Texas:

Lawyers for the state of Texas have accused a federal district judge of wrongfully awarding “a consolation prize” of more than $1 million in attorney fees to groups that challenged the state’s redistricting plans.

The challengers, which included Texas state legislators, voters and civil rights organizations, argued that they were entitled to the money because a court found that the redistricting plans ran afoul of the federal Voting Rights Act. Texas argued it was the winner because the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 struck down a section of the voting rights law that required the state to go to the court for approval in the first place.

Three nominees to the Election Assistance Commission have been confirmed. Link.

A far-left community organizer is going to jail for at least 2 and a half years for election fraud in Michigan.  Robert Pinkney was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for rigging a recall election for the mayor of Benton Harbor Michigan.

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As often happens, a defiant voter fraudster defended by protesters outside the courthouse.  “Free Robert Pinkney” they chanted.  Robert Pinkney was handcuffed and hauled off to jail to begin serving his 2.5 to 10 year sentence.  Benton Harbor City Commissioner Marcus Muhammed (D) questioned the legitimacy of the criminal justice system and called the court a “kangaroo court.”

Protests

Protests

At the root of the crime was a recall election.  Far left groups had targeted the mayor of Benton Harbor arguing in the (ironically named) “People’s Tribune” that “an economic system that doesn’t feed, clothe, and house its people must be overturned and replaced with a system that meets the needs of the people.” Here’s the story.

Two and a half years in prison. That’s the minimum sentence given to a Southwest Michigan political activist convicted of election fraud.

Edward Pinkney of Benton Township was taken to prison Monday after his conviction. 

Pinkney said he did nothing wrong and that he was disappointed in the jury and the system that found him guilty of changing the dates on several recall petitions.

The judge responded by reminding Pinkney he was a habitual offender and then sentenced him to two and a half to ten years in prison.

A large group of protestors chanted and held up signs outside the Berrien County Courthouse today following the sentencing of Pinkney.

Pinkney argued the jury who convicted him of five felony counts of election forgery was wrong and that he was innocent.

“I know I did nothing wrong. And I am very disappointed in the system itself,” he said.

Wisconsin Reporter:

An audit of the state Government Accountability Board shows an agency that has failed to follow its own laws and a staff that has failed to follow the directives of the six former judges who preside over the “nonpartisan” board.

 

Among other failures:

The audit found that, from February 2010 through April 2014, GAB staff did not conduct 16 statutorily required post-election reviews to identify individuals with ongoing felony sentences who may have voted. State law requires the GAB to “notify the relevant district attorney if such individuals are identified.”

 

Full Legislative Audit Bureau report and Report Highlights.

ICYMI, an editorial before the election that suddenly rings loud.  American Spectator

The Democrats, seeing the approach of the 2016 campaign, are determined to regulate political speech wherever it occurs on the Internet, and regardless of the Constitutional protections preserved by the First Amendment. The current FEC regulations require reporting and disclaimers only on paid internet ads, not on those that appear unpaid on the literally millions of websites that will carry political content throughout the next presidential campaign.  The problem stems from the Supreme Court’s various decisions that give the FEC the authority to do what they do, which, of course, like every federal agency, the FEC will extend as far as it can unless further limitations are placed on it.

Voter suppression is being alleged in Saturday’s scheduled Cincinnati NAACP election, and a local lawyer is threatening to sue the civil-rights organization unless changes are made.  Lawyer Tim Mara, acting on behalf of Cincinnati NAACP member Elizabeth Sanford, is demanding that:

• All members be treated equally when going to vote. At the moment, the plan is to ask some members to verify when they signed up.

• The election be delayed until proper notice can be given. The organization’s bylaws call for all members to be notified of an election 10 days in advance.

• Voting last 12 hours and be held at the chapter’s Reading Road office.

Link to USA Today.

Residents in a southeastern New Mexico city have overwhelmingly approved a measure to require a photo ID to vote in municipal elections. About 78 percent of voters in a special election Tuesday decided to amend the city charter to require residents to present photo identification at polling places. Hobbs is the latest battleground over requiring strict identification to cast ballots. Supporters say the measure would help eliminate potential in-person voter impersonation and increase public confidence in elections.  Link

An Arizona law requiring groups to register before spending money on election campaigns is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled, but stopped short of ordering the state not to enforce the law. Dina Galassini, of Fountain Hills, sued the town in 2011 after she was told she could not protest a local bond proposal until a political committee lodged a statement of organization.
 

“The First Amendment’s protection of free speech and association is hollow unless courts meaningfully engage with the real-world effects of these laws,” Institute for Justice attorney Diana Simpson in a statement. “Unfortunately, some courts are still failing their basic responsibility to defend the free speech rights of ordinary Americans.” The Institute for Justice, of Arlington, Va. represented Galassini.

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So the question becomes what effect, if any, does early or advanced voting (“early voting”) have on voter participation behavior?

The anecdotal evidence suggests that early voting does not increase voter participation but rather spreads out existing participation over the 23 days (counting Saturday and Sunday) allotted for early voting. The affect [sic] on minority voter patterns also appears to be negligible

Capital Research Center:

“The Bauman Family Foundation is not well known, but it and its head, Patricia Bauman, are significant leaders of the American Left.  The real estate heiress donates to liberal politicians and holds powerful positions with far-left flagship institutions like the Democracy Alliance, the Brennan Center, and Catalist.  Her foundation supports “social justice” by fighting to redistribute wealth, stop voter ID laws, deny workers the secret ballot in union elections, and otherwise achieve the Left’s goal of fundamentally transforming America’s constitutional order.”

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