Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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After indicating Wednesday that she intended to block election officials in Georgia from rejecting absentee ballots for allegedly mismatching signatures, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May issued her order Thursday laying out the new procedures for officials to deal with absentee ballots and ballot applications with signatures that they believe don’t match the signatures for the voter they have on record.

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The deposition video that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach feared would be used in campaign ads against him as he runs for governor will not be made available to the media, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson’s order was a win for Kobach, who had brought the issue to her attention after the challengers in the case for which the deposition was filmed indicated they intended to hand it over to media outlets that had requested the video.

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A federal judge signaled on Wednesday that Georgia election officials would no longer be allowed to reject absentee ballots because they believe the signature on the ballot does not match the voter’s signature on public records. Instead, according to the judge’s proposed order, the ballot would be processed as a provisional ballot, and election officials would be required to give the voter notice of the perceived discrepancy, and give the voter — no later than three days before election day — the opportunity to address it.

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The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, on behalf of students at the historically black college Prairie View A&M University, filed a lawsuit Monday against the Texas county where the college is located. The lawsuit challenges Waller County’s early voting plan, which the complaint says provides a relatively limited opportunity for early voting near the campus, particularly when compared to the white areas of the county.

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