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Sep 21, 2011

Colorado Secretary of State Paul Gessler recently filed a lawsuit against Denver County, alleging the county clerk's office is violating state election law by mailing ballots to inactive voters.

According to Colorado law, if a state resident is registered to vote but missed casting a ballot in the most recent election, he or she is classified as inactive. Regarding the distribution of mail-in ballots, the law says ballots must be sent to active voters.

Gessler's lawsuit contends the law means ballots should only be sent to active voters.

Aug 31, 2011

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has taken a stand against recent changes in Ohio's election laws.

Ohio's Republican-led legislature passed the election law reform, HB 224, last June. Among other provisions, the law shortened the early voting period and the time period for casting absentee ballots, and banned county election boards from mass mailing absentee ballots.

Democratic lawmakers protested that the new laws will unfairly limit ballot access.

Aug 31, 2011

A lawsuit between the heirs of master Expressionist painter George Grosz and New York's Museum of Modern Art has implications for international law, the New York Times reports.

Martin and Lilian Grosz, the painter's son and daughter-in-law, initially sued the museum in 2003, requesting the return of three paintings they allege were stolen by the Nazis before coming into MOMA's possession.

After consulting with experts, the museum rejected the claim, arguing there is no evidence the artworks were looted by the Nazis.

Aug 26, 2011

The state of Arizona recently sued the U.S. Department of Justice, challenging provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 requiring Arizona to obtain federal approval for any changes to its election laws.

According to the suit, the 1965 civil rights law mandated that certain states, mostly in the South but including Arizona, could not revise their election laws without getting approval from the DOJ, to ensure minorities are not discriminated against.

Aug 25, 2011

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Secretary Carol Aichele recently voiced her support for a controversial election law working its way through the state legislature.

House Bill 934, the Pennsylvania Voter Identification Protection Act, stipulates Pennsylvanians must present a photo ID to vote. The bill was passed by the state's house of representatives in June and awaits action in the senate.

Representative Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler, introduced the measure, which he said will reduce fraudulent voting.