Obama administration expands push against voter laws
July 30th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama administration expands push against voter laws

Washington (CNN) -- The Obama administration is expanding its push to stop what it calls "restrictive state laws" over the ability of voters to cast ballots.

The Justice Department said it was filing legal briefs in support of separate, private lawsuits against Wisconsin and Ohio.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Voter Problems • Wisconsin
Election panel recommends expansion of early voting
January 22nd, 2014
04:47 PM ET
9 months ago

Election panel recommends expansion of early voting

(CNN)– After long lines plagued voters in the 2012 elections, a panel dedicated to solving the wait times and streamlining voting processes is calling for an expansion of early voting in recommendations outlined in a report released Wednesday.

The 10-member Presidential Commission on Election Administration, announced by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address last year, suggests a number of fixes, including expanded online voter registration and improved access to voting for members of the military though state websites.

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Filed under: President Obama • Voter Problems
March 3rd, 2013
04:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden apologizes for not being in Selma in 1965

(CNN) – At the commemoration of the historic Selma to Montgomery civil rights march, Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday expressed guilt for not joining the Alabama demonstration nearly half a century ago.

The vice president also used the opportunity to lament the dozens of voting restrictions proposed by states in the last couple of years and argued against a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that's now being heard in the Supreme Court.
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Filed under: Alabama • Joe Biden • Voter Problems
Biden weighs in on voting rights case
February 27th, 2013
09:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden weighs in on voting rights case

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he couldn't believe he was reliving a civil rights battle, pointing to the Supreme Court's division over a provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

"I never thought we'd have to refight so many fights," Biden said at a reception for Black History Month at the Naval Observatory in Washington.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Supreme Court • Voter Problems
Supreme Court to weigh divisive voting rights case
February 22nd, 2013
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Supreme Court to weigh divisive voting rights case

Columbiana, Alabama (CNN) – Shelby County is booming. The Birmingham suburb is lined with strip malls, subdivisions, and small factories, in what was once sleepy farmland. The population has grown fivefold since 1970 to about 200,000. Change in this bedroom community is afoot, at least on the surface.

But the federal government thinks an underlying threat of discrimination remains throughout Alabama and other parts of the country in perhaps the most hard-fought franchise in the Constitution: The right to vote.

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Filed under: Supreme Court • Voter Problems
How secure is your electronic vote?
November 3rd, 2012
12:09 PM ET
2 years ago

How secure is your electronic vote?

(CNN) - In an era when shadowy hackers can snatch secret government files and humble big businesses with seeming ease, it's an unavoidable question as Election Day approaches: When we go to the polls, could our very votes be at risk?

According to voting-security experts, the answer can be boiled down to a bit of campaign-speak: There are reasons for concern and there is work to be done but, by and large, we're better off now than we were four years ago.

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Filed under: 2012 • Voter Problems
DOJ sends voting rights monitors, observers to 23 states
November 2nd, 2012
02:54 PM ET
2 years ago

DOJ sends voting rights monitors, observers to 23 states

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department Friday announced that it is dispatching more than 780 federal observers and monitors to 23 states to watch for potential problems which would violate voting rights protected by federal law.

The Justice Department said it was sending observers to 51 jurisdictions in those states to help enforce federal voting rights laws which protect ballot access.
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Filed under: 2012 • Justice Department • Voter Problems
Police investigate congressman's son over voter fraud allegations
Conservative activist James O'Keefe (L) talks about how he captured Patrick Moran (R) giving advice on how to committ voter fraud.
October 25th, 2012
03:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Police investigate congressman's son over voter fraud allegations

(CNN) – Police in Arlington County, Virginia said Thursday they will start a criminal investigation of "election offense allegations" involving the son of Democratic Rep. Jim Moran.

The congressman's son, Patrick, resigned from his position Wednesday as a paid staff member on his father's re-election campaign after secretly-recorded video showed him giving detailed advice on how to commit voter fraud.
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Filed under: 2012 • Virginia • Voter Problems
August 7th, 2012
03:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Voter ID lawsuits could delay election results again

Washington (CNN) – Partisan legal showdowns in battleground states over a spate of new voting laws could turn the 2012 elections into a repeat of the 2000 presidential vote recount saga, political experts say.

"Whenever you change the rules by enacting new laws, it triggers a round of litigation. I don't think we'll see an end to this anytime soon," said Dan Tokaji, an Ohio State University law professor. "It could come down to the states counting of absentee ballots. ... We could see a replay of the 2000 election, where we don't have a winner for weeks."

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Filed under: 2012 • Voter Problems
July 17th, 2010
10:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Democrats hold 'Day of Action' to get out the vote

Democrats are hoping to drum up voter registration Saturday.
Democrats are hoping to drum up voter registration Saturday.

Washington (CNN) - Democratic party officials say activists will be knocking on doors Saturday with the hope of registering scores of voters ahead of November's midterm elections.

Officials at Organizing for America, the grassroots structure of the 2008 Obama for President campaign that was folded into the Democratic National Committee, say their "Day of Action" includes volunteers holding door to door canvasses, setting up voter registration tables, and hosting phone banks to encourage people to commit to vote in November.

"In 2008, voter registration and turnout was key to our victory, with more than 15 million new voters entering the political process," said OFA Deputy Director Jeremy Bird, in a statement. "Now, in 2010, voter registration will be key to ensuring that Democratic candidates are successful and that President Obama has as many congressional allies as possible next year."

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Filed under: DNC • OFA • Voter Problems
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