It is Time to End the EAC

On September 10, the Senate Rules Committee held a nominations hearing for two Republicans to serve as Commissioners on the much maligned Election Assistance Commission.  The nominees were Matt Masterson, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Ohio Secretary of State and Christy McCormick, an attorney for the Department of Justice Voting Section. Mr. Masterson and Ms. McCormick fielded questions from Senator Angus King (I-ME), the only Senator present at the hearing.

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Former Kentucky Judge Disbarred for Committing Voter Fraud

Former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle has beenpermanently disbarred following a guilty plea of vote fraud. Former Judge Maricle was involved in a wide-ranging conspiracy attempting to control local politics via vote fraud. Seven other officials also pled guilty, including Democrat Election Commissioner Charles Wayne Jones.

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Commissioners, Practitioners, and Reformers Discuss BCRA’s Effect on Political Parties

Displaying a sharp divergence indicative of their operative knowledge of political parties, two FEC Commissioners, two election lawyers, and two campaign finance reformers met on Wednesday to discuss how the current legal paradigm affects political parties.

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Voter ID Wins in Wisconsin

Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit dissolved the injunction that was previously issued against the Wisconsin voter ID law. The appeals court told Wisconsin election officials they “may, if [they wish] (and if it is appropriate under rules of state law), enforce the photo ID requirement in this November’s elections.”

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Benghazi Select Committee Meets to Rise Above Politics and Find Answers

Today was the first hearing of the Benghazi Select Committee effort to find out answers to what happened in Benghazi and to prevent it from happening again.  As its communication director Jamal Ware stated:

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Training Woes in New York Underscore Need for Oversight in the Polling Place

A piece in yesterday’s New York Daily News recounted a sobering story from an observer of the training of election officials in New York City:

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Highest Ranking Georgia Democrat in Hot Water Over Voter Fraud

An organization with links to Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta), New Georgia Project, has been accused of forging voter registration forms and falsely telling registered voters they were required by law to re-register. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp received multiple complaints from at least six counties and in response to those complaints, subpoenaed the group to produce all documents related to their efforts to “register voters, store voter information, contact voters or any other canvassing project.”

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RNLA Statement on FEC agreement to revise campaign finance regulations

Led by its two newest members, the Federal Election Commission will finally revise its regulations following the landmark Supreme Court cases Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC.

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New Hampshire Senate Race Benefits from Outside Money

RNLA campaign finance blogger Paul Jossey has an opinion piece in the Daily Caller arguing how “outside” money has benefited the voters in the New Hampshire Senate race. Jossey argues outside groups, whatever their ideologies and even those who are involved in the race for cynical or disingenuous reasons provide voters valuable information about the candidates.

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Democrats Declare War. . . On the 1st Amendment

This week Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared war.  He has not declared war on ISIS or Muslim extremists; no he has declared war on the first amendment.  As RNLA Advisory Council Member and former Solicitor General Ted Olson writes:

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