Tag Archives: Election law

Still No Evidence Voter ID Laws Work

In other equally-shocking news, water is wet and the sky is blue. The National Review trots out a recent case of voter fraud to prove the urgent need for voter ID laws, but neglects a critical distinction. The fraud case involved absentee ballots, not ballots cast at a poll site in the ordinary course. Absentee ballots […]

In Praise of Professional Politicians

One of the Tea Party articles of faith holds that all politicians, but at least legislators, should hold their positions only as part time jobs, meet as few times as possible, and otherwise live normal lives, and hold normal jobs, so they understand the pressures of ordinary Americans and avoid falling prey to “Washington” sensibilities. […]

New York Legislators Speak to the Need for Fair Redistricting

Last night, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York held an event to discuss “Reforming Albany: the Road Ahead,” a task that necessarily begins with fair redistricting. Two lines worth remembering, from an excellent all-around event. Mayor Ed Koch: “fair redistricting is an ‘existential threat’ to the Republican [senate] majority.” Senator […]

Your Brief Primer on “Voter Fraud,” and Voter ID Laws

This has turned out to be a pretty good, but pretty packed week, which you might rightly conclude from the lazier posting schedule. But one thing that I’ve seen a lot of this week, and yet forgotten to reduce to a post, is a resurgence of Republican interest in voter ID laws — provisions that […]

Helping Fellow Citizens Vote: Quintessentially Un-American

After three solid years of increasing right-wing radicalization, this is where we are. In an article titled, “Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American,” the kicker: Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.  It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country. […]

Ultimate Partisan Effect: the Barrier to Good Government Reforms

How do we talk about reforms that make government more effective, and that better represent the people overall, without being swayed by likely partisan effect? For Moe Lane (of HotAir and RedState), the answer is… we don’t. This poor stewardship is sadly common among not just the far right, but the far left, too, and […]

Tea Party Spoiler Faces Upstate Defeat

Longtime readers will remember my distaste for Doug Hoffman, the empty vessel partially filled by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck to run on the third party Conservative line against Dede Scozzafava, the moderate Republican to whom he had lost the primary, in New York’s 23rd Congressional district. Hoffman’s spoiler candidacy, of course, guaranteed the seat […]

Election Law Is About Democracy, Not Politics

It shouldn’t surprise me, but by asking whether there’s a “conservative case for National Popular Vote,” owing to the wide swaths of (comparatively lightly populated) red states, HotAir is asking the precisely wrong question. We don’t select election law norms — or we shouldn’t — because they compel favorable political outcomes. We should select them […]

National Popular Vote and What Constitutionalism Is Not

Politico, and everyone else, come late to the story that states are starting to look past the Electoral College, by directing their electors to vote not for the state’s favorite, but for the winner of the national popular vote. This plan has actually been in the works for a while. Under the initiative, led by […]

Election Law Issues in the United Kingdom

Some short observations from someone familiar with New York’s, ah, “issues” with reliable voting. When New York implements its new paper ballot/optical scanner voting system this coming election — I say “when” and not “if” because I’m optimistic to the point of foolishness — we’ll be ahead of England in at least a few material […]