voters Who Used Affidavits and Refused to Show Valid IDs

AP: The Texas law requires voters to show one of seven approved forms of identification to cast ballots. It was softened in August to allow people without a driver’s license or other photo ID to sign an affidavit declaring that … Continue reading ?

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