The Voting News Weekly: The Voting News Weekly for April 25 – May 1 2016

north_carolina_260Time Magazine reported on the nationwide move toward paper ballot voting systems. A judge rejected a challenge to the results of Arizona’s problematic presidential primary despite evidence that there were glitches in the election. Kansas is fending off multiple legal challenges to its proof-of-citizenship requirements and just months before the state’s August primary, the status of the “dual registration” system remains unclear. Democratic lawmakers filibustered a Voter ID bill in Missouri while civil rights leaders will appeal a federal judge decision upholding a  sweeping Republican-backed changes to North Carolina election rules that includes a voter identification provision. In a setback for civil rights challengers, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Texas to continue to enforce its Voter ID law while litigation over the measure continues. Vermont became the fourth state to enact provisions for automatic voter registration. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons outraged Republicans who accused McAuliffe of abusing his power to help longtime ally Hillary Clinton win a battleground state by putting more likely Democratic voters on the voter rolls. Claiming fraud and irregularities. Serbian opposition supporters rallied in Belgrade demanding a nationwide recount of last weekend’s election ballots and the UK high court has rejected an attempt to force the government to grant millions of UK citizens living abroad a vote in this June’ s EU referendum.