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Jul 23, 2018

Weekly Primer On Voting Rights: Heated Fights Over A Little-Known Election Agency

The Michigan state Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments over a ballot initiative to reform the state’s redistricting process with an amendment to the state’s constitution. Previous courts have ruled in favor of the letting voters approve or reject the measure in November, but an opposition group largely funded by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce successfully convinced the state Supreme Court, where five of the seven justices are GOP nominees, to review their claims. Funding for the Election Assistance Commission prompted a shouting match on the House floor last week, when Republicans blocked a Democratic measure to increase funding for the federal commission on the heels of special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury indictment of 12 Russian hackers who, among other things, targeted state and local election infrastructure. While lawmakers feud over funding election cyber-security, the Justice Department on Thursday unveiled a major cyber-security report that outlined how it is addressing election meddling. The White House earlier this month announced…

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