Article: Republicans admit the real reason for election ‘reforms’ – they help Republicans win

Election 2020, Election Reform

Opinion: An attorney representing the Arizona GOP finally admitted to the Supreme Court why it wants ballot rules on the books: It’s about winning.

For years, Republican legislators have assured us that their various efforts to make it more difficult to vote were all about protecting the integrity of Arizona’s elections.

Turns out they’re all about protecting themselves.

In a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, a lawyer for the Arizona Republican Party actually admitted it.

The hearing focused on a pair of Arizona voting restrictions enacted five years ago – one that makes it a crime for anyone other than a family member or caregiver to turn in another person’s early ballot and another that requires any ballot cast in the wrong precinct to be discarded even if the person was eligible to vote.

Read Full Article

Article: Major test for Voting Rights Act at Supreme Court as GOP pushes new election rules

Election 2020, Election Reform

Major test for Voting Rights Act at Supreme Court as GOP pushes new election rules

As Republicans in nearly every state push new voting restrictions in the aftermath of the 2020 election, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a major case to decide how those new rules should be judged under federal civil rights law.

State legislators in at least 43 states are considering more than 250 bills that would make it harder to vote, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan voter advocacy group tracking the trend. Sponsors of the measures said they’re necessary to prevent fraud; civil rights advocates claim they primarily suppress minority voters who overwhelmingly back Democratic candidates.

Read Full Article

 

Article: Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuits

Election Reform

Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuits

The justices are taking up a case about Arizona restrictions on ballot collection and another policy that penalizes voters who cast ballots in the wrong precinct.

Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting.

Read Full Article

 

Article: The Supreme Court Case Challenging Voting Restrictions in Arizona, Explained

Election 2020, Election Fraud

The Supreme Court Case Challenging Voting Restrictions in Arizona, Explained

The lawsuit is a crucial test for the Voting Rights Act’s ability to protect people of color.

On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a challenge to a pair of Arizona voting policies that make it harder for people to vote, especially in communities of color and Native American communities. The case, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, is significant because it likely won’t just affect voters in the state. It could have broad implications for the fairness of our democracy across the country because of what the decision might mean for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, known as the VRA.

Read Full Article.

 

Article: Arizona GOP lawmaker asks attorney general to investigate election allegations

Election Fraud

Arizona GOP lawmaker asks attorney general to investigate election allegations

A member of the ad-hoc panel that heard 10 hours of allegations of election fraud at a forum on Monday now wants Arizona’s attorney general to investigate.

State Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, sent Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich a link Tuesday to the YouTube video of the unofficial hearing and asked that he “investigate each claim made” by a parade of witnesses.

Read Full Article

 

Article: Arizona Democratic lawmaker’s son accused of felony vote-by-mail fraud

Election Fraud

Arizona Democratic lawmaker’s son accused of felony vote-by-mail fraud

(The Center Square) – A complaint filed with Attorney General Mark Brnovich claims the son of an Arizona lawmaker lives in New York even though records show him having voted in both Arizona and California for years.

The criminal complaint by Tempe resident Peggy McClain alleges Daniel Jonathan Epstein, the 29-year-old son of Democratic state Rep. Denise “Mitzi” Epstein of Tempe, has been a resident of New York for several years.

Read Full Article