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November 08, 2016

Election day pessoptimism

We’ve all seen the images of election day euphoria from places scattered around the globe. Citizens in nations freed from the yoke of oppression lining up for hours to cast their first (and hopefully not last) votes. People celebrating in the streets as a hated dictator is forever banished from the political scene (and perhaps ...

May 08, 2015

Challenge to Guam's race-based plebiscite will go forward

The Guam legislature passed a law that allowed only “native inhabitants of Guam” to vote in an upcoming plebiscite concerning Guam’s political relationship with the United States. The plebiscite would ask native inhabitants to vote on whether Guam should seek statehood, independence, or a continued “association” with t ...

November 04, 2014

Can noncitizen votes decide U.S. elections?

The heated debate over voter fraud and illegal voting has largely occurred without reliable data on the extent of the problem, but that may be changing in part with a new academic study on noncitizen voting that is receiving significant attention. Townhall published my take on some of its implications here. Among them, the study ...

November 06, 2012

Putting voting in proper perspective

Sunday, I saw school children dressed in red, white, and blue, lining a sidewalk, holding patriotic signs that encouraged people to vote. The overwhelming sentiment was that voting is not only an American privilege, but an essential ingredient to freedom. While voting is a privilege, it can lead to the same sorts of excesses as ...

May 24, 2010

PLF files amicus brief in Farrakhan v. Gregoire to protect state electoral practices

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda Last week the Pacific Legal Foundation and Center for Equal Opportunity filed an amicus brief in support of the State of Washington in Farrakhan v. Gregoire.  That case concerns an attempt by convicted criminals to nullify a section of the Washington State Constitution that prohibits felons from voting.  (Previo ...