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The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn't rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was rigged by the owners of television networks who believed that giving one candidate far more coverage than others was good for their ratings.

Presidential debates are undemocratic, blocking viable independent candidates from voters

If you are an independent, you have no chance of participating in the final fall 2016 presidential debates, and if you aren't in the debates you can't become president. Why can't an independent stand on the stage with the Democratic and Republican nominees? Because rules set by a commission dominated by the two major parties stand in the way.

Court strikes down proof of citizenship requirement to vote in all states

On September 15, I wrote a commentary about how the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law filed a lawsuit to prevent Georgia from implementing an onerous "voter registration verification process." From the title, it may sound sounds like a benign vetting process, but is actually one of the many laws and regulations that Republican-controlled legislatures and governors have been using to place obstacles in the place of non-Republican voters.

ID laws disenfranchise poor voters across the country

67-year-old Leroy Switlick is angry.

He's angry because he's made three separate trips to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office in Milwaukee to get a photo ID so he can vote in next month's general election.

Each time he's come away empty-handed.

Leroy has voted in every presidential election for more than 40 years, but Wisconsin's new voter ID law means that even though he's registered, he will not be able to cast his ballot without showing photo ID such as a driving licence or passport.

"It's silly," he says.

North Carolina voters continue to battle for voting rights

A group of plaintiffs in a voting rights case that rocked North Carolina politics earlier this year filed a further court motion on Saturday to peel back remaining restrictions on early voting times and locations in five counties, a person with knowledge of the move told POLITICO.

Judge rules on the side of Kansas voters in case around citizenship documents

WICHITA — Thousands of prospective voters in Kansas who did not provide citizenship documents will be able to vote in the November election under a federal appeals court ruling late Friday that upheld a judge’s order.

The decision from the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms lower court’s May order forcing Kansas to register more than 20,000 voters, a number that is expected to swell to 50,000 by the time of the November elections. It noted that the preliminary injunction serves the public interest.

Nevada tribes victorious in voting rights case - satellite polling places are required

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two Native American tribes in Nevada won an emergency court order late Friday in a federal lawsuit accusing the Republican secretary of state and two counties of discriminating against them under the Voting Rights Act.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du issued a temporary injunction in Reno requiring the establishment of satellite polling places on two northern Nevada reservations ahead of next month's election in the Western battleground state.

Florida Governor refuses to extend voter registration deadline due to deadly hurricane

 Florida Governor Rick Scott, a hyper-partisan Republican who has been one of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters in this year’s presidential race, has a miserable record when it comes to respecting democracy in his critical swing state. And he is back at it this week—refusing requests to extend voter registration deadlines for Floridians whose lives are being disrupted by Hurricane Matthew.

Felony convictions affect ballot access nationwide as over 6 million will be barred from voting this election

A record 6.1 million Americans are forbidden to vote because of felony disenfranchisement, or laws restricting voting rights for those convicted of felony-level crimes. The number of disenfranchised individuals has increased dramatically along with the rise in criminal justice populations in recent decades, rising from an estimated 1.17 million in 1976 to 6.1 million today.

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Civil Rights leader Rep. John Lewis calls for federal election observers to be placed at the polls on election day 2016

Civil rights icon John Lewis called on the Obama administration Wednesday to dispatch federal election observers to polling stations in states that have recently restricted voting rights. But it wouldn’t be easy.  

Voter intimidation and fraud allegations descend on Illinois

Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan, U.S. Attorney James A. Lewis for the Central District of Illinois and officials with the Illinois State Board of Elections today met with Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd and an official from the Kankakee County Clerk’s office to ensure a fair, open and legal election this fall that allows all residents to vote equally without obstacles or intimidation by law enforcement officials or offers in exchange for votes, all of which are prohibited by law.

Ohio voter registration purge declared unconstitutional - voter ID laws and the 2016 election

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Ohio's voter "purge," a measure that removed thousands of inactive voters from the rolls in a controversial effort to curb voter fraud and keep registration up to date, was unconstitutional.

The battle over voting rules is one of the many debates about voter fraud taking place around the United States as an increasingly tight presidential election looms on the horizon. The issue has sharply divided the country along political party lines in recent years.

Possible voter suppression tactics disguised as a voter fraud investigation unfolds in Indiana

Indiana State Police investigators on Tuesday searched a voter registration agency on Indianapolis' north side as they look into a voter fraud case that spans nine counties.

The investigation began in late August when police learned of the filing of fraudulent voter registration forms in Marion and Hendricks counties.

The investigation has expanded from Marion and Hendricks counties to include Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison counties, according to a statement from State Police.

10 reasons why the current electoral system puts our democracy in danger

As we enter the final stretch of the presidential campaign it has been hard to avoid focusing on how this election has broken records by generating two of the most disliked presidential candidates in 10 election cycles. In a poll out last week we find that “Both candidates inspire mostly negative emotions, but American voters are particularly anxious about the Republican.”