Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to redistricting reform, from access to the courts to presidential power in the fight against terrorism.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Study: Design Flaws Contribute to Hundreds of Thousands of Lost Votes in Recent Elections
Design defects in ballots, voter instructions, and voting machines contributed to the loss of several hundred thousand votes in the most recent national elections, a new Brennan Center for Justice study found .
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Study: 500,000 Americans Could Face Significant Challenges to Obtain Photo ID to Vote
Nearly 500,000 eligible voters in 10 states with restrictive voter ID laws live in households without vehicles and reside at least 10 miles from an ID-issuing office open more than two days a week, a new Brennan Center for Justice study found.
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Monday, July 09, 2012
Texas NAACP, Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Federal Court Must Reject Restrictive Photo ID Law
In a trial starting today, the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives (MALC) will urge a federal court to reject Texas’ restrictive photo ID law.
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Supreme Court Lets Unlimited Money Stand, Ignores Extensive Record of Corruption
The U.S. Supreme Court today, by a 5-4 vote, struck down Montana’s 100-year-old ban on corporate election spending — without even allowing full briefing or argument in the case. The decision reverses a Montana Supreme Court decision, which upheld the law due to the state’s dramatic history of corruption.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Poll: Super PACs Leave Americans Less Likely to Vote
A new national poll finds that the outsized spending of super PACs and other groups in the 2012 election cycle has given rise to significant, bipartisan fears of corruption and heightened distrust in government. The poll, conducted on behalf of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, also finds that one in four Americans are less likely to vote this year due to fears that candidates cater to the interests of super PAC donors over the public interest.
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Friday, January 27, 2012
Brennan Center Submits Testimony Challenging Florida’s Restrictive Election Law
The Brennan Center for Justice submitted written testimony in advance of today’s U.S. Senate hearing examining Florida’s new election law, H.B. 1355, stating that the law’s onerous restrictions on community-based voter registration drives are unconstitutional and offering solutions for modernizing the state’s voter registration system.
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Monday, November 07, 2011
Brennan Center Statement in Advance of AG Holder Appearance Before Senate Judiciary Committee
In the wake of news reports that the FBI implemented new rules that relax restrictions on, and oversight of, its intelligence collection activities, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Attorney General Eric Holder tomorrow at a Department of Justice oversight hearing.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Civil Rights Advocates Call on Congress to Investigate FBI’s New Intelligence Rules
Civil rights advocates called on Congress today to investigate the reported changes to the FBI’s guidelines for domestic investigations. The proposed changes to the Domestic Investigations Operations Guide (DIOG) are the latest in a series of new policies that have radically expanded the FBI’s power to investigate and collect intelligence information — often without any indication of wrongdoing — about Americans.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
After Supreme Court Rejects State Secrets Case, Groups Urge DOJ to Implement Oversight Policy
Today, the Brennan Center for Justice urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to implement the state secrets policy it announced on September 23, 2009.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Recurrent Voting System Failures Show Need for New Centralized Database
Recent, recurring voting machine breakdowns, as well as the failure to catch them and ensure that solutions are publicized widely, shows the need for a national, searchable database to collect and disseminate information on system defects, a new Brennan Center study finds. Ten years after the Florida election debacle of 2000 and eight years after the passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the government has invested billions on new voting equipment; still voting machine malfunctions - and resulting lost votes -- persist every election cycle.
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