Battle for the Ballot

COMMENTARY

Michigan and 29 states use this technology against voter fraud — so should the other 20

BY: - October 9, 2020

As the opening to “The Six Million Dollar Man” said: “We have the technology.” Despite some politicians’ breathless but baseless claims about voter fraud, election officials in the United States actually have a sophisticated system to prevent it. Voter fraud is rare in part because election officials do a pretty good job of removing opportunities […]

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

BY: - October 9, 2020

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election offices — access election lawyers say would be unprecedented, […]

List maintenance or voter purges: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so polarized

BY: and - October 8, 2020

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls.  In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter registration files from its list. Georgia removed 313,000 people from its rolls in October 2019 alone, and in Michigan, from 2011 to 2018, 1.2 million voters were removed from voter […]

Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: and - October 7, 2020

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time. Republican legislators had been contemplating a bill that would require photo identification to vote. The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past […]

In the absence of national regulations, how vulnerable is our voting infrastructure?

BY: and - October 6, 2020

There is no evidence, despite partisan claims to the contrary, that mail-in ballots are rife with voting fraud — but there are parts of the election system that security researchers say are at far greater risk for malicious activity. National elections like the one in November, when Americans will decide whether Republican Donald Trump or […]

Voter fraud myth persists, despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears.

BY: and - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in […]

Here’s your guide to voting in Michigan

BY: - October 2, 2020

As part of our series on voting rights in Michigan and across the country, the Michigan Advance has asked the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan to provide information on all your questions about voting in the upcoming Nov. 3 election.  The information in this printed guide is accurate as of Oct, 1. Ongoing […]