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The Process is Political: Alleging Voter Fraud in WV Special Election

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Democrat wins special election West Virginia, and Republican leader alleges voter fraud. Minnesota's news disclosure rules for groups spending on ballot questions. And Arizona Republicans feel burned by redistricted map drawn up by independent commission.  

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The Process is Political: Caucus vs. Football, Bachmann's Campaign Cash Flow

Monday, October 03, 2011

Our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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The Process is Political: Ohio Petition Effort Delays Law to Shorten Early Voting

Friday, September 30, 2011

A new law to shorten the period in which Ohio voters can cast ballots before Election Day is on hold after opponents, including the Obama reelection campaign, collect more than 300,000 signatures for a ballot question to repeal it. A new count shows more than 215,000 registered voters in South Carolina don't currently have photo IDs, which are required to vote under a new law passed by the legislature and currently under review by the Justice Department. And not all Florida Republicans favor moving up the presidential primary to January 31, a decision expected today. 

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The Process is Political: GOP Congressmen Worry about Pennsylvania Electoral College Plan

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen tell the state's GOP governor that they worry that could be collateral damage if the state abandons its all-or-nothing electoral college math. The state Supreme Court in Montana hears arguments today on the 100 year-old ban on corporate political spending. And as the Justice Department reviews South Carolina's new photo ID law, the state offers free rides to the DMV for voters who don't have the required identification. 

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The Process is Political: Redistricting Leaves Some Feeling Frustrated and Friendless at Capitol

Monday, September 12, 2011

Independent groups and campaigns aren't supposed to coordinate, but Obama fundraisers cheer on president at campaign headquarters, then are invited to SuperPAC fundraiser that immediately followed. Redistricting is fraying nerves of anxious lawmakers in Washington, causing some intraparty friction. In Wisconsin, a state agency memo is fueling the argument that a new voter ID law is designed to suppress turnout. 

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Politics at the Polls: The Photo ID Requirement to Vote in South Carolina

Monday, September 12, 2011

South Carolina is one of five states that passed new photo ID requirements for voting since the start of 2011, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (Governors vetoed similar bills in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Minnesota.). Advocates for the bill in South Carolina, including Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, say the law is to protect the integrity of state elections. Critics, however, say that there has not been a single documented case of voter impersonation at the polls, the kind of fraud photo identification requirements will address.

Now, the Obama administration's Justice Department has weighed in, questioning whether the new law creates undue burdens minority voters. That sets up a legal confrontation about voting access and states rights that will unfold in the shadow of the 2012 presidential campaign, and directly impact who can cast a vote in South Carolina's decisive early primary elections.

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The Process Is Political: A New, Regular Roundup

Monday, August 29, 2011

Through the 2012 election cycle, It’s A Free Country will keep a focus on the mechanics of elections, from voting rules, political party rules to redistricting to, of course, the money that fuels campaigns.

As part of that, we'll be keeping a regular eye on top-line news, undercovered stories, and opinion on our changing political process in a weekly roundup. As with most things around here, we welcome tips, thoughts, and fierce debate about whether any or all of this is good for our democracy. 

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