In a unanimous ruling Friday the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court held that a voter’s absentee or mail-in ballot cannot be rejected based solely on a comparison of the signature on the ballot with the voter’s signature on their registration form. The ruling came as a result of a King’s Bench petition by Kathy Boockvar, Secretary of [...]

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In a unanimous ruling on Friday, a three-judge panel of the Texas Third Court of Appeals ruled against Governor Greg Abbott’s order limiting the number of ballot drop boxes to one per county. On October 1, the governor, citing both ballot security and health concerns, issued an order restricting ballot drop boxes to one location [...]

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The US District Court for the District of New Jersey Thursday dismissed  the Trump campaign’s lawsuit challenging newly passed mail-in voting provisions from the New Jersey Legislature. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey Legislature enacted Assembly Bill No. 4475, which expanded the state’s mail-in voting initiatives. The Trump campaign challenged this legislation, [...]

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The Constitutional Court of Poland barred abortion due to fetal defects in a controversial decision handed down Thursday. The court held that termination of pregnancy in that circumstance had no constitutional justification and it violated the constitutionally guaranteed right to life. The court stated in a pre-judgment press release that The unborn child, as a [...]

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A three-judge panel of the Athens Appeal Court has rejected appeals for suspended sentences by leaders of the Golden Dawn party. It ruled Thursday to imprison 39 leaders of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, including 13 legislators following their convictions for running the party like a criminal organization. These sentencing decisions by the court end a [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for the creation of a new international treaty that would ban autonomous weapons or any other form of so-called “killer robots.”  In a report issued Tuesday the international rights group advanced a detailed proposal outlining essential elements for a treaty seeking to prevent the use of “all weapons systems that [...]

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The Parliament of Sri Lanka Thursday passed the Twentieth Amendment to the country’s constitution, repealing a past administration’s limitations on presidential powers and expansion of parliamentary powers. The amendment has raised concerns that authoritarian President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s power has become unbounded. The amendment was passed in the Sri Lankan House by a vote of 156-65. [...]

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On Thursday the United States and the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda co-sponsored the so-called Geneva Consensus Declaration urging member states to achieve (1) better health for women, (2) the preservation of human life, (3) the strengthening of family as the foundational unit of society, and (4) the protection of every nation [...]

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The cities of Seattle, New York and Portland, Oregon, filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump Thursday, challenging his efforts to withhold federal funding from those cities for having permitted “anarchy, violence and destruction” as alleged in a Presidential Memorandum issued in early September following a wave of protests and civic disturbances largely animated by [...]

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US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe said in a press conference Wednesday that Russia and Iran have obtained voter registration information which can be used to communicate false information to registered voters. The Treasury Department has responded to the interference by instituting sanctions solely targeting Iran. Ratcliffe asserted that Iran is distributing “spoofed” [...]

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