Elections

Hart Mounts Challenge to Outcome in Iowa's Second District
State News
Hart Mounts Challenge to Outcome in Iowa's Second District
2020-12-02 19:26:43
by Dan McCue

WHEATLAND, Iowa - Democrat Rita Hart is challenging the vote totals in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, two days after a state board certified Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks the winner in a contest that came down to just six votes. The race... Read More

Pelosi, Democrats Renew Push to Overhaul Election, Campaign Finance Laws
Congress
Pelosi, Democrats Renew Push to Overhaul Election, Campaign Finance Laws

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she would press ahead early next year with a campaign finance and elections overhaul, even as the measure may face the same Senate fate it did this Congress: doom. House Democrats passed their signature overhaul measure in March 2019 and dubbed it... Read More

Turmoil Hits Cybersecurity Agency Engaged in Election as Staffers Leave
Cybersecurity
Turmoil Hits Cybersecurity Agency Engaged in Election as Staffers Leave

WASHINGTON — Key officials at the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are stepping down or expecting to get fired from their roles as President Donald Trump continues to question the results of the Nov. 3 election, saying he was the victim of a fraudulent voting process.... Read More

Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
Research
Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
2020-11-12 21:36:43
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - In a Georgetown University focus group webinar of voters from Generation Z, the first-time voters expressed their excitement over participating in the democratic process, while at the same time voiced concerns about various influences on the election. The... Read More

States Expanded Voting Access for the Pandemic. The Changes Might Stick
Elections
States Expanded Voting Access for the Pandemic. The Changes Might Stick

ANCASTER, Pa. — With one envelope slicer, three ballot scanners and around 175 people, it took election officials roughly 37 consecutive hours to process 91,000 mail-in ballots in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. "It's taking a little longer to scan than we had hoped,"... Read More

Lawyers' Group Reports 'No Systemic Problems'
Elections
Lawyers' Group Reports 'No Systemic Problems'

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said Tuesday that the election so far appears to be successful in terms of in-person voting despite some isolated incidents. Voters at on Missouri polling location were asked about their COVID... Read More

Trump Fends Off Biden in Texas, But Too Many States Are Still Up for Grabs for a Verdict
2020 Elections
Trump Fends Off Biden in Texas, But Too Many States Are Still Up for Grabs for a Verdict

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump survived a scare in Texas, though Election Day ended without a verdict on whether his tumultuous presidency will continue for another term — or the huge blue wave that Joe Biden's supporters had hoped for. The former vice president held a substantial lead in... Read More

Stand Together. Vote Together. Win Together
Opinions
Stand Together. Vote Together. Win Together

I’ve been talking about the significance of the black vote for a while now. I know, you’re probably sick of hearing it. But we have to understand that, from the caucuses and primaries to early voting and Election Day, this... Read More

Walmart Pulls Guns Off Shelves as Precaution Ahead of Election
2020 Elections
Walmart Pulls Guns Off Shelves as Precaution Ahead of Election

Walmart Inc. has temporarily pulled ammunition and guns off its shelves ahead of any possible looting or civil unrest that could take place following next week's election. "We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on... Read More

Administration Plans to Nominate Bipartisan Pair to Hobbled FEC
Elections
Administration Plans to Nominate Bipartisan Pair to Hobbled FEC

WASHINGTON — After leaving so many vacancies at the Federal Election Commission that it couldn't even hold meetings for most of the 2020 campaign cycle, the Trump administration said Wednesday it planned to nominate a bipartisan pair to the hobbled agency. President Donald Trump's picks... Read More

Trump Eyes Hosting Election Night Party at His DC Hotel
2020 Elections
Trump Eyes Hosting Election Night Party at His DC Hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital. Over the past several days, the campaign has pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering... Read More

Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
State News
Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
2020-10-22 18:57:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court put the brakes on a lower court order that would have allowed curbside voting in Alabama in November. The underlying lawsuit was filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law... Read More

Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say
2020 Elections
Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and are sending disinformation to Americans ahead of Election Day, the leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies and the FBI warned Wednesday night. The announcement was made during a brief and hastily announced news conference, and it was another reminder of... Read More

Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd
Opinions
Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd

On November 3rd, Puerto Ricans will head to the polls to answer a simple question with powerful implications: "Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the Union as a State? Yes or No.”  This is not the first time Puerto... Read More

Repeal Obamacare? Once GOP Dogma, It's Now the Party's Albatross
Health
Repeal Obamacare? Once GOP Dogma, It's Now the Party's Albatross

WASHINGTON - Contempt for the Affordable Care Act Obamacare was so central to Sen. Joni Ernst's 2014 election campaign that the Iowa Republican, in a TV ad promising she'd "unload" on the law, pulled out a handgun and fired repeatedly. "Give me a shot," she... Read More

Fearing Late Votes Might Not Count, Millions Cast Ballots Around America
Voting
Fearing Late Votes Might Not Count, Millions Cast Ballots Around America

HOUSTON _ Haunted by the specter of a potentially fragile election system, Americans are voting early in unprecedented numbers _ a possible harbinger of record turnout for a modern-day election in the U.S. With 19 days to go before the Nov. 3 election, about... Read More

Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020 Elections
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020-10-10 14:34:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have... Read More

Justice Department to Allow Election Fraud Cases to be Public
2020 Elections
Justice Department to Allow Election Fraud Cases to be Public

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will allow prosecutors to make public announcements and take overt investigative steps when it comes to election fraud cases in the days leading up to the presidential vote, breaking with longstanding tradition of not doing... Read More

Election Officials Talk Facts, Myths, and Safest Approaches to Mail-In Ballots
2020 Elections
Election Officials Talk Facts, Myths, and Safest Approaches to Mail-In Ballots
2020-10-07 19:32:26
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — With just weeks until Election Day, the Bipartisan Policy Center wanted to be sure that Americans had access to all the facts about voting in the 2020 election. The think tank recognized misinformation perpetuating — specifically surrounding the... Read More

High Court to Hear GOP Bid to Reimpose Arizona Voting Restrictions
Elections
High Court to Hear GOP Bid to Reimpose Arizona Voting Restrictions
2020-10-02 19:21:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider a bid by Arizona Republicans to overturn a lower court ruling that struck down recently imposed voting restrictions in the state. In January, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of... Read More

North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies
2020 Elections
North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies
2020-09-26 14:44:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win re-election even if he just squeaks out a victory in the Tar Heel State, but he might as well pack... Read More

Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted
2020 Elections
Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted
2020-09-24 21:14:47
by Dan McCue

The top elections officials of what will undoubtedly be two of the most closely watched states in the nation on election night 2020 told attendees of a virtual forum Tuesday that their top priority will be ensuring that the vote... Read More

More People with Felony Convictions Can Vote, but Roadblocks Remain
In The News
More People with Felony Convictions Can Vote, but Roadblocks Remain

WASHINGTON — More than ever, Eric Harris is mindful of the elected officials around him: The school board members deciding whether his children will go back to the classroom, the sheriff influencing how officers interact with people like him, and... Read More

Wanted: Poll Workers Able to Brave the Pandemic
In The News
Wanted: Poll Workers Able to Brave the Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Dave and Diane Schell, a retired social studies teacher and a retired human resources professional from South Windsor, Connecticut, left their careers in 2015, and have worked the polls at their local precinct every election since. But not... Read More

Courts Will Decide Georgia Voting Rights — and Maybe Election Results
State News
Courts Will Decide Georgia Voting Rights — and Maybe Election Results

ATLANTA — Fierce battles over which votes count are already being fought in courts this election season, with armies of voting rights advocates, political parties and attorneys gearing up to bring more challenges to Georgia election laws when ballots are... Read More

A Million Mail-in Ballots Could Go Uncounted This Fall. The USPS May Not Be to Blame
2020 Elections
A Million Mail-in Ballots Could Go Uncounted This Fall. The USPS May Not Be to Blame

WASHINGTON — The controversial new chief of the U.S. Postal Service had not even started his job when a disturbing thing happened to hundreds of thousands of Americans who cast ballots by mail in primary elections this spring. Their votes... Read More

Running an Election in a Pandemic, In 10 Steps
In The News
Running an Election in a Pandemic, In 10 Steps

WASHINGTON — When the pandemic hit and more than a thousand usual poll workers backed out of working the April primary in Madison, Wisconsin, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl needed replacements who were available to work late, had customer service skills... Read More

Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches
2020 Elections
Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohioans stake the names of their preferred candidates in the November election outside their homes, a new form of activism is showing up alongside the traditional candidate yard signs. Absentee ballot requests, voter registration forms and... Read More

Ohioans Won’t Know Official Election Results for Weeks, Secretary of State Says
In The News
Ohioans Won’t Know Official Election Results for Weeks, Secretary of State Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned voters during a Tuesday news conference that results reported after the polls close on Election Day will be strictly unofficial, and he said state law bars his office and county... Read More

What to Watch in New Hampshire, Rhode Island Primaries This Week
2020 Elections
What to Watch in New Hampshire, Rhode Island Primaries This Week

Two of the nation’s final primary contests of the cycle will be decided Tuesday, in New Hampshire and Rhode Island, but one of the most interesting tests will be over the power of someone who’s not on the ballot: President... Read More

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