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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Reinstatement of a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Decennial Census Questionnaire

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Population/Census

https://www.commerce.gov/sites/commerce.gov/files/2018-03-26_2.pdf

Lays out the reasons why the Secretary of Commerce has decided to add a controversial question about citizenship to the 2020 Census.  Cites need to prevent voting fraud as justification for risking reduced Census response rate.  From the U.S. Department of Commerce.

 

Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Homeland Security,Russia,Spying/Intelligence

www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf

Discusses U.S. intelligence agencies’ findings on Russian activities to influence and manipulate U.S. election results.  From the Central Intelligence Agency, FBI, and National Security Agency.

 

United States of America v. Internet Research Agency et al.

Categories: Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency,Russia

https://www.justice.gov/file/1035477/download

Text of the Grand Jury indictment handed down in the Special Counsel’s investigation into the activities of Russian companies and individuals to interfere in the U.S. 2016 presidential election.  From the Office of the Special Counsel of the U.S. Justice Department

 

Grand Jury Indicts Thirteen Russian Individuals and Three Russian Companies for Scheme to Interfere in the United States Political System

Categories: Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency,Russia

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/grand-jury-indicts-thirteen-russian-individuals-and-three-russian-companies-scheme-interfere

Text of the press release which announced the indictments presented by the Office of the Special Counsel on Friday, February 16, 2018.  The defendants were cited for conducting information warfare against the U.S. “to spread distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.”  From the Department of Justice

 

Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Propose Joint Legislative Priorities

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Environment,Guns,Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=22095

Press release which outlines major priorities for the current and future Democratic leaders including expansion of Medicaid, universal background checks for gun purchases, reform of the absentee voting process, joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and preventing the personal use of campaign contributions.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Russia and 2016 Election Investigations

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.c-span.org/video/?436360-1/facebook-google-twitter-executives-testify-russias-influence-2016-election

Features executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the topic of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through manipulation of social media.  From C-Span

 

Electoral College Reform: Contemporary Issues for Congress

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43824.pdf

Examines structural and political objections to the electoral college as a method for selecting the president and various reform proposals, including the National Popular Vote initiative.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists and InfoDocket.

 

Voters with Disabilities: Observations on Polling Place Accessibility and Related Federal Guidance

Categories: Disability,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687556.pdf

Examines a sample of 178 U.S. polling places and finds that 60% had one or more potential impediments for voters with disabilities.  Covers in-person voting before and on election day, the extent to which polling places had impediments, actions taken to facilitate voting by those with disabilities, and the extent to which federal accessibility requirements apply to voting.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

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