Featured Stories
Hostile Poll Watchers Could Cause a Mess 
We’ve heard repeated calls for poll watchers to root out supposed fraud in states like Pennsylvania. What could this mean for November?  “We might see a lot of individuals trying to take on the role of election officials or law enforcement, and crossing the line into intimidation, discrimination and polling place disruption,” Wendy Weiser told Politico. See the Brennan Center’s briefing memo on these so-called “ballot security” operations, spelling out what is allowed and what isn’t.
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SCOTUS Punts on Campaign Finance, Judicial Integrity
By declining to hear a case involving possibly illegal campaign spending coordination in Wisconsin, the Supreme Court missed an important opportunity on money in politics.
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The Top 5
Is it Right to Report Results Before the Polls Close?
Just because you technically can do something, should you do it? Walter Shapiro discusses the ethics of spoiling an election with early projections.
Why America's Votes Will Be Counted
With almost 10,000 election jurisdictions, it is practically impossible to “hack” the returns.
How Criminal Justice is Changing Hollywood
The fall crop of new TV shows are taking a more nuanced view of the criminal justice system, Lauren-Brooke Eisen writes for The Hollywood Reporter.
The Real Clinton Email Scandal? Overclassification
Republicans and Democrats seem unable to agree on what day of the week it is. But they do agree that far too much information is classified.
How a Bank Error Led to the Throwing Out of an Election 
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy reports on how a Florida court threw out an election because a bank mistakenly refused to cash a check.
Featured Event
The Great Suppression: A Book Talk With Zachary Roth
Nearly two dozen states have passed new voting restrictions. Gerrymandering keeps partisans in power. And the Supreme Court gutted campaign finance laws and protections against voting discrimination. In The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on American Democracy, MSNBC reporter Zachary Roth reveals how some are not only manipulating the machinery of democracy, but have come to distrust the very idea of democracy itself. Join Roth and the Brennan Center's Myrna Pérez October 18 for a timely discussion about this exciting new book. RSVP here