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Elections & Voting

Podcast: The debate over President Trump’s election commission

July 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Deborah Archer of New York Law School and Derek Muller of Pepperdine University discuss the agenda and challenges of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

On this day, the Republican Party names its first candidates

July 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

On July 6, 1854, disgruntled voters in a new political party named its first candidates to contest the Democrats over the issue of slavery. Within six years, the newly christened Republican Party would control the White House and Congress as the Civil War began.

Lincoln and Taney’s great writ showdown

May 28, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On May 28, 1861, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney directly challenged President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime suspension of the great writ of habeas corpus, in a national constitutional showdown.

Is the American free speech consensus under attack?

May 3, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

A rapidly changing nation has given new voice and urgency to critiques of strong free speech protections.

Video: Defining Truth in Modern Politics

May 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Susan Glasser of POLITICO, Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, and Brian Stelter of CNN look at the rise of “fake news,” the growth of political polarization, and the fracturing of the media.

New threat rising to Voting Rights Act

April 13, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

About four years after the Supreme Court took away the government’s strongest authority to protect minority voters’ rights, a backup power under the federal Voting Rights Act – weaker and harder to use – is now being threatened, just as federal courts have begun applying it.

Court gives new guidance on racial gerrymandering

March 1, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

With just three years until a new round of redistricting, the Supreme Court moved to further clarify when states may use the race of voters as a decisive factor.

Trump team drops challenge to Texas voter ID law

February 27, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration on Monday moved to abandon the effort, begun by the Obama administration and civil rights advocates more than three years ago, to prove that the nation’s strictest voter ID law is unconstitutional.

Towards a more perfect electoral union

February 3, 2017 By David W. Wise

In this commentary, David W. Wise proposes some reforms that he believes could restore reasoned compromise to the national election process.

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