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Plan to let troops cast ballots over the internet draws opposition from security experts

A group of election security experts is urging lawmakers to drop plans in the annual defense authorization bill which would allow online ballot casting for troops serving overseas, saying the security concerns outweigh the potential benefits. “There are solutions to improve military and overseas voting without expanding dangerously insecure voting...
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Your Vote Won’t Count

There is no point in hoping the next election will be magically less fraudulent than the last one. Hope gives you an excuse not to act. We’re coming up on another election of national importance—the Virginia governor’s race is November 2. My friends are hopefully suggesting on social media that this will be the election that turns things around, where the full anger of the common folk at being bossed around by autocratic overlords finally manifests itself and we throw the bums out.
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Hot Air

What if Kamala Harris has to stop the steal?

Victories by Trump-aligned Republicans over the next year in state races and in the courts could open the door to a worst-case scenario for 2024 that, if the election is as tight as the past two presidential races, is both dangerous and entirely plausible, says Ben Berwick, a counsel for Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan group founded in late 2016 to fight authoritarianism in the U.S. First, Berwick told me, Trump backers in the closest tipping-point states would “manufacture doubt about the results, and then use that doubt to allow state legislatures to step in and say, ‘Well, we can’t really be sure of the winner, so we’re just going to decide which slate of electors to choose.’” As my colleague Barton Gellman reported before last year’s election, ambiguities in the Electoral Count Act of 1887, which provides instructions to Congress for resolving disputes, could lead to chaos when lawmakers meet to tally the results.
American Progress

RELEASE: Nicole Lee Ndumele Named Senior Vice President of Rights and Justice at CAP

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced that Nicole Lee Ndumele will be its first senior vice president of Rights and Justice. In this new role, Ndumele will lead the organization’s work to advance large-scale policy solutions that chart a new path forward for advancing rights, justice, and equity in our increasingly diverse America. This will include developing, communicating, and executing policies that cut across the issues of criminal justice, disability justice, faith, gun violence prevention, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and racial equity and justice.

Democrats Look To Limit Executive Power In Anti-Corruption Bill

House Democrats introduce legislation Tuesday to create new checks and balances on the presidency. The move comes after former President Donald Trump faced broad criticism for breaking presidential norms. The legislation is called the Protecting Our Democracy Act. It would limit pardon power and self pardons, strengthen Congress’ ability to...

Democrats start pushing to curb post-Trump presidential powers

WASHINGTON – House Democrats plan to introduce a set of proposed new limits on executive power on Tuesday, starting a post-Trump campaign to tighten presidential controls which they hope will be on par with revisions following the scandal of Watergate and the Vietnam War. Democrats have spent months negotiating with...

Groups express concern over Raffensperger's comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — States United Democracy Center, Protect Democracy, and Law Forward sent a letter this week to the Georgia State Election Board expressing serious legal concerns regarding Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s recent threat to seek the removal of all five members of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections based on the county’s selection of Cathy Woolard as chairwoman of the Fulton BRE.

House Dems Continue Move to Limit Presidential Power

House Democrats intend to continue with legislation limiting the president's power and improving the ability of Congress to enforce subpoenas and protect whistleblowers, a move seen as a response to the Trump administration, NBC News reports. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will hold a press conference highlighting the legislation, which...