New Senate Intelligence report shows ‘extensive’ Russia 2016 election interference. Hackers tried to access election systems in all 50 states

Two vital points: 1) that determined foreign actors can gain access to America’s election infrastructure, and 2) Russia is skilled and willing to meddle inside of it.” Vox: New Senate Intelligence report shows ‘extensive’ Russia 2016 election interference. The report “found that hackers likely tried to access election systems in all 50 states.” The Senate Intelligence Committee has just released …

Ranked Choice Voting Is On a Roll: 6 States Have Opted In for the 2020 Democratic Primary

We can get rid of the “spoiler” effect and make our elections more democratic. In fact, it’s already happening in states across the country. BY DAVID DALEY Let’s embrace choice, fairness and a truly representative democracy in which the majority really rules. The 2020 Democratic presidential primary is shaping up to be an all-out brawl for the nomination. With multiple candidates …

Citizen question blocked from the census even as political Supreme Court declines to weigh in on partisan gerrymandering

“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts. Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, with no plausible grant of authority in the Constitution, and no legal standards to limit and direct their decisions.” That was Chief Justice Roberts explaining the 5-4 decision in …

Why Republicans are so interested in the census

A Republican strategist conceived a clever long-term strategy to maintain conservative power in a changing nation By David Daley Sun 23 Jun 2019 The supreme court is expected to soon rule on whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the US census. If you want to understand the real purpose of Republican proposals to add a citizenship question …

Racial gerrymandering case thrown out with a mix of liberals, conservatives

Spurning pleas from Virginia Republicans, the court let stand decisions by lower courts finding that 11 state House districts were racially gerrymandered in violation of the Constitution. The Supreme Court said the Republican-dominated Virginia House of Delegates had no legal standing to appeal to the Supreme Court on its own when the state Senate and the state’s attorney general had decided against …

How Congress Can Help Fix the Federal Election Commission: There is growing momentum for major FEC reforms

April 30, 2019 by Brennan Center for Justice by Tim Lau,  “The United States needs a functional Federal Election Commission,” writes Lau. “And while it’s ultimately up to Congress to determine the country’s campaign finance laws, there is currently no guarantee that those laws are going to be enforced.” (Image: BCJ/maystra/APK/Peter Stark) The Federal Election Commission (FEC) was established to safeguard the integrity of …

Have court rulings in Michigan and Ohio turned the tide on partisan gerrymandering?

Have court rulings in Michigan and Ohio turned the tide on partisan gerrymandering? Salon: “A federal court overturned Michigan’s congressional and state legislative maps on Thursday as an illegal partisan gerrymander ‘of historic proportions.’ The very next day, a different federal court also declared Ohio’s congressional map an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, tossing aside a GOP map that had safely entrenched …

It is about the abuse of power, and standing up to power: Facebook has been used to undermine elections all across the world, including our own

Cambridge Analytica a year on: ‘a lesson in institutional failure’: One year after she broke the scandal, Carole Cadwalladr talks to whistleblower Christopher Wylie about the fallout for big tech, and the fight to hold the culprits to account.  In March 2018, Wylie showed the Guardian/Observer a cache of documents revealing how CA had engaged a research company to mine the data of …

Democracy in Freefall: What Does it Mean When a Democracy Can’t Protect Itself From Its Worst Enemies? 

Do Americans Understand How Badly Compromised Their Democracy is Now?: What Does it Mean When a Democracy Can’t Protect Itself From Its Worst Enemies? umair haque, Jul 14, 2018 Imagine if I’d told you that one day, America’s most historic, legendary Cold War foe would have hatched a bizarre, cunning plot to sabotage democracy, and elect a pliable President. By igniting a tidal wave of …

Ranked choice voting, a key democracy reform, taking root in Maine and Iowa, introduced in New Hampshire

Excerpt from The Hill 3/6/2019 The Democratic party now prides itself on championing democracy reform (see article below). Settling for potentially tens of thousands of wasted votes in the first-in-the-nation primary would justifiably warrant accusations of hypocrisy. Luckily, as with many flaws in our democracy, the solution is both simple and easily implementable: ranked choice voting (RCV). RCV in the presidential primary would …