They tell us that there are no coincidences in life, and similarly, there are no coincidences in politics. On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder gave a headline-making speech on criminal justice reform at a civil rights conference at Georgetown University Law Center. The New York Times, on the same day, ran an editorial calling for an end to felon disenfranchisement laws.
The United States Senate Committee on Rules & Administration held a hearing today entitled “An Overview from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.” In attendance were Chairman Charles Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Sen. Angus King (D-ME). The panelists were Bob Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg, the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which released its much-anticipated Report and Recommendations on January 22, 2014.
Kansas and Arizona are continuing to pursue a lawsuit to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to alter the national voter registration form and allow states to enforce controversial proof-of-citizenship requirements.