The authority to both define state emergencies and exercise state statutory emergency powers rests almost entirely with America’s governors. When emergencies—real or supposed—and elections intersect, state executives could leverage their emergency powers to influence electoral outcomes.
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When it comes to current efforts to strip or distort the people’s ability to choose their government, state courts have both the authority and the duty to act.
Congress should remedy dangerous weaknesses in the ECA that invite uncertainty as to the various roles that state and federal actors, as well as the different branches of government, play in the process.
Democrats in Congress should not let their overlooking of existing federal-court authority, or their displeasure with the result in Bush v. Gore, impede the current effort at bipartisan ECA reform.
This post offers a 12-step program to address the most significant administrative challenges exposed in the 2020 election.
A new strongman takes power in Kyrgyzstan, while former President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s heir cements his control over Kazakhstan’s government.
Rather than waiting on Congress, states can use unspent funds for cybersecurity.
Editor’s Note: With the exception of the president of the United States, we all know that Russia and other powers have run amok in their attempts to influence U.S. elections and those of other democracies around the world. Learning the scope of the problem, however, has proved difficult. In a groundbreaking study, Arya Goel, Diego Martin and Jacob Shapiro, all of Princeton University, find that more than 20 countries have been targeted. Russia (no surprise) is by far the most active, but Iran, China and Saudi Arabia all are joining the fray.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.
With so much happening in the world it is easy to miss when American institutions continue to go about their business for the people and do good work. A case in point involves a report issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled “Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy.” This elegant study focuses on the science of election security—without partisan bluster and without political preconceptions.