Under the bus: Union-backed group turning America’s West blue

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Colorado, Idaho, Montana Watchdog, Northwest, Oregon, Washington  /  No Comments

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By Dustin Hurst and Shelby Sebens  | Watchdog.org
Examining the Portland, Ore.-based Bus Project, one could use plenty of adjectives to describe the operation’s tactics and activities: aggressive, unique and innovative.
The one descriptor that group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, wants you to believe, though, is the least-fitting: nonpartisan.
Sure, the group holds a banner that professes to soar [...]

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Suspended Kansas voters may be their own worst enemy

By   /  October 4, 2013  /  Kansas, Voter Registration, WatchBlog  /  2 Comments

INACTION: County election officials say more than 17,000 Kansas voter registrations remain suspended largely because of inaction or indifference on the part of individuals failing to produce necessary documentation.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE — Kansas’ new law requiring voters to prove they’re U.S. citizens has thrown more than 17,000 registrations into limbo this year, a fact Democratic politicos called nothing short of voter suppression by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
But county election officials say the only thing stopping these people from voting [...]

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VA Democrats try to stop duplicate voters purge with lawsuit

By   /  October 3, 2013  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  2 Comments

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By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — Weeks before a contentious gubernatorial election, at least 300,000 registered Virginia voters are also registered in another state.
But Virginia Democrats want to make sure local registrars don’t mistakenly remove a single legitimate voter from registration rolls before Nov. 5.
With a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court [...]

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Legislative committee OKs audit of elections watchdog

By   /  September 10, 2013  /  WatchBlog, Wisconsin WatchBlog  /  2 Comments

The Joint Audit Committee approved an audit of the Government Accountability Board, the agency charged with overseeing state elections.

By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – A legislative committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a state audit of the Government Accountability Board, the agency charged with overseeing state elections.
The audit will include a review of voter irregularities complaints made to the GAB and how well the agency resolves those complaints. The Legislative Audit Bureau will [...]

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New guide for ex-felons to regain their voting rights puts problems into limelight

By   /  September 5, 2013  /  News, Virginia  /  1 Comment

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Part 4 of 5 in the series Free to Vote in Virginia

By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
PURCELLVILLE  — A new guide to help Virginia’s ex-felons regain their voting rights highlights logistical problems with the newly automated process.
The Advancement Project, an advocacy group that worked with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office to develop the automated process, released [...]

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