The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an attempt by the Ohio Democratic Party to reinstate Ohio’s so-called Golden Week.
The ruling Sept. 13 means eligible voters in the state will not be allowed to register and cast ballots on the same day when Ohio’s absentee voting period for the presidential election begins next month.
Posted By14th of September 2016
The hacking threat to polling places is less than advertised. It’s no excuse for a federal takeover of the election process.
If everyone understood how decentralized the election process is and the way the current election system is organized, they’d realize how mistaken it would be to call in the feds…
This could be the first step in federalizing election administration. An Obama administration that has already attacked election-integrity reforms across the country by filing lawsuits against common-sense voter ID laws, and has disputed state rules on early voting and same-day registration (or the lack thereof), could use the hacker threat as an excuse to try to dictate what states should and shouldn’t do when they are exercising their constitutional authority to run elections. That is a greater danger than any Russian hackers.Posted By14th of September 2016
In a 2-1 split decision, the DC Circuit reversed a district court ruling and allowed a preliminary injunction barring Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia from including a proof of citizenship requirement on federal voter registration forms.
For now, that means voters are on the honor system, with no need to verify that they are eligible U.S. citizens beyond checking a box. From the opinion:
Neither this preliminary injunction nor a final judgment would forbid the Commission from including a proof-of-citizenship requirement if it determined that such a requirement was necessary to “effectuate [the States’] citizenship requirement[s].”Posted By12th of September 2016
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