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Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Racial Redistricting | 03/25/15

The Supreme Court has dealt a heavy blow to efforts -- often by the Republican Party -- to draw legislative districts that pack black voters into majority black legislative districts in order to elect black representatives.

In a case decided today arising out of Alabama state legislative plans, the Supreme Court held that the Voting Rights Act does not require the preservation and protection of legislative districts with percentages of black voters designed to produce black elected officials. Republicans and black politicians often argue that the Voting Rights Act requires line drawers to preserve proportional black representation by creating districts where black candidates are sure to win election. These plans help Republicans by bleaching out surrounding areas helping to elect Republicans.

Instead, the Court ruled that what must be preserved is the "ability to elect" minority preferred candidates of choice -- who need not necessarily be minority candidates themselves. This means legislatures can dip below numeric thresholds which create majority black districts, and not necessarily offend the Voting Rights Act.

Read more of J. Christian Adams' PJ Media article.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID Law | 03/24/15

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal to overturn Wisconsin's voter identification law, upsetting civil rights and liberal groups that say the law discourages minorities from casting their ballot.

On Monday the justices said, without comment or explanation, that they would not hear an appeal aimed at overturning the voter ID law, which was signed into law in 2011 by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender.

The American Civil Liberties Union immediately filed a motion for a stay so as to not allow the law to go immediately into effect.

The ACLU challenged the law -- which requires voters to present photo identification before they cast their ballots -- saying it violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act against discrimination in voting.

In a statement Monday, Mr. Walker praised the justices' decision to let the law stand as "great news for Wisconsin voters" and "a common-sense reform that protects the integrity of our voting process, making it easy to vote and hard to cheat."

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ACRU Wins Consent Decree to Clean Up Texas County's Voter Rolls | 03/19/15

SANDERSON, TX (March 18, 2015) --- The United States District Court in Del Rio, Texas, has entered a consent decree requiring a Texas county to maintain clean voter rolls. Terrell County had more registered voters than age-eligible residents.

In the decree, signed by Judge Alia Moses, Terrell County officials agree to abide by federal law and clean the voter registration rolls of deceased persons, former residents and otherwise ineligible voters.

"We're very pleased," said ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan A. Carleson. "The Left's 'Battleground Texas' campaign is counting on vote fraud to 'turn Texas blue' and end national two-party competitiveness, but they will have a tough time if all Texas counties clean up their voter rolls."

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Hear Wisconsin Voter ID Case | 03/13/15

Legal challenges to Wisconsin's voter photo identification law have been underway for four years.

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court might decide whether to rule on the law's constitutionality. Justices blocked the photo ID law last fall - just weeks before the November election.

Now, some organizers wonder if the justices could do an about-face, with only weeks left before next month's election.

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ACRU Asks Court to Take NC Voter Law Case | 02/09/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals erred when it overruled a District Court's opinion upholding a law reforming North Carolina's voting process just before the 2014 election, the American Civil Rights Union argues in a brief filed Feb. 4 urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the state's appeal.

In State of North Carolina, et al. v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina, et al., the ACRU's brief, written by General Counsel Peter Ferrara, notes that minority voting percentages in 2014 rose under the law instead of declining as the plaintiffs had projected.

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Wisconsin Is Ground Zero in Voter ID Fight | 01/19/15

Wisconsin is not only an electoral battleground state, it is ground zero in the fight to ensure honest elections.

Failing to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 or to defeat him in the 2014 election, union-backed legal groups are continuing their efforts to try to make voter fraud easier to commit.

Rebuffed by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a petition at the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to overturn Wisconsin's Voter ID law. On Thursday, Attorney General Brad Schimel's communications director Anne E. Schwartz responded to an email, saying only that, "We will continue to defend the Wisconsin Voter ID Law."

Enacted in 2011, Act 23 requires voters to show one of several forms of photo identification before voting.

Wisconsin is one of 17 states that have added a voter ID law following the Supreme Court's upholding of Indiana's photo ID law in 2008. A total of 34 states now require some form of ID to vote, according to the ACLU's petition.

Read more of ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight's column at the Daily Caller.

Grand Jury Recommends Charges Against Pa. Attorney General | 01/09/15

A grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The grand jury found that she leaked secret grand jury information to a newspaper in an effort to smear political enemies. PJ Media has been covering Kane's refusal to prosecute Pennsylvania Democrats who took bribes in order to oppose photo voter identification legislation in Pennsylvania.

Read more of J. Christian Adams' PJ Media article.

Pennsylvania Legislator Was Paid to Oppose Voter ID Law, Grand Jury Alleges | 12/17/14

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania State Rep. Ron Waters was charged Dec. 16 with allegedly accepting a $8,750 bribe to oppose a voter ID bill and take other official actions on behalf of an informant.

Waters, D-191, and state Rep. Vanessa Brown, D-190, both of Philadelphia, each were charged with criminal conspiracy, bribery in official and political matters, conflict of interest and for failing to make required disclosures on statements of financial interest.

Waters and Brown were among four state lawmakers caught in an undercover sting investigation that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute, claiming the case was flawed. Williams later requested the case, which was submitted to an ongoing Philadelphia investigative grand jury.

Waters, who represents Darby Borough and parts of Yeadon, allegedly accepted nine payments totaling $8,750 from an informant between Oct. 22, 2010, and April 20, 2012, according to the findings of an investigative grand jury.

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Kentucky Mayor, Husband Sentenced for Vote Buying | 12/16/14

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The 69-year-old former mayor of Martin, Ky. was sentenced to 90 months in a federal prison.

Ruth Robinson was sentenced Monday afternoon in U.S District Court in Pikeville.

Earlier this year, Robinson was convicted on federal vote buying, civil rights violations, and social security charges in two separate cases.

Robinson's husband, James "Red" Robinson, 64, was also sentenced Monday for his conviction in the vote buying case. He was sentenced to 40 months in a federal prison.

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ACLU 'Thrilled' to Kill Voter ID in Arkansas | 10/21/14

Reacting to the Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling declaring the state's voter-identification law unconstitutional, ACLU of Arkansas Legal Director Holly Dickson said her group is "thrilled."

Well, why not. They've been at it all over the country, trying to take down voter ID laws and enrich the ground that can yield a bumper crop of vote fraud.

The unanimous decision on Oct. 15 upheld a lower court ruling and will affect early balloting, which began Monday, Oct. 20. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 4.

The Republican-controlled state legislature enacted the fraud-prevention law in 2013 over a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. The justices ruled that the law requiring all voters to present government-issued photo identification, "imposes a requirement that falls outside" four qualifications outlined in the state constitution: A voter must be a U.S. citizen, an Arkansas resident, 18 years old and registered to vote.

Providing proof that voters are, indeed, who they say they are, a requirement that the American Civil Rights Union and more than 70 percent of the public strongly supports, is too high a hurdle, according to the ACLU.

Ms. Dickson called the law "an unconstitutional barrier that has already stolen legitimate voting rights." When clerks ask to see an ID before selling beer, are they "stealing legitimate drinking rights?"

Read more of Robert Knight's American Thinker column.

Supreme Court Upholds Texas Voter ID Law | 10/21/14

The Supreme Court allowed Texas to enforce its strict voter identification laws in the upcoming midterms on Oct. 18. The decision, which came at 5 a.m., was unsigned and contained no reasoning.

The court rejected requests from the Obama administration and civil rights groups, refusing to re-impose an injunction against the law that was granted by a district court judge but lifted by the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 14.

The law requires voters to present a photo ID at the polls before casting their ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include a Texas drivers license, a military ID, passport, or Texas gun license.

All three female Justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, publicly dissented from the decision.

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Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law | 10/16/14

In a ruling that could affect a key U.S. Senate race, the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the state's voter-identification law unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision, which upheld a lower court, came just days before early balloting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election.

The justices ruled that Act 595, which required voters to show government-issued photo identification, "imposes a requirement that falls outside" the four qualifications outlined in the state constitution: A voter must be a U.S. citizen, an Arkansas resident, 18 years old and registered to vote.

The constitutional qualifications "simply do not include any proof-of-identity requirement," the majority wrote in its 20-page opinion.

The law, which took effect Jan. 1, was approved in April 2013 after the Republican-dominated Legislature overrode the veto of Gov. Mike Beebee, a Democrat.

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Appeals Court Upholds Texas Voter ID Law | 10/15/14

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday afternoon gave the state of Texas permission to enforce its strict voter ID law, finding that a federal judge's ruling last week barring the use of that law "substantially disrupts the election process . . . just nine days before early voting Monday." 

The three-judge panel commented that the Supreme Court "has repeatedly instructed courts to carefully consider the importance of preserving the status quo on the eve of an election." That was a controlling reason, it said, for permitting the law to govern voting in the remaining days before the November 4 election.

Opponents on Tuesday immediately filed an application to the U.S. Supreme Court to block the law.

Read more at SCOTUS Blog.

Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina Voting Law | 10/10/14

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld North Carolina's new voting law, which cuts back on early voting and eliminates same-day registration.

The ruling affects North Carolina, scene of a tight Senate race that could help decide which party wins control of that chamber for the final two years of President Obama's term.

The justices reversed a federal appeals court's decision that would have allowed same-day registration and counted votes cast mistakenly in the wrong precincts. Those were among several other procedures eliminated by the state Legislature last year.

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Courts Strike Down Wisconsin, Texas Voter ID Laws | 10/10/14

The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday blocked Wisconsin from enforcing its strict voter identification law in November's election.

By a 6-3 vote, the justices granted an emergency appeal from civil rights lawyers, who argued it was too late to put the rule into effect this year.

Lawyers for the ACLU noted that the state had already sent out thousands of absentee ballots without mentioning the need for voters to return a copy of their photo identification.

At nearly the same time, a federal judge in Texas struck down that state's new voter ID law on the grounds that it violated the constitutional right to vote and discriminated against racial minorities.

Texas Atty. Gen. Gregg Abbott said the state would appeal.

The Wisconsin and Texas cases were the two most closely watched tests of new voter rules this year. In both states, Republican-led legislatures sought to tighten the rules for voting and to require all registered voters who did not have a driver's license to obtain a photo ID card at a state motor vehicles office.

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Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law | 10/07/14

MADISON, Wis. - A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Wisconsin's requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls is constitutional, a decision that is not surprising after the court last month allowed for the law to be implemented while it considered the case.

State elections officials are preparing for the photo ID law to be in effect for the Nov. 4 election, even as opponents continue their legal fight. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project asked the U.S. Supreme Court last week to take emergency action and block the law.

Opponents argue that requiring voters to show photo ID, a requirement that had, until recently, been on hold since a low-turnout February 2012 primary, will create chaos and confusion at the polls. But supporters say most people already have a valid ID and, if they don't, there is time to get one before the election.

The opinion from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes a month before the election involving the closely watched race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who supports the law, and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

A lower court judge, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, struck the law down as unconstitutional in April, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters who may lack such identification. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the 7th Circuit to overturn that ruling.

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Court's Ohio Decision on Early Voting Could Affect Other States | 10/06/14

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court delayed the start of early voting in Ohio on Sept. 27, a day before it was scheduled to begin, temporarily blocking a victory won by voting rights groups in lower courts.

The decision has potential implications for other states, including Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas, where state efforts to tighten up voting procedures are opposed by civil rights groups who say they disproportionately affect minorities.

Ohio's was the first of those cases to reach the high court, and the conservative majority blocked lower court rulings that would have jump-started early voting Tuesday.

Their action, opposed by the court's four liberal justices, reversed a federal appeals court decision that had blocked the state from reducing early voting from 35 to 28 days. The lower court also had ordered the state to restore some evening and Sunday voting that the Legislature had eliminated.

Those reductions remain in place as a result of the high court's order. The justices invited the state to seek a full ruling on the merits of the case. If that request is denied or the state loses in court, the expanded voting hours would be restored -- albeit too late for this year's election.

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Federal Court Overturns Part of NC Voting Reforms | 10/01/14

A federal appeals court granted a temporary order on Wednesday that will allow same-day registration and provisional ballots in this fall's North Carolina elections, but refused to intervene on changes that shortened the early voting period.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Charlotte last Thursday in the case that came after the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly passed a series of changes in 2013. Supporters say the measures are intended to strengthen the integrity of elections. Those who sued to overturn the laws say the changes are unfair because they disproportionately hurt young voters and minorities.

Wednesday's ruling means voters can register and vote on the same day during the in-person early voting period, Oct. 23-Nov. 1. The temporary order also allows voters to cast ballots even if they show up at the wrong precinct.

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Court Lifts Stay on Wisconsin's Voter ID Law | 09/15/14

In a decision that has little substantive meaning, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction against Wisconsin Voter ID that a lower court imposed. This was not a decision on the merits. It merely means that the 7th Circuit will allow voter ID to go into effect for the November elections absent the injunction being reimposed by the full 7th Circuit or United States Supreme Court.

The other significant part of the decision is that it is predictive. It gives an indication what the 7th Circuit will decide in the appeal of the lower court's injunction. The left has been hailing the lower court opinion as providing a new architecture for attacking voter ID under the Voting Rights Act. The Voting Rights Act does not provide an easy fit with voter ID laws, largely because of an absence of proof that they were enacted with a discriminatory intent.

Read more of J. Christian Adams' article at PJ Media.

Federal Judge Rejects Mississippi Lawsuit on Voter Information | 09/04/14

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Texas-based True the Vote and 22 Mississippians seeking birth dates of Mississippi voters.

"Plaintiffs are not entitled to any of the requested documents they seek in this case under the National Voter Registration Act," U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas said in her opinion. "Neither poll books nor absentee ballot applications and envelopes fall within the NVRA Public Disclosure Provision. Mississippi's Voter Roll does fall within that provision, but Plaintiffs already have a copy of the Voter Roll and Defendant (Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert) Hosemann has conceded that it is disclosable under the NVRA."

Hosemann said all information contained on the poll books is and was available to this out-of-state corporation, any citizen or any candidate, after properly redacting the voter's birthdate.

True the Vote and the 22 Mississippians filed the lawsuit against Hosemann, the state Republican Party and election commissions in nine counties.

"This is not a case of voter fraud," Atlas said. "It's whether the National Voter Registration Act was complied with and whether it pre-empts state statute. This case is about transparency of the voter process with the counter-issue of voter privacy."

True the Vote claims it was denied access to voting records in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties. The group also claims records have been destroyed or tampered with.

Most of the Mississippians who joined with True the Vote in the lawsuit were supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel in his challenge of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel led the June 3 Republican primary but lost to Cochran in the June 24 runoff.

True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht testified that the organization wants only a fair election process.

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Trial Begins in Texas Voter ID Law Case | 09/03/14

(Reuters) - A U.S. court in Texas heard arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state's Republican leaders say will prevent fraud, and which plaintiffs claim is an attempt to suppress minority turnout.

The case is also part of a new strategy by the Obama administration to challenge voting laws it says discriminate by race in order to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that freed states from strict federal oversight.

The trial that started on Tuesday at the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi stems from a battle over stringent voter ID measures signed into law by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, in 2011. The law requires voters to present a photo ID such as a concealed handgun license or driver's license, but it excludes student IDs as invalid.

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Appeals Court Delays Wisconsin Voter ID Ruling | 08/25/14

MADISON (AP) - A federal appeals court put off a decision until next month on whether to put Wisconsin's voter ID law back in place.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had asked the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the voter ID law while it considers a lower court ruling that found the requirement to present a photo ID at the polls violated the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act.

Wisconsin's Republican-led Legislature passed the photo ID requirement and Gov. Scott Walker signed it in 2011.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law | 07/31/14

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a 2011 law backed by Republicans requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The rulings in two separate voter ID cases were released Thursday morning among several major decisions issued simultaneously.

The law already was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in Milwaukee this spring, meaning that Thursday's rulings have no immediate effect. That federal court decision is under appeal.

For the law to take effect, both the state Supreme Court and the federal courts would have to find it to be constitutional.

In April, U.S. District Judge Lynn struck down the law, saying it violates the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.

Gov. Scott Walker praised Thursday's rulings and said he was confident voter ID would ultimately be upheld in federal court.

"Voter ID is a common-sense reform that protects the integrity of our elections," Walker said. "People need to have confidence in our electoral process and to know their vote has been properly counted. We look forward to the same result from the federal court of appeals."

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Court to Hear Texas Voter ID Case | 07/16/14

In early September, a court in Corpus Christi begins a trial that should decide whether the current law requiring Texas voters to show government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot is constitutional.

As it has happened with cases over redistricting, the Texas voter ID fight is expected to get national attention because two years ago a three-judge federal court in Washington ruled the 2011 legislation unconstitutional.

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True the Vote Sues Mississippi Secretary of State, GOP over Alleged Vote Fraud | 07/02/14

Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi's Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state's June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected.

The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday's runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black community.

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DOJ Absent from Blatant Voting Bias Case | 05/30/14

Judge Ramona Manglona of the federal district court for the Northern Mariana Islands just threw out a blatantly unconstitutional provision of the territorial government that strictly limited registration and voting for a referendum to only those "persons of Northern Marianas descent."

The Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) defines persons of Northern Marianas descent as those who are "at least one-quarter Northern Marianas Chamorro or Northern Marianas Carolinian blood or a combination thereof or an adopted child of a person of Northern Marianas descent if adopted while under the age of eighteen years." One is considered a "full-blooded" Chamorro or Carolinian if "born or domiciled" in the territory by 1950.

There is no question that CNMI's voting prohibitions are racially discriminatory. In fact, they are reminiscent of the odious "one-drop rule" of racial segregation codes or the First Regulation to the Reichs Citizenship Law of Nov. 14, 1935, which similarly defined Jews based on their ancestry.

Yet John Davis was forced to bring this suit at his own expense, with his own lawyer, because the Justice Department was nowhere to be found. It had no interest in filing a lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act against a blatantly discriminatory and repugnant law that prevented John Davis from voting because he doesn't have the right "blood" quantum.

Read more of Hans von Spakovsky's National Review column.

Judges and Voter ID | 05/21/14

On April 29, federal-district-court judge Lynn Adelman -- a Clinton appointee, former Democratic state senator, and former Legal Aid Society lawyer -- held that Wisconsin's voter-ID requirement violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, because it places "an unjustified burden on the right to vote."

This decision has gotten a great deal of attention in the mainstream press (or the drive-by media, as Rush Limbaugh likes to calls them).What got almost no attention was a decision by another federal district court in Tennessee on February 20 over that state's voter-ID law. In that case, Judge Ronnie Greer upheld voter ID as constitutional.

Read Hans von Spakovsky's column.

ACLU Sues over Pullback on Early Voting in Ohio | 05/12/14

COLUMBUS - The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a federal lawsuit on May 8 against Ohio's elections chief over limits to when voters can cast an early ballot in the perennial battleground state.

Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person before Election Day without giving any reason. About 33 percent of those who voted in the 2012 presidential election cast an early ballot.

The lawsuit filed in Columbus federal court claims that recent cuts to early voting will make it difficult for tens of thousands of residents to vote and will unfairly affect black voters, who the groups say are more likely to use weekend and evening hours to vote early in elections.

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The ACLU's Vote Fraud Campaign | 05/01/14

The American Civil Liberties Union is at it again, throwing a log in front of the accelerating -- and widely supported -- campaign against vote fraud.

This time, the liberal group is asking for an injunction to block Arkansas from enforcing its new voter photo-ID law while the court considers the ACLU's lawsuit, which claims that the statute violates the Arkansas Constitution by suppressing minority voting.

As usual, the ACLU has managed to dig up several plaintiffs who claim harm for having to show a photo ID before voting. For the record, the ACLU has not filed lawsuits against airlines, banks, government agencies, beer and wine stores, and the U.S. Justice Department visitor's desk for requiring photo IDs, or against motorcycle cops who stop drivers and ask to see their licenses.

It's only when people are voting to choose who governs and taxes us that the ACLU generates nuisance lawsuits and false charges of racism.

Read more of Robert Knight's Washington Times column.

Big Win for Electoral Integrity in Arizona, Kansas | 04/05/14

In a big victory for election integrity, Arizona and Kansas -- led by their Secretaries of State, Ken Bennett and Kris Kobach -- have obtained an order from a federal judge allowing them to enforce their proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration.

In a decision issued on March 19, Judge Eric Melgren of the federal district court of Kansas found that the refusal of federal election authorities to add state-specific instructions to the federal voter-registration form notifying residents of Arizona and Kansas that they have to provide proof that they are U.S. citizens to complete their registration is "unlawful and in excess of its statutory authority."

Read more of Hans von Spakovsky's article.

ACRU Sues Second Texas County over Voter Rolls | 03/28/14

The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) filed suit in U.S. District Court in Del Rio on Thursday against another Texas county for having more registered voters than age-eligible residents. The suit against Zavala County marks the second legal action following the ACRU's notifying 15 Texas counties last September that they are in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Law).

On Jan. 27, the ACRU sued Terrell County, where more than 121 percent of citizens aged 18 and over were registered to vote in 2013.

In the Zavala complaint filed on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Del Rio Division, the ACRU alleges that:

"Currently, 8,623 are registered to vote in Zavala County when only 8,205 age-eligible citizens live in Zavala County. This represents an implausible registration rate of 105 percent."

Read press release.

Judge Rules for Kansas, Arizona in Citizenship Voter ID Case | 03/21/14

A U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona and Kansas can require anyone registering to vote to prove their citizenship and the federal Election Assistance Commission cannot block them.

The ruling is a boost for states' rights and marks a setback for President Obama and other liberals who fought stiffer voter ID checks with an argument that they reduce voter turnout.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Voter ID Case | 02/26/14

MADISON - A Wisconsin law requiring voters to show identification at the polls went before the state's highest court Tuesday. The Wisconsin Supreme Court listened to arguments for more than three hours in front of a packed courtroom.

Attorneys on both sides of the law faced questions from the court's justices.

Justice Pat Roggensack told the state's attorney she's concerned some people have to pay $20 for a birth certificate, which they need to get an ID.

"Since the voter ID law was in place, or was going to be in place, there were some places in Wisconsin that offered free birth certificates," responded Clayton Kawski, an assistant Attorney General for Wisconsin.

The law was enacted in 2011. It was in effect for a primary election in February 2012, but it was blocked soon after by a court order. It hasn't been in place since.

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Federal Court Rejects Green Party Attack on Voter ID | 02/24/14

A federal court in Tennessee has dealt a serious setback to those attacking photo voter identification laws around the country - including Eric Holder's Justice Department in North Carolina.

United States District Court Judge Ronnie Greer has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the Green Party challenging the Volunteer State's photo voter ID law.

While the decision was bad for the Green Party in Tennessee, the opinion may be even worse for voter ID opponents nationwide such as the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and Eric Holder.

Read PJ Media article by J. Christian Adams.

Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Photo ID Law | 01/18/14

A Pennsylvania judge on Jan. 17 struck down the state's voter ID law, which was signed in early 2012 and is one of the strictest in the nation, ruling that the statute "unreasonably burdens the right to vote."

"Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal," Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley wrote. Pennsylvania's law requires all voters to bring to the polls identification issued by the state government or the U.S. government, or another valid credential such as a student ID with an expiration date, in order to cast their vote. If a would-be voter does not have an appropriate ID, that person can cast a provisional ballot and the vote will be counted if an adequate ID is brought to the local elections office within six days.

The state's Republican-led Legislature passed the law in spring 2012, saying it would help prevent voter fraud, and GOP Gov. Tom Corbett signed it shortly thereafter.

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Ohio Agrees to Clean Up Voter Rolls | 01/13/14

True the Vote and Judicial Watch have reached a "historic" settlement with Ohio to ensure clean voter rolls in that state. The settlement is historic because it marks the first case brought by a private party under Section 8 of Motor Voter against a state to require the clean up of corrupted state voter rolls. 

Last fall, the American Civil Rights Union was the first private organization to reach a settlement under Motor Voter, securing consent decrees in federal court with two Mississippi counties. 

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True the Vote Sues Two Colorado County Clerks | 12/18/13

A national conservative organization that aims to address voter fraud filed lawsuits on Dec. 16 against two Colorado county clerks for what it says is improper maintenance of voter rolls.

True the Vote alleges clerks from Gilpin and Mineral counties have voter registration rates -- according to the group's analysis -- of more than 100 percent, which it says signifies a problem.

As a result, the group says, the clerks haven't complied with the Voter Registration Act of 1993 by not making "a reasonable effort to conduct voter list maintenance programs in elections for federal office."

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Kansas, Arizona Seek to Have Feds Require Citizenship on Forms | 12/10/13

The Secretaries of State of Kansas and Arizona are trying to force the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to change federal voter registration forms, which do not require documented proof of U.S. citizenship, to match their state forms, which do.

Their lawsuit (Kobach, Bennett v. EAC) against the EAC is scheduled to be heard next week in U.S. District Court in Wichita.


West Virginia County's Vote Fraud, Political Corruption Yield Convictions | 12/05/13

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said he believes the epidemic of political corruption in Mingo County has probably been stopped as a result of recent efforts by his office and others.

Goodwin was in a federal courtroom on Dec. 2 when former Mingo County Magistrate Dallas Toler pleaded guilty to federal vote fraud. Toler is the fourth former Mingo County elected official to plead guilty to various charges in recent months.

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Virginia County Registrar Threatened with Lawsuits over Refusal to Clean Up Voter Rolls | 11/21/13

CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - Chesterfield County Registrar Larry Haake is in a legal battle after refusing to purge thousands of voter names. Before this year's election, he and other registrars were told to erase the names of people who weren't legally allowed to vote in Virginia.

The Chesterfield County Registrar refused until after the election, claiming the list was full of errors.

Two groups -- the American Civil Rights Union and True the Vote -- are now threatening legal action, and demanding that he clean up the rolls.

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Wisconsin Trial over Voter ID Law Underway | 11/11/13

A federal trial began on Nov. 4 over Wisconsin's voter ID law. The trial involves two cases and is expected to last two weeks. A Dane County judge in a different case has already blocked the law, but opponents of voter ID are pursuing the federal litigation in an attempt to ensure the requirement never goes back into effect.

Minorities and senior citizens testified about costly and time-consuming difficulties they said they faced in getting photo IDs. Assistant attorneys general defended the law in court, saying requiring IDs was a reasonable way to curb fraud and maintain public confidence in the way the state runs elections.

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Five More Plead Guilty in Kentucky Vote Fraud Case | 11/11/13

LEXINGTON -- Five former officials in Clay County have pleaded guilty to charges in a case that alleged widespread vote fraud, bringing the case to a close.

Three others charged in the case previously pleaded guilty. All eight were charged with being part of a racketeering conspiracy that used the county Board of Elections as a tool to buy or steal votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

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ACRU Warns Arizona County | 11/06/13

"Dirty voter rolls are Step One to vote fraud," said J. Christian Adams, American Civil Rights Union Policy board member.

WASHINGTON D.C. ---- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) sent a notice to Apache County, Arizona officials that they are violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration ("Motor Voter") Act. The county has more registered voters in the state than voting age-eligible residents, according to official data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration office.

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ACRU Warns Alabama Counties | 11/06/13

WASHINGTON D.C. ---- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has sent notices to numerous Alabama counties that they are in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration ("Motor Voter") Act. The counties have more registered voters than voting age-eligible residents, according to official data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration offices.

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ACRU Warns Kentucky Counties | 11/06/13

WASHINGTON D.C. ---- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has put numerous Kentucky counties on notice that they are violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration ("Motor Voter") Act. The counties have more registered voters than voting age-eligible residents, according to official data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration.

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Florida Congressman's Aide Gets Jail Over Absentee Ballot Vote Fraud | 10/23/13

MIAMI -- Congressman Joe Garcia's former chief of staff will head to jail for orchestrating a fraudulent, online absentee-ballot request scheme during last year's elections.

Jeffrey Garcia (no relation), the Miami Democratic congressman's longtime political strategist, will spend 90 days in jail as part of a plea deal reached with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office, the Miami Herald has learned.

Prosecutors tied Jeffrey Garcia to hundreds of phony ballot requests submitted for last year's elections on behalf of unsuspecting voters without their permission.

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Second Mississippi County Agrees to Clean Voter Rolls | 10/22/13

JACKSON, Mississippi -- A second county in south Mississippi has agreed to clean up its inflated voter rolls after being sued by a conservative group (the ACRU) that said the county failed to purge the names of people who had died, moved away or been convicted of disenfranchising felonies.

In a consent decree filed this past Friday in federal court, Jefferson Davis County said that by Jan. 31, it will identify people on the rolls who are no longer eligible to vote.

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Iowa Man Guilty in Vote Fraud Case | 10/09/13

DES MOINES -- A Dallas County man, Tehvedin Murgic, pleaded guilty to interfering or attempting to interfere with a voter while the voter was marking a ballot during a general election.

A report last November by the Associated Press said Murgic was ineligible to vote because he was not a U.S. citizen, but registered and cast a ballot in the 2010 general election.

A Secretary of State's Office spokesman also said Murgic is a felon, another factor that could make him ineligible to vote.

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Holder Sues North Carolina over Voter ID Law | 10/01/13

The Justice Department filed suit on Monday to block North Carolina's new voter-ID law, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. accusing state Republicans of engaging in a deliberate effort to suppress black voter turnout.

"The Obama Justice Department's baseless claims about North Carolina's election reform law are nothing more than an obvious attempt to quash the will of the voters and hinder a hugely popular voter ID requirement," North Carolina State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis, both Republicans, said.

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Maryland Woman Pleads Guilty to Vote Fraud | 09/24/13

A Frederick County woman pleaded guilty to vote fraud after she was charged with signing her dead mother's name on an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election, the state prosecutor's office announced on Sept. 19.

Elsie Virginia Schildt, 46, was sentenced to probation before judgment and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service in the first 120 days of her probation.

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NAACP, Others Join Justice Dept. Suit Against Texas ID Law | 09/20/13

AUSTIN -- The Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Texas NAACP filed a lawsuit on Sept. 17 to overturn the state's Voter ID law, joining the Justice Department in fighting the law.

The two groups filed their petition with a federal court in Corpus Christi, the same court where other civil rights groups and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are fighting the requirement that voters must show a government-issued photo ID card to cast a ballot.

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The Latest Evidence of Voter Fraud — and Discrimination | 09/10/13

Obama-administration officials and their liberal camp-followers who routinely claim there is no reason to worry about election integrity because vote fraud is nonexistent suffered some embarrassing setbacks last week.

Federal law requires states to clean up their voter rolls. In 2009, the Obama Justice Department dismissed, with no explanation, a lawsuit filed by the Bush administration asking Missouri for such a clean-up. It has since taken no action against any other state or jurisdiction since it has an unofficial policy of not enforcing this requirement. But private parties are starting to force changes.

In Mississippi last Wednesday, the American Civil Rights Union won a significant victory for election integrity when a federal judge approved a consent decree in which Walthall County agreed to finally clean up its bloated voter-registration list. The county has more registered voters than the Census says it has eligible voters. The ACRU sued the county (which went for Romney in 2012) under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires election officials to maintain accurate voter rolls through a regular program that removes ineligible voters.

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ACRU Court Victory Means Dead People, Felons Will Finally be Taken Off Voter Rolls in Mississippi County | 09/10/13

The American Civil Rights Union landed a major victory this week when a U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of Mississippi signed a consent decree to clean up Walthall County's voter registration rolls. Census data for the county shows there are 9,536 people over the age of 18. The problem, however, is that there are 10,078 active voters listed on official records, which prompted ACRU to sue officials in the county earlier this year.

"This is historic and should have been done 20 years ago," ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson said in a statement. "It's the first time since Motor Voter [National Voter Registration Act] was enacted in 1993 giving private parties the right to sue over voting irregularities that any private party has won a case to require clean voter rolls. With the Justice Department on the warpath against state election integrity laws, it couldn't come at a better time."

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Mississippi County Forced by Federal Court to Purge Bloated Voter Rolls | 09/10/13

A former U.S. Justice Department attorney is pleased that a federal court has ordered a Mississippi county to clean up its voter registration, which had more registered voters than voting age-eligible residents.

In April, the American Civil Rights Union sued Walthall County, Mississippi officials under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, commonly called Motor Voter.

Late last week, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi entered a final consent decree, requiring the defendants to clean up their voter rolls.

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Court Victory for Voter Integrity in Mississippi | 09/06/13

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in the Southern District of Mississippi signed a consent decree to clean up a county's voter registration rolls in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), a conservative counterweight to the ACLU, in a Wednesday ruling.

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA, also called Motor Voter) lowered the requirements for registering to vote in many ways, some of which carry significant risks of voter fraud. But it also empowers private entities to sue to enforce various provisions in NVRA.

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Walthall County Agrees to Clear Inflated Voter Roll | 09/05/13

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- South Mississippi's Walthall County has agreed to purge the names of ineligible voters from its voter registration roll, including those of any dead people and disenfranchised felons whose names appear.

The agreement was filed Wednesday in a consent order (PDF) in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. The American Civil Rights Union sued two south Mississippi counties, Walthall and Jefferson Davis, in April. The lawsuits said the counties both had more registered voters than residents who were at least 18, the minimum voting age.

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ACRU Wins Historic Consent Decree for Mississippi County to Clean Up Voter Rolls | 09/05/13

HATTIESBURG, MS ----  Officials in Walthall County, Mississippi, were sued in April by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (commonly called "Motor Voter") for having more registered voters than voting-age-eligible residents.

On Wednesday, the parties settled the case. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi entered a final Walthall County Consent Decree requiring the defendants to clean up the county's voter rolls.

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ACLU of Iowa Asks Judge to Block Effort to Remove Ineligible Voters from Rolls | 09/04/13

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa has asked a Polk County judge to permanently block a state rule guiding the removal of ineligible voters from the rolls. The request for summary judgment in the lawsuit against Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schulz is the latest turn in a case that has gone on for nearly a year.

If granted, the rule that Schultz's office enacted earlier this year outlining a process for identifying and removing noncitizens from the state voter rolls would be invalidated.

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Two Somali Immigrants Charged with Double Voting in Minnesota | 08/28/13

About 50 men and women packed a Rice County courtroom on August 27 as two Somali women pleaded not guilty to charges of voter fraud stemming from the general election last November.

Farhiya Abdi Dool, 38, and Amina A Hassan, 31, each face one felony charge of unlawful voting for voting once by absentee ballot and once at a polling place during the 2012 general election. Each woman faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the offense.

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Holder Tangles with Texas | 08/27/13

The Justice Department's case distorts the effect of Voter-ID laws and misinterprets the Voting Rights Act. Hans von Spakovsky explains.

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Kansas, Arizona Sue U.S. over Citizenship Issue | 08/27/13

Kansas and Arizona have sued the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, seeking a court order forcing it to amend voter registration forms for those states so that people signing up are required to prove they're citizens.

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Holder Sues Texas to Stop Voter ID | 08/26/13

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. sued Texas on Aug. 22, escalating the battle over voting rights and saying the Legislature was intentionally trying to discriminate against Hispanics when it redrew its congressional district maps and passed a voter-ID law.

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Ex-Judge, Five Others Out of Prison Awaiting Retrial on Vote-Buying Charges | 08/06/13

CLAY COUNTY, KY -- A former southeastern Kentucky judge and five others have been released from prison until they are retried in October on federal charges that they engineered a vote-buying scheme that stretched across three election cycles.

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J. Christian Adams Testifies on the Voting Rights Act | 07/26/13

On July 18, 2013, ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams delivered the following testimony on the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County before the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

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Ohio Woman Convicted of Vote Fraud Wanted to 'Test the System' | 07/17/13

Beavercreek resident Virginia McMillan, who was sentenced to 20 days in jail after being convicted in June of election falsification last November, told local officials her intent was to "test the system," according to court records obtained by Media Trackers.

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Ex-Arkansas Legislator Sentenced for Vote Fraud | 07/17/13

LITTLE ROCK - A judge has sentenced a former east Arkansas legislator convicted of election fraud to three years of probation, including nine months of home confinement.  Former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum pleaded guilty in September, along with his father and two campaign workers to charges of bribing voters and using absentee ballots to commit fraud in the 2011 election for his seat. He was sentenced on June 20.

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Expert Claims Voter ID Law Will Disenfranchise Half Million People | 07/16/13

Bernard Siskin, a statistical expert who has consulted for companies and government agencies, testified that about 511,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania lack the state-issued IDs required at the polls under the new law, which was passed last spring but has yet to be enforced. State officials say they have made free IDs easier to access. 

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Trial over Pennsylvania Photo ID Law Begins | 07/16/13

Opening arguments were held on Monday in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court over the state's requirement that all voters in this key swing state provide photo I.D. when voting. The law has been in place for the last three elections but has not yet been enforced because of temporary injunctions.

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Alabama Photo ID Law to Take Effect | 07/02/13

MONTGOMERY -- Top Alabama officials say voters apparently will have to present photo identification at the polls in the next election. Gov. Robert Bentley, Secretary of State Beth Chapman and Attorney General Luther Strange said the Supreme Court's ruling on June 24 throwing out part of the federal Voting Rights Act means the state does not have to submit for preclearance a new law requiring voters to show photo identification.


North Carolina Voter ID Back on Track for Passage | 07/02/13

RALEIGH -- Voter identification legislation in North Carolina will pick up steam again now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, a key General Assembly leader said.

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Arizona Ruling Partly Blocks Georgia Voter ID Law | 07/02/13

Last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling partly blocks Georgia from enforcing a law requiring would-be voters to prove U.S. citizenship, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said.

In a 7-2 decision on June 24, the court ruled a similar statute in Arizona is pre-empted by federal law. Passed in 2009, Georgia's law requires voter registration applicants to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, such as copies of passports or birth certificates.

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Ruling Clears Way for Vote Fraud Laws | 06/25/13

With the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, the way is cleared for more states to adopt laws requiring photo IDs and other measures that ensure election integrity, the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) said in a press release.

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Supreme Court Buries Section 5 of Voting Rights Act | 06/25/13

The Supreme Court has decided Shelby v. Holder. It is one of the most important decisions in decades, writes J. Christian Adams.

Now, federal preclearance of state election procedures seems to be forever dead and buried. While some Congressional Republicans had vowed to enact new legislation to "fix" any coverage formula deemed unconstitutional, the Court opinion today offers almost no room to do so.

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Former Arkansas Legislator Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case | 06/24/13

LITTLE ROCK -- A former Arkansas lawmaker and his father were each sentenced June 20 to three years of probation, including nine months of home detention, and fined for conspiring to commit election fraud in a scheme that included destroying ballots and exchanging money and food for votes.

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Conservatives Plan for Battle after Court Strikes Down Arizona's Citizenship Law | 06/24/13

Conservatives are launching a multi-track strategy in the wake of the Supreme Court's striking down Arizona's proof of U.S. citizenship requirement for voting last week.

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Supreme Court Nears Ruling on Voter Rights Cases | 06/10/13

Rulings on two key voting rights cases could reshape how Americans nationwide cast ballots in federal elections. The more high-profile of the two pending rulings  involves an Alabama county that is pushing back against federal oversight of its election procedures.

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Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law | 06/04/13

MADISON -- A state appeals court on Thursday overturned a Dane County judge's decision that found Wisconsin's voter ID law violated the state constitution, but the ID requirement remains blocked because of a ruling in a separate case.

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California Tea Party Sues IRS | 05/21/13

The NorCal Tea Party Patriots filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, according to Reuters, arguing its constitutional rights were violated when the IRS targeted its application for nonprofit status. The lawsuit seeks class-action status, meaning it could become the major suit between conservative groups and the IRS.

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True the Vote Sues IRS | 05/21/13

A Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to fighting voter fraud, True the Vote has filed suit in federal court against the IRS, asking the court to grant its tax-exempt status (three years after applying) and seeking damages for unlawful actions taken by the IRS against the organization.

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Ridding the Voter Rolls of the Dead and Ineligible | 05/02/13

"The status quo is an embarrassment, it's lawless, it's criminal, it violates federal law, and the answer is to fix it," said J. Christian Adams in explaining why he and two other former Justice Department attorneys filed suits in two Mississippi counties over their voter rolls on behalf of the ACRU.

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Mississippi Cases Could Have Ripple Effect | 05/01/13

Two Mississippi counties are facing lawsuits filed by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) that seek injunctions to compel election officials in Jefferson Davis and Walthall Counties to clean up their voter rolls. The two cases could have a nationwide ripple effect if the plaintiffs prevail.

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Spakovsky: ACRU's Mississippi Lawsuits Fill 'Breach' Left by Justice Department | 04/30/13

In an article for PJ Media, election expert Hans von Spakovsky reviews the American Civil Rights Union's lawsuits to clean up voter rolls in Mississippi:

"The ACRU is stepping into the breach left by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.Under Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez (now nominated to head the U.S. Department of Labor), the division has refused to enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the Motor Voter law. Section 8 requires states to remove ineligible voters from their registration lists."

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Indiana Jury Convicts Two of Vote Fraud in 2008 Presidential Ballot Petition Case | 04/29/13

A jury has convicted two former Indiana Democratic Party officials on multiple counts of election fraud stemming from false signatures on candidate petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008.

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An Electoral Reform Tsunami | 04/29/13

Jefferson Davis County in southwest Mississippi has the distinction of being named after Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. That's good or bad, depending on whether you regard what occurred between 1861 and 1865 as the Civil War or as the War Between the States.

Jefferson Davis County may soon have another distinction as the place where a serious national legal effort to push back against vote fraud was launched.

On April 26, three former U.S. Justice Department attorneys filed lawsuits on behalf of the ACRU in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi seeking an order to compel election officials in Jefferson Davis County, as well as in nearby Walthall County, to clean up their voter rolls.

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ACRU Sues Two Mississippi Counties | 04/26/13

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 26, 2013) ---- On behalf of the American Civil Rights Union, three former U.S. Justice Department attorneys filed lawsuits today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi seeking an injunction to compel election officials in Jefferson Davis County and Walthall County to clean up their voter rolls.

Like hundreds around the nation, these two counties have more active registered voters than there are voting age-eligible residents, according to data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration offices.

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Vote Fraud Trial Underway in Indiana | 04/23/13

A former Democratic official and a Board of Elections worker are accused of being part of a plot that has raised questions over whether President Obama's campaign -- when he was a candidate in 2008 -- submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the presidential primary ballot.

The two face charges of orchestrating an illegal scheme to fake the petitions that enabled then-candidates Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, to qualify for the race in Indiana.

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Arizona Argues Its Case at Supreme Court | 03/19/13

Arizona Attorney General Thomas C. Horne told the Supreme Court on Monday that states carry the "burden" of determining voter eligibility and they can demand that residents prove their citizenship before registering to vote.

Conservative-leaning Justice Antonin Scalia seemed to agree with Arizona, saying a sworn oath of citizenship "is not proof at all."

Arizona and its supporters -- including other states with plans for similar laws -- say a signature isn't enough to combat voter fraud. And they argue the federal voting-rights law doesn't say that states can't impose additional citizenship requirements.

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Supreme Court Hears Arizona Voter ID Case | 03/18/13

The Supreme Court on Monday, March 18, hears another case challenging the right of a state to put in place new voting requirements.

At stake in the case--Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.-- is whether or not an Arizona law requiring Arizonans to show proof of citizenship at the voting booth will be upheld. The ACRU filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Arizona. 

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Court Revisits Voting Rights Act; Liberals Flip Out | 03/04/13

Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a question not touched for nearly 50 years - namely, the question of whether parts of the landmark Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 still stand the test of constitutionality, and specifically a section that has long plagued states' rights advocates.

Unfortunately for liberals, who view the VRA as one of their landmark legislative achievements, the answer to that question may well be "no," as many court analysts seem to have viewed the oral arguments in the case as either an unadulterated disaster for the government, or at least as a strong sign that a majority of the court is willing to consider striking down at least part of the act.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Hears Voter ID Case | 02/07/13

Tennessee's Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to decide whether the state's voter ID law deprives people of the right to vote or if it's a necessary safeguard to prevent election fraud. And in a related issue, the court must determine whether a city-issued library card with a photo can be used as identification to vote.

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Federal Suit Filed in Allen West's Election Defeat | 02/04/13

New ACRU Senior Fellow J. Christian Adams helped file a lawsuit today on behalf of TruetheVote challenging the conduct of election officials in the defeat of Rep. Allen West in the 18th Florida congressional district last November.

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Pennsylvania Court Blocks Voter ID Opponents from Getting Data on All Driver's Licenses | 01/21/13

Commonwealth Court has blocked a bid by a group that is challenging the state's Voter ID Law to get the driver's license information of every Pennsylvanian. The Washington, D.C.-based Advancement Project has no legal right to that data, which includes birth dates, addresses and Social Security numbers, the court ruled.

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Court Upholds Tennessee Voter ID Law | 10/26/12

The Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the state's new voter identification requirement, but it also agreed to let voters in Memphis use new library cards at the polls -- splitting the difference on the divisive issue less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

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Voter ID Opponents Ask Court to Overturn Tennessee Law | 10/19/12

Attorneys representing two Memphis residents whose votes were not counted in the August primary because they lacked a government-issued photo ID asked a three-judge Appeals Court panel on Thursday to throw out the state's voter ID law.

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Judge Orders Removal of Citizenship Question from Michigan Ballot | 10/11/12

U.S. District Judge Paul D. Borman has ordered Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to remove the recently included and highly contested citizenship question from the November ballots. This formal written order followed a preliminary injunction issued from the bench.

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Court Upholds South Carolina Photo ID Law -- but Not for this Election | 10/10/12

WASHINGTON -- A panel of three federal judges upheld a South Carolina law requiring voters to show photo identification, but delayed enforcement until next year, in a decision announced Wednesday, less than a month before this year's presidential election.

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Judge Blocks Pennsylvania Voter ID Law for 2012 Election | 10/03/12

A judge ruled Tuesday that a Pennsylvania law requiring voters in the swing state to produce photo identification at the polls cannot take effect for the November election.

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10 North Dakota State Football Players Plead Guilty to Election Fraud | 10/02/12

FARGO, N.D. - Ten football players at North Dakota State pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor election fraud and were sentenced to community service for faking signatures on ballot measure petitions they were hired to collect.

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ACLU Sues to Stop Citizenship Check Box on Michigan Ballots | 09/24/12

LANSING - The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit Monday to stop Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson from asking voters if they are U.S. citizens when they fill out ballot applications in the November election.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Sends Voter ID Case Back to Lower Court | 09/19/12

In a 4-2 ruling issued on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr., who upheld the new voter ID law in August, to file a supplemental opinion proving that the new law won't disenfranchise some voters.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Photo ID Law | 08/31/12

WASHINGTON -- A three-judge federal panel on Thursday knocked down the Lone Star State's new photo voter ID law, which the court said illegally suppresses minority voters.

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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Obama on Early Voting in Ohio | 08/31/12

COLUMBUS -  A federal judge in Ohio granted a request from the Obama campaign to give all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.

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Minnesotans Will Decide Voter ID in November | 08/28/12

The Minnesota Supreme Court decided Monday that a referendum approved by the state legislature to amend the state constitution to require voter ID will also be on the ballot in November. The League of Women Voters had tried to convince the court that the people of Minnesota should not be allowed to decide this issue.

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Court Hears Defense of South Carolina's Photo ID Law | 08/27/12

Washington  -- South Carolina officials headed to federal court on Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny tens of thousands of people, many of them minorities, access to the ballot.

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Judge Upholds Pennsylvania Voter ID Law | 08/15/12

HARRISBURG - A Commonwealth Court judge denied a bid by civil rights groups to block the new voter identification law from taking effect, delivering a first-round victory to Gov. Corbett and legislative Republicans who pushed the measure through this spring saying it was needed to prevent voter fraud.

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U.S. Court to Hear South Carolina's Appeal of Justice Department Shutdown of Photo ID Law | 08/07/12

South Carolina's voter ID law will go on trial before a panel of judges in a federal court in D.C. from Aug. 27 until Aug. 31, according to court documents filed on Aug. 7.

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Critics Rally as Court Takes Up Pennsylvania Voter ID Law | 07/26/12

HARRISBURG -- Critics of the new voter ID requirement rallied in advance of opening arguments on Wednesday in a legal challenge, while the secretary of the commonwealth defended the law and said officials will comply with a separate federal review.

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Opinion: Clueless in Minnesota and Michigan | 07/20/12

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight relates in a Washington Times column how the ACLU is telling the Minnesota Supreme Court that Gopher State voters would not understand a voter ID ballot measure, and in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed three bills tightening voter ID while signing several others.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Ballot Measure | 07/18/12

St. Paul -- The battle over the language of the Voter ID amendment went in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 17.

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Wisconsin AG to Appeal Decision Blocking Voter ID Law | 07/18/12

MADISON, Wis. -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will appeal a Madison judge's ruling blocking Wisconsin's new voter identification law.

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Texas, Justice Department Square Off over Voter ID Law | 07/10/12

The state of Texas and the Justice Department gave opening statements Monday in a trial over Texas' new voter ID law, setting the stage for a legal battle over the federal Voting Rights Act.

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Judge Allows Florida Voter Roll Purge to Continue | 06/27/12

TALLAHASSEE  - A federal judge has refused to stop Florida from removing potentially non-U.S. citizens from its voter rolls. The U.S. Department of Justice sued to halt the purge.

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Minnesota SOS Refuses to Defend Proposed ID Amendment | 06/14/12

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a DFLer (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) who has campaigned against the photo ID requirement for voting passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, said Thursday he will not defend the language of the proposed constitutional amendment in a court challenge that names him as the defendant.

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Justice Department Sued over South Carolina Voting Records | 06/13/12

Judicial Watch  has sued the Department of Justice, saying it has not turned over public records related to its decision to block the state's photo ID law.

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Florida Sues Homeland Security Over Voter Lists | 06/11/12

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to move forward with his plan to purge the voter rolls in his state of ineligible voters despite a Justice Department order to halt.

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ACLU Petitions Court to Stop Vote on Minnesota Photo ID Amendment | 05/31/12

The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to keep a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to present photo IDs off the November ballot.

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Trial Date Set for Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law | 05/24/12

PHILADELPHIA - The ACLU announced  that its lawsuit over Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law has a trial date of July 25.

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Missouri Photo ID Law Won't Be on November Ballot | 05/23/12

Jefferson City -- A state constitutional amendment that would clear the way for a photo identification requirement at Missouri polls will not appear on this year's ballot, the secretary of state's office said.

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Delays May Doom Texas Voter ID Law for November | 05/08/12

Amid harsh words from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office and a panel of federal judges, the chances dimmed of implementing the new voter identification law in time for November's elections.

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Voter ID Will Be Suspended for Wisconsin Recall Election | 04/26/12

Madison - A pair of appeals court rulings make clear the state's new voter ID law will remain suspended through the May and June recall elections.

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Arizona Can Require ID at Polls, Court Rules | 04/17/12

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Arizona may require voters to show identification at the polls, a ruling likely to add fuel to the fiery debate about voting rights in a presidential election year.

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Minnesota Common Cause, ACLU Vow to Stop Photo ID Amendment | 04/10/12

The Minnesota chapter of Common Cause and the American Civil Liberties Union are preparing a lawsuit against a constitutional amendment ballot measure that would establish a photo ID requirement for voting.

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Missouri House Panel Rewords Ballot Measure | 04/09/12

Dealt a setback in court, a Missouri House committee acted quickly Tuesday to embrace new wording for a 2012 ballot measure that would allow a photo identification mandate to be imposed upon voters in future elections.

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4 Indiana Dems Charged with Fraud in 2008 Election | 04/03/12

Prosecutors in South Bend, Ind., filed charges Monday against four St. Joseph County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case involving the alleged forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana ballot.

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Texas Case Suggests Court May Overhaul Voting Rights | 01/09/12

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published January 9, 2012 on The Washington Examiner website.

Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement told U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday that lower federal courts cannot redraw state-approved election district maps unless they can point to concrete "identifying specific statutory or constitutional violations."

Instead, Clement said during oral arguments on Perry v. Perez, two federal district judges have nullified the will of the people in Texas. The evident frustration of at least some of the Supreme Court justices suggests they agree with Gov. Rick Perry that state sovereignty must be restored.

Clement represented Perry and the state of Texas in an appeal of lower court decisions throwing out new congressional and state legislative election districts earlier this year.

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Indiana Voting Rights | 03/22/08

In 2005, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation, signed by the Governor, to counter vote fraud by generally requiring those voting in person at the polls to identify themselves with a government issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or a passport. The Indiana state Democratic Party, the Marion County Democratic Party, two elected Democrat officials, and several political interest groups filed suit alleging that this Indiana Voter ID law is unconstitutional because requiring such an ID imposes a severe burden on the right to vote.

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