Last time a president pushed the Justice Department to go on a voter fraud witch hunt, its integrity was shot and Americans’ voting rights suffered. This could be the opening salvo to another wide-ranging effort to restrict voting rights nationwide.
Reports indicate President Donald Trump will issue an executive order of questionable legality and need, amounting to a version of the “Muslim ban” that he first proposed during his campaign which was criticized by Americans of all political persuasions.
The notion that millions voted illegally is preposterous. An expensive investigation of imaginary voter fraud is not needed and could easily devolve into a witch hunt. Worse, it could justify sweeping voting restrictions.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirmed prior ruling in favor of Microsoft that a domestic search warrant can't compel American companies to provide emails outside the US in Microsoft Corporation v. United States of America.
The full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had struck down the law as racially discriminatory last summer. Approximately 600,000 registered voters did not have the acceptable ID required under the law as originally written.
Only hours after the inauguration, the Department of Justice requested to postpone Tuesday’s hearing in the Texas photo ID case. It was scheduled to argue that the state had intentionally discriminated against Latino and African American voters.
In an amicus brief accepted by the New York State Court of Appeals, the Brennan Center argued that Facebook should be allowed to protect the privacy of its users by challenging the constitutionality of "bulk" warrants for personal data.