The state's response comes the same week the Brennan Center for Justice
at the New York University Law School released a study showing that 5 million voters in the U.S.
The report, commissioned by the Brennan Center for Justice
, Justice at Stake, and the Institute on Money in State Politics, found that contributions surged nationally and by state, what it calls "a grave and growing challenge to the impartiality of our nation's courts."
The Brennan Center for Justice
called it "historic criminal justice reform legislation" and described some key provisions:
"That allows people to do more dirty tricks," said Ian Vanderwalker, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice
's Democracy Program.
Though presidents have declared 58 emergencies under the law, this is the first aimed at acquiring money for an item Congress has explicitly refused to finance, according to Elizabeth Goitein, co-director for national security at New York University Law School's Brennan Center for Justice
. This is also the first time Congress has cast votes on whether to annul an emergency declaration, she said.
The 2016 figures, tallied by the Brennan Center for Justice
, placed Minnesota's fundraising 49th among the 50 states holding Supreme Court elections that year; only North Dakota raised and spent less money.
According to the Brennan Center for Justice
at NYU School of Law, in 43 states and the District of Columbia, some residents still use machines that are no longer even manufactured, and 41 states use equipment that is at least a decade old.
Americans United, Muslim Advocates, the Brennan Center for Justice
at NYU School of Law and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in July 2017 with the State Department asking officials to produce the reports the administration claims to have used in creating the three iterations of the Muslim ban.
THE RISKS: Many voter registration systems are old: a report last year by the Brennan Center for Justice
at New York University School of Law estimated that 41 states were still using ones built at least a decade ago.
There are other reforms short of a commission that could make redistricting more fair, including requiring a supermajority of the Legislature to approve Texas' political maps, said Michael Li, a redistricting expert with the Brennan Center for Justice
at New York University School of Law.
The group, which doesn't disclose its donors, spent more than $935,000 on TV ads bashing Goodson and Hixson, according to the Brennan Center for Justice
, which tracks judicial campaign spending.