Elections

(Jeenah Moon/Reuters) The battle over H.R. 1, the “For the People Act” — and more accurately described by National Review as “a partisan assault on American Democracy” — is scheduled to begin Senate consideration with hearings tomorrow before the Rules Committee. Your spider sense should be tingling. Jason Snead, an expert on election reform and the executive
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Stacey Abrams speaks to the crowd of supporters announcing they will wait till the morning for results of the mid-term election at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Ga., November 7, 2018. (Lawrence Bryant/Reuters) Former president Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit his electoral loss in Georgia were hardly unprecedented. To many people, President Donald Trump’s effort
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Harry Enten offers some pieces of evidence suggesting (although not proving) that expanding mail-in voting hasn’t had a strong pro-Democratic effect on election outcomes, and that restricting it wouldn’t have a strong pro-Republican effect. The lesson he draws is that “it’s not at all clear Republicans will succeed in helping their electoral prospects” by enacting
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Then-president Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first 2020 presidential campaign debate in Cleveland, Ohio, September 29, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Michael Anton takes this post of mine as a personal insult, and responds in kind in the course of a larger essay about the 2020 presidential election. I was dismissive
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Democratic U.S. House candidate Rita Hart during an Iowa Press debate, September 24, 2020. (Iowa PBS/via YouTube) Asking legislators to overturn elections is back in fashion again — if you’re a Democrat. Democrat Rita Hart is petitioning House Democrats to reverse the election of Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks by the people of Iowa’s second district to
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger gives an update on the state of the election at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga., November 6, 2020. (Dustin Chambers/Reuters) Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger criticized House Democrats’ attempt to overturn the victory of Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R., Iowa). Iowa’s board of elections certified Miller-Meeks’s victory by
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An election worker checks a voter’s drivers license as North Carolina’s “Voter ID” law goes into effect for the state’s presidential primary election at a polling place in Charlotte, N.C., March 15, 2016. (Chris Keane/Reuters) Steven Taylor at Outside the Beltway takes issue with my contention that it is inconsistent for the District of Columbia to
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Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock speaks to labor organizers and the media in Atlanta, Ga., January 5, 2021. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) Senator Raphael Warnock (D., Ga.) alleged that Republican-backed proposals on voting procedures were reminiscent of the “Jim Crow era,” during his first floor speech on Wednesday. “We are witnessing right now a massive and unabashed
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Then–president Donald Trump (left) and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the second 2020 presidential campaign debate in Nashville, Tenn., October 22, 2020 (Morry Gash/Reuters Pool) Iran intervened in the 2020 election to “undercut” President Trump’s campaign, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a report released Tuesday. “We assess that Iran
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Governor Gavin Newsom addresses a news conference held at the launch of mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., January 15, 2021. (Irfan Khan/Pool via Reuters) California governor Gavin Newsom is preparing to campaign hard to retain office in a potential special election, as organizers prepare to submit a recall petition.
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam, makes an announcement during a news conference, Richmond, Va., February 2, 2019. (Jay Paul/Reuters) Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Tuesday issued an executive order to restore voting and other civil rights to former felons upon completion of their sentence, a change that will immediately apply
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California governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in San Diego, Calif., October 9, 2019. (Mike Blake/Reuters) Elizabeth Warren tweets, “In a naked partisan power grab, extreme right-wing Republicans are trying to recall Gavin Newsom.” If so, just collecting the 1.5 million signatures to force a recall election would represent the biggest accomplishment of
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Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., February 28, 2021. (Octavio Jones/Reuters) Former President Trump on Monday touted a major correction to a Washington Post story that wrongly claimed he had asked the top Georgia elections investigator to “find the fraud” in the state’s voting tally. The Post
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A poll worker deposits a ballot into a box as people wait in line to cast votes at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Ohio, October 24, 2020. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) Will we soon say goodbye to the consent of the governed? A full-out assault on our election system — a two-pronged project of
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President Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first 2020 presidential campaign debate in Cleveland, Ohio, September 29, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Often when we talk about election reform, we have in mind questions of what might be called election-system design — ideas like ranked-choice voting, multi-member legislative districts, or the like
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The House Administration Committee held a meeting today to consider Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks’s motion to dismiss a challenge from her once and forever opponent, Democrat Rita Hart. In November, Miller-Meeks triumphed over Hart in a historically close race in Iowa’s 2nd congressional district; the Republican won by just six votes, or 0.0015 percentage points. This
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Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., February 28, 2021. (Octavio Jones/Reuters) Former President Trump issued a statement on Thursday blaming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Georgia governor Brian Kemp for the loss of both Georgia Senate seats to Democrats in runoff elections. Trump
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