Our Answers to the Kobach Commission

In his capacity as vice chair of President Trump’s so-called “Election Integrity” Commission, Kansas Secretary of State and noted vote suppressor Kris Kobach sent a letter to all 50 states asking them to hand over a wealth of personal information about their state’s registered voters, including names and addresses, party affiliations, and the last four digits of social security numbers. The request inspired a rare moment of bipartisanship, with at least 44 states refusing to fully comply with Kobach’s request.

(UPDATE: The Commission has since sent revised requests to the states, and Secretary of State Michele Reagan has sought legal counsel on how to respond to this latest round of requests.)

Although it received less attention that the information requests, the letter also included a list of seven questions seeking states’ input on the Commission’s work. We decided to answer those questions. 

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Lawsuit Against Initiative Law

Our Executive Director Joel Edman appeared on Arizona Horizon to discuss the lawsuit against HB 2244.

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Talking Lawsuit on Horizon Tonight

The lawsuit challenging the legislature's unconstitutional attempt to open up citizen initiative efforts to easier legal attacks is moving into an important phase today, with trial beginning in Maricopa County Superior Court. 

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Trial on citizen initiative restrictions gets underway

The consultant who has helped with most of the recent initiative drives testified Wednesday a new state law will impair the ability of Arizonans to craft their own laws.

Story by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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Our 2017 Legislative Report Card

In our first-ever Legislative Report Card, we rated each member of the legislature on their willingness to support measures that expanded access to the ballot, protected the right to vote, mitigated the effects of money in politics, and ensured courts remain fair and independent.

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Shelby County v. Holder: Four Years Later

At what point does Congressional oversight aimed at holding states accountable for past discrimination cross a Constitutional line? 

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Arizona Advocacy Network Statement on Trump Administration Voter File Request

Last week, Kansas Secretary of State and vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity Kris Kobach sent letters to all 50 Secretaries of State demanding massive amounts of voter data, vowing to make the lists available to the public. 

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Ohio's Voter Purge is Headed to the Supreme Court

Ahead of last November’s election, tens of thousands of registered voters were removed from Ohio’s official voter list as part of the state’s routine voter purge. 

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Reading List: What’s the Matter with Wisconsin?

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case with the potential to monumentally impact the practice of partisan gerrymandering for decades to come.

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Why is Rep. Bob Thorpe So Obsessed With Disenfranchising Students?

Representative Bob Thorpe wants to teach Arizona's college students a history lesson. At least that's the only charitable spin we can put on his plan to single out college students for disenfranchisement. If Thorpe gets his way, students won't be able to vote in the elections that affect them most, in the communities where they live. 

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What’s So Special About Special Elections?

In the event an elected office becomes vacant (most often due to an incumbent’s death or resignation), in many cases an election is held to fill the vacancy.

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2017 Legislative Report

Disenfranchising college students who live on campus. Ending Clean Elections. Picking judges in partisan elections. These were some of the many terrible ideas for our democracy that were proposed during this year's legislative session. 

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New Analysis Shows Gerrymandering Gives Republicans a Large Advantage in U.S. House

Most of us remember the 2010 elections as when Republicans won control of the U.S. House. A new analysis from the Brennan Center suggests that year's state-level elections had even longer-lasting electoral effects on Congress, helping Republicans to cement their House majority for the remainder of the decade. 

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We're Suing to Protect Voter Initiatives & Independent Courts

As you know, one of this year's biggest battles at the state capitol was against attacks on citizen initiatives. Of all the new rules Governor Ducey and the legislature imposed this year, perhaps the most dangerous is telling courts they have to apply a "strict compliance" standard to initiatives. Simply put, "strict compliance" means tossing out qualified initiatives based on minor technicalities

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Tempe Charter Update: You Won!

We told you last week that Governor Ducey was blocking new campaign contribution limits in Tempe, despite those limits being approved by over 88% of Tempe voters. Well you responded, and YOU WON. 

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