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State of Elections · 1d ago

Continuing One-Hundred Years of Federal Disenfranchisement in Puerto Rico

In 1917 President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones Act granting Puerto Ricans American citizenship. Last June 11th Puerto Rico held its sixth plebiscite (popular vote) on altering its territo...
State of Elections · 1d ago

TX State Courts Wrestling with Corporate Contribution Restrictions post-Citizens United

By: Evan Lewis This summer, the Texas Supreme Court, Texas’s highest court for civil, family, and probate matters, released their highly anticipated opinion in King Street Patriots v. Texas ...
State of Elections · 5d ago

Florida Former Felons Form Franchise Focus

By: Alannah Shubrick All men are created equal. Then, some of those men go forth into the world and commit felonies. While felons in Maine or Vermont can cast ballots from the comfort of the...
State of Elections · 1W ago

How to Help the Homeless Vote in Hawaii

By: Avery Dobbs The state of Hawaii has had the lowest voter turnout rate in the country in the past five presidential election cycles. While the reasons for low turnout rates are nuanced an...
State of Elections · 1W ago

Texas Follows the Trend of Eliminating Straight Ticket Voting

In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 25 into law, which will eliminate the straight ticket voting option beginning in 2020. In the November 2016 elections, an estimated 63% ...
State of Elections · 1W ago

Efforts to Challenge Pennsylvania’s 2011 Redistricting Continue into 2017

By: Scott McMurty Election law—and particularly map drawing—in Pennsylvania carries the potential to have significant impacts on the composition of government in Washington, as the state has...
State of Elections · 2W ago

Democracy in the District: What is the Strength of the Franchise?

By: Evan Tucker What is the strength of the franchise in America? The franchise is the device by which members of a democracy elect those who govern. The franchise’s strength, thus, is at it...
State of Elections · 2W ago

Texas Voter ID Laws and Hurricane Harvey Join in Election Maelstrom

By: Evan Lewis Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category four hurricane on the South Texas coast on August 25, 2017. Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the continent...
State of Elections · 2W ago

Tennessee Looks to Encourage Voter Turnout With Some Help from the Digital Age

By: Caroline Drinnon As of September 2017, Tennessee joined the ranks of another 35 states, plus the District of Colombia, in enacting an online voter registration system. Following a 2016 l...
State of Elections · 3W ago

Navigating the Process for Challenging Candidate Eligibility in Tennessee

By: Cody Brandon On September 8th, the Supreme Court of Tennessee handed down a ruling in McFarland v. Pemberton, a dispute between the two candidates for Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicia...