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The Texas Voter ID law has twice been struck down by courts. Yet the law lives on, through appeal after appeal. Last week, in the latest round of the drama, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was in federal court to defend the measure once again.

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President Obama threw down the gauntlet to Texas GOP lawmakers this week during a talk at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin. According to Obama, Texas leaders "aren't interested" in higher voter numbers, reports The Texas Tribune. The president claimed that the state’s Republican leadership has stifled voter turnout. He added that the public should do more to encourage online voting and other civic engagement.

OK Dems to Allow Independents to Vote in Primaries

Nov 20, 2015
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Oklahoma is finalizing plans to allow independents to vote in its 2016 Democratic primaries, reports KOSU. The state’s Democratic Party Chairman formally notified the Election Board on Monday that independents will be welcome to vote with Democrats in any primary over the next two years. That includes Oklahoma’s presidential primary, which will be held on March first.

The voter registration debate continues with Kris Kobach and Hillary Clinton.

A western Kansas man is charged with voting in multiple Sherman County elections between 2012 and 2014 without being qualified. Secretary of State Kris Kobach is also charging Lincoln Wilson with committing election perjury. Two Johnson County residents are accused to voting in the 2010 general election without being lawfully registered Kansas voters. Few details have been released, but court documents show Kobach has worked with officials in surrounding states.

Over 30,000 Kansas voter registrations are on hold because they don't include citizenship documents. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach put a new rule in place cancelling those incomplete registrations after 90 days. Paul Davis, who was the Democratic candidate for governor last year, is heading up the lawsuit.

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News outlets have exhaustively reported the wide field of Republicans who are running for president in next year’s election. But those organizations are, in fact, underreporting the numbers, notes Mother Jones. In reality, 448 people from around the country have filed the form to run for president. Along with various other, smaller party affiliations there are 118 independents, 100 Republicans, and 74 Democrats who’ve thrown their hats into the ring—and that’s a lot of hats.

Oklahoma to Allow Online Voter Registration

Jun 24, 2015
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A new law will allow Oklahoma voters to register online, reports the Southwest Times Record. The law, which goes into effect November 1st, authorizes a secure online system that will accept voter registration applications from voters with a valid Oklahoma Drivers License or ID card.  The new measure is one of several election reforms proposed by Senator David Holt, a Republican from Oklahoma City. More than two dozen other states already have electronic voting systems.

Oklahoma lawmakers are considering online registration to increase voter turnout.

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he’ll keep pushing for the power to prosecute voter fraud cases reported Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio.

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Jean Schodorf says Kansans with voter registrations that are on hold should be allowed to cast ballots until there’s actual suspicion of voter fraud according to a story from KPR.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach recently said comparing voter registration applications against Kansas birth certificates reduced the backlog of registrants whose voting rights are on hold because they don’t meet the new proof of citizenship requirement according to the Wichita Eagle.

Politics: Do Texans Care?

Oct 21, 2013

A recent study by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin revealed that in 2010, Texas voters don’t vote.  As a matter of fact, according to the Amarillo Globe-News, voter turnout in the state of Texas is the worst in the nation.

Politics are polarizing in traditionally moderate Colorado.  Colorado has been a swing state for a long time with basically an even split between Democrats, Republicans, and the “unaffiliated.”  However the divide is widening mostly due to the rightward drift of Republicans reported the Economist.