651 ABA Journal Election Law articles.

Ohio’s limitations on judicial candidates are constitutional, 6th Circuit rules
A three-judge panel from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Ohio’s fundraising and partisan limitations placed on judicial candidates.
Supreme Court remands partisan gerrymandering case from North Carolina
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday remanded a partisan gerrymandering case from North Carolina that had alleged Republicans drew federal congressional district lines to give themselves an advantage.
Supreme Court strikes down one legislative district in Texas as racial gerrymander, upholds others
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down one state legislative district in Texas as a racial gerrymander, but upheld several other redrawn districts, including two federal congressional districts.
Judge strikes down Kansas voter ID law and orders Kris Kobach to take additional CLE
A federal judge has struck down Kansas’ voter ID law and ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to take additional continuing legal education classes for “repeated and flagrant violations” of federal rules requiring disclosure of evidence before trial.
Supreme Court doesn’t reach the merits in 2 partisan gerrymandering cases
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday returned two cases to the lower courts that had contended it is unconstitutional to redraw voting district lines to give an advantage to a political party.
NY lawsuit alleges Trump used his foundation’s assets to pay legal obligations, promote hotels

The New York attorney general’s office announced Thursday that it is alleging illegal conduct by the Donald J. Trump Foundation in a lawsuit that also names as defendants the president…

Supreme Court strikes down Minnesota’s broad ban on political apparel at polling places
Minnesota’s broad ban on political badges, buttons and insignia at polling places violates the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 7-2 opinion.
Supreme Court rules Ohio’s voter purge didn’t violate federal law
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Ohio’s procedure for purging inactive voters.

The court ruled 5-4 that Ohio's procedure comports with federal voting law. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the majority opinion. The court's four liberal justices dissented.
Trump pardons conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza; are Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich next?
Updated: President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to using straw donors to make campaign contributions to a Republican Senate candidate.
Did Reed Smith partner hang up on prosecutor for special counsel? Tensions erupt at hearing

A Reed Smith partner representing a Russian company in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe took offense in a court hearing on Wednesday when a prosecutor said he hung up about…

Trump confirms he reimbursed Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment; was it a campaign finance violation?
President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels under a confidentiality agreement, while stressing that campaign money was not used.
DNC suit alleges Trump campaign was a racketeering enterprise participating in hacking conspiracy
The Democratic National Committee filed a racketeering lawsuit Friday against the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and a host of other defendants that claims a conspiracy to hack into DNC emails and denigrate Hillary Clinton.
Kris Kobach is held in contempt for failing to tell some would-be voters of eligibility

A federal judge has held Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for failing to follow court orders after she barred enforcement of a law that required…

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal by former Illinois governor Blagojevich
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year sentence for political corruption.

It is the second time the court declined to grant cert to Blagojevich, report the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago-Sun Times.
FBI reportedly sought records on ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, Trump communications in Michael Cohen raid
Updated: FBI agents who raided the office and temporary home of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Monday reportedly sought records related to an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump was heard making vulgar comments about women to a reporter.

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