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Nov 30, 2011

As part of an ongoing legal battle regarding HB 1355, Florida's controversial election law, 11 state lawmakers were recently served subpoenas compelling them to furnish documentation related to the legislation.

The League of Women Voters and the National Council of La Raza filed a lawsuit to prevent a court from approving HB 1355, which the groups argue will suppress voter turnout and disenfranchise certain citizens prior to the 2012 presidential contest.

On November 23, La Raza issued a statement condemning the law, saying its provision to reduce early voting periods wou

Nov 23, 2011

New York recently became the latest site for election law wrangling in the lead-up to the 2012 contests.

Oct 21, 2011

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against the state's governor and members of the state's accountability board on October 20, alleging that a recently passed election law is unconstitutional.

The law in question, Act 23, was signed by Governor Scott Walker in May. It stipulates that beginning with the 2012 spring primary elections, Wisconsin voters must present a valid photo ID at their polling place in order to cast a ballot. A Wisconsin driver's license, a military ID, a U.S.

Oct 13, 2011

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Gordon recently introduced legislation to reform the state's election laws.

The package, known as the Secure and Fair Elections Initiative, would institute broad changes to the way elections are organized and conducted.

Oct 6, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court recently began to hear oral arguments in a case that will determine whether millions of formerly public domain works can legally be granted copyright protection.

In 1994, Congress passed a law extending copyright protection to works created by international artists, musicians and writers that had formerly been considered part of the public domain, meaning that anyone could republish, perform, adapt or otherwise use them.