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U.S. 'Electoral Integrity' Ranked 45th Among 107 Nations, 'Worst of Established Democracies' 25.2.2015 BradBlog
Electoral integrity has not improved in the U.S. over the past year, according to a new study. In fact, elections in Mexico now have more integrity than ours, the new survey, based on the observations of some 1,400 international election experts, finds. Last year we reported: "A report [PDF] by researchers ...
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DNC to Adopt Resolution Calling for 'Right-to-Vote' Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 22.2.2015 BradBlog
At their Winter Meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C., the Democratic National Committee is voting on the adoption of a resolution calling for a "Right-to-Vote" Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. According to the resolution, posted in full below, the Democrats are calling for "amending the United States Constitution to explicitly guarantee ...
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Hoisted on His Own Petard? New CA Law Allowing Late Vote-by-Mail Ballots May Have Determined Winner of Year's First Election 6.2.2015 BradBlog
When California state Sen. Lou Correa (D) authored SB 29 last year, allowing Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballots to be accepted and counted even if they arrive at county election headquarters up to three days after Election Day, some state Election Integrity advocates were concerned. Somewhat vague language in part of the bill ...
The Biggest Winners of 'Citizens United' 5.2.2015 BradBlog
In flagging Eliza Newlin Carney's piece at CQ Roll Call [subscription req'd], election law professor Rick Hasen notes that "Democracy has become a Cash Cow". Ya think? As Carney writes: The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that blew the lid off campaign spending five years ago has also ushered in ...
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'True the Vote' Founder Says She's 'Not a Victim', Just Subject of U.S. Government 'Inquisition' 30.1.2015 BradBlog
"I am not a victim," Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of the Rightwing voter suppression group calling themselves "True the Vote" told members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning. It was an odd turn of phrase given all that came before it in her testimony, both written and oral, ...
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2-Vote Margin, 15 Rejected Legit Ballots, 1 Notorious Election Official: KPFK 'BradCast' 29.1.2015 BradBlog
If you were looking for a fresh reminder as to why Vote-by-Mail is a terrible idea, why provisional ballots are not the same as actually casting a vote, and why there needs to be more accountability for and oversight of election officials, today's BradCast on KPFK/Pacifica Radio should fit the ...
BMW Super Bowl Ad: 'What is Internet Anyway?' 29.1.2015 BradBlog
Prepping for today's BradCast (in which we'll be covering a fascinating election contest concerning a two vote margin, several questionably tossed provisional and mail-in ballots, and an election official with a notorious past), so I've only got time to pop this item very quickly for now. It's an upcoming SuperBowl ad ...
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Wingnut Parade Scheduled For Loretta Lynch Hearings 28.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Republicans agree that Loretta Lynch is a solid choice for Attorney General. You might infer that her nomination would be confirmed easily after the requisite committee hearings because she is so solid even Rupert Murdoch can't say bad things about her. You'd be wrong. There will be hearings, and the scheduled witnesses come from the far right fringe, with one exception. Here are your Loretta Lynch witnesses: True the Vote's champion vote suppressor Catherine Engelbrecht, Benghazi truther Sharyl Attkisson, and Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke. They added constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley in there, too, though he's no prize when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. But let's talk about the first three. Catherine Engelbrecht will be there to whine about the IRS and how meeeean they were to her, I'm sure. She will demand that all voter suppression tactics continue and that voting rights investigations ...
Senate Repubs Call Founder of Fake 'Voter Fraud' Group to Testify at Real AG Nomination Hearings 27.1.2015 BradBlog
While it's amusing enough that former CBS News reporter Sharyl "BENGHAZI!!!" Attkisson has been scheduled by Republicans to appear at this week's Senate confirmation hearings of U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, another "expert witness" called by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans is, arguably, even more absurd. Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of ...
Republicans Remove 'Civil, Human Rights' From Name of U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee 24.1.2015 BradBlog
While the specific names of U.S. Senate and House committees don't always foretell precisely what very specific areas they may oversee or regard as their own purview, the renaming of such a committee by its new chair, as is occasionally done at the start of a new session, particularly when ...
St. Louis County Election Director Forced Out by Election Board After November Failures 21.1.2015 BradBlog
St. Louis County Director of Elections Rita Days, a former Democratic state Senator who we reported on last November, was unanimously removed from office by the County Board of Elections Commissioners on Tuesday night, according to a late report from KMOV... ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- After coming under scrutiny ...
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Brad on Thom Hartmann Radio: Wrapping Up a Few More Races From Election 2014 [VIDEO] 7.1.2015 BradBlog
I'm already on the road for the holidays this week, but pulled over long enough for a quick appearance on Thom Hartmann's radio show to update a couple of the late-contested results from the November 4th elections, including Maine's amazing "phantom ballots" mystery and Oregon's GMO labeling Measure 92 "recount"... (Thanks ...
Oh, Yeah, Jeb's Running... 7.1.2015 BradBlog
As Florida prepares to become the 36th state in the union to follow the Constitution and allow marriage equality after midnight tonight, Jeb Bush is still trying to figure out how to win the 2016 nomination for President from the base of the Republican Party, while still maintaining viability for ...
Oh, Yeah, Jeb's Running... 6.1.2015 BradBlog
As Florida prepares to become the 36th state in the union to follow the Constitution and allow marriage equality after midnight tonight, Jeb Bush is still trying to figure out how to win the 2016 nomination for President from the base of the Republican Party, while still maintaining viability for ...
Posner's Penance: Revered Reagan-Appointed Jurist's Plea to SCOTUS to Overturn His Own Landmark Ruling on Photo ID Voting Laws 5.1.2015 BradBlog
- with Brad Friedman [An earlier version of this article was originally published by Truthout...] Both election integrity advocates and dissembling GOP proponents of Photo ID voting restrictions were taken by surprise in late 2013 when 7th Circuit Court Judge Richard A. Posner said, during an interview with HuffPo Live, that the ...
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"A Terrible Idea": The Full Failure of E-Voting, E-Counting, "Open Source" and Internet Voting 31.12.2014 Truthout.com
This guy, Tom Scott of Computerphile, is right on the money in every respect, when it comes to electronic voting --- be it via touch-screen computers, paper ballot optical-scan systems or, God forbid, Internet Voting. If I was British, and younger, and better looking, and smarter, this would be me... After almost 11 years at this, it's great to see that at least a few folks are finally getting it. While many understand some of the problems of e-voting, too many still think those probs can be solved with "paper trails" or "open source systems" or Vote-by-Mail or, somehow, even Internet Voting (via phone, tablet or elsewhere). Scott clearly understands, and smartly explains in the short video above, why the problems of electronic voting and tabulating cannot be solved by any of those methods, no matter how much many otherwise well-intentioned folks may wish they could be. Scott starts off by citing the extraordinary failure of Gov. Chris Christie's emergency Internet Voting scheme , hurriedly (and ...
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'A Terrible Idea': The Full Failure of E-Voting, E-Counting, 'Open Source' and Internet Voting [VIDEO] 23.12.2014 BradBlog
This guy, Tom Scott of Computerphile, is right on the money in every respect, when it comes to electronic voting -- be it via touch-screen computers, paper ballot optical-scan systems or, God forbid, Internet Voting. If I was British, and younger, and better looking, and smarter, this would be ...
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Brad on Thom Hartmann Radio: Wrapping Up a Few More Races From Election 2014 18.12.2014 BradBlog
I'm already on the road for the holidays this week, but pulled over long enough for a quick appearance on Thom Hartmann's radio show to update a couple of the late-contested results from the November 4th elections, including Maine's amazing "phantom ballots" mystery and Oregon's GMO labeling Measure 92 "recount"... (Thanks ...
Proponents of Oregon's GMO Labeling Measure 92 Concede Defeat Following Adverse Court Ruling 13.12.2014 BradBlog
Proponents of Oregon's Measure 92, a GMO labeling initiative, are conceding defeat in what had become the most expensive ballot campaign in state history. The proponents from RightToKnow.org were unsuccessful in their lawsuit this week arguing that some 4,600 ballots were illegally left uncounted and should be included in the ...
The Clint Curtis Story, Ten Years Later: A KPFK 'BradCast' Special Edition... 11.12.2014 BradBlog
Incredibly enough, it's been ten years this month since we broke the story about vote-rigging software whistleblower Clint Curtis. It was certainly the biggest story we'd broken up until that time, in December of 2004, and, for some, it is still the story we may be best known for. That's not ...
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