Election Law

668 ABA Journal Election Law articles.

Priest could face deportation from US after disclosing he mistakenly voted in 2006 election
A retired Episcopal priest with permanent residence status who has been applying for U.S. citizenship may face deportation after disclosing that he voted in a federal midterm election in 2006.
Supreme Court denies emergency stay regarding secrecy of donors to political nonprofits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition to grant an emergency stay on a ruling that tossed out federal election regulation allowing nonprofit groups to keep donors secret.

Judge acknowledges problems, but denies motion for paper ballots in Georgia

While recognizing that the state’s electronic voting system could be hacked, a federal judge in Atlanta ruled Monday that Georgia does not need to use paper ballots for the November…

PACs have freedom of speech and association, 8th Circuit says in allowing transfers between PACs

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Missouri law banning donations between political action committees violates the First Amendment.

The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

State Farm to pay $250M to settle suit claiming it orchestrated win of justice who voted its way
State Farm has agreed to pay $250 million to settle a class action claiming the insurer created a RICO enterprise to secretly fund the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, who later voted to overturn a $1.05 billion verdict against the Bloomington, Illinois-based company.
Court may bar use of North Carolina congressional map in next election due to partisan gerrymander

A three-judge panel said Monday it may require North Carolina or a special master to redraw the state’s congressional districts before the November elections because the boundaries were unconstitutionally drawn…

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 crimes: Now what?
Late Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight counts related to campaign-finance and financial abuses. In doing so, he admitted in court that he made payments to silence two women—adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal—at Trump’s behest to affect the 2016 presidential campaign.
Michael Cohen pleads guilty to campaign finance violations, tax and bank fraud
Updated: Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and so-called fixer for President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance violations and bank and tax fraud after surrendering to the FBI on Tuesday.
Michael Cohen reportedly being investigated over more than $20M in loans to his taxi business

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are considering filing criminal charges by the end of August against Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump.

Investigators are reportedly examining whether…

Roger Stone aide in contempt after refusal to testify in Russia probe; ‘Manhattan Madam’ to testify

A former aide to Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, has been held in contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury convened by special counsel…

Did Kavanaugh’s ‘one race’ assertion signal a vote against racial preferences?

Supporters of affirmative action are concerned about a 2012 opinion of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that delayed but ultimately allowed a voter ID law in South Carolina opposed by the Obama administration’s Justice Department.

Are states obligated to educate formerly incarcerated people about their new voting rights?

The last few years have been good for former prisoners hoping to regain the ability to vote. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued pardons in May to…

After Cohen’s lawyer releases McDougal tape, dispute arises over what Trump said about cash payment

The tape appears to show President Donald Trump had some familiarity with the National Enquirer’s $150,000 payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal for the rights to her story, though a lawyer for Trump differs with that interpretation.

Indicted Russian company cites Kavanaugh opinion on campaign finance in bid to get charge tossed

An indicted Russian company accused of taking part in an “information warfare” campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election is citing an opinion by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in…

Cohen secretly recorded Trump discussing Playmate payment; Giuliani calls it ‘exculpatory’
Donald Trump discussed payments to an ex-Playboy model in a conversation secretly recorded by his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen two months before the election, Rudy Giuliani acknowledged in a conversation with the New York Times.

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