Elections

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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President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House in Washington, D.C., February 10, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Jonathan Last has a piece out at The Bulwark arguing that the Biden administration’s schedule could be a little different than its predecessors’. While most presidents use their first 100 days in office to push through their major
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Then-former Georgia senator Kelly Loeffler speaks during a campaign event at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Ga., December 5, 2020. (Dustin Chambers/Reuters) As a candidate for U.S. Senate last year, Kelly Loeffler saw the challenges: too many conservatives and right-of-center voters in Georgia are disengaged from politics, and Democrats are outpacing Republicans in the voter
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A poll worker casts a mail-in ballot for a voter at a drive-thru polling station during the primary election in Miami, Fla., August 18, 2020. (Marco Bello/Reuters) In a season of recriminations over election procedures, Florida stood out as an exemplar. More than 99 percent of its 11 million votes were counted by midnight on
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C itizen lawmaking is under attack as never before — from both Democrats and Republicans. More and more state legislatures have made it harder for voters to place initiatives on the ballot in the 26 states that allow for some form of the process. Republicans are upset that progressives have used initiatives
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President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pa., November 2, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Former president Trump will attempt to ensure that all open 2022 midterm races will feature a Republican candidate with his endorsement, three people familiar with the matter told Politico. The report comes amid an intra-GOP
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Every time I’ve seen an eye-popping claim about election fishiness that’s supposed to make me think that Biden didn’t really win, a small amount of inquiry has debunked it. So it is again today. Michael Anton writes in the latest Claremont Review of Books: Then there are the statistical anomalies. For instance, political scientist Patrick Basham
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H ow much of “Trumpism” will survive in the Republican Party now that Donald Trump is gone from the White House? That is the hot question of the day on the right. Much depends, of course, on whether Trump himself is able to stage a comeback in 2024, but there are still
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