America Wakes Up to Politics: 2020 Brings a Tsunami of Voting and Activism
2020 Elections
America Wakes Up to Politics: 2020 Brings a Tsunami of Voting and Activism

WASHINGTON — The American electorate, often apathetic and cynical about politics, is experiencing a great awakening, with the 2020 election inspiring extraordinary levels of engagement in both parties. People are enduring hours-long lines to cast ballots, early voting is shattering records,... Read More

Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
Voting
Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
2020-10-22 16:38:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Consider it another sign of an increasing partisan divide -- heading into the final week of the 2020 election cycle, only 4% of registered voters in states with a Senate contest say they will support Donald Trump or... 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

Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting
State News
Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be counted even if they’re received up to a week after Election Day, under a federal judge’s order turning back a Republican challenge to the extended balloting deadline. The ruling... Read More

Fearing Their Votes Won’t Count, Arizonans Rush to Cast Ballots Early
State News
Fearing Their Votes Won’t Count, Arizonans Rush to Cast Ballots Early

PHOENIX — Emilio Alvarado typically takes his time with his ballot, mulling the candidates and propositions, eventually mailing it in close to Election Day. Not this year, says the contractor and veteran who traditionally has voted for Republicans across the... Read More

Voter Beware: US Tells Public How to Avoid Election Mischief
Homeland Security
Voter Beware: US Tells Public How to Avoid Election Mischief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency have issued a series of advisories in recent weeks aimed at warning voters about problems that could surface in the election — as well as steps Americans... Read More

‘It’s Going to Be Like War.’ Voters Eye 2020 Election Outcome With Fear and Loathing
2020 Elections
‘It’s Going to Be Like War.’ Voters Eye 2020 Election Outcome With Fear and Loathing

When Jim Jackson looks ahead to November, he cringes at what he sees: a defeated President Donald Trump refusing to leave the White House and his supporters waging war to keep him there. “The militias and the white supremacists …... Read More

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Will Drive Voter Turnout. Which Side Does That Help?
2020 Elections
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Will Drive Voter Turnout. Which Side Does That Help?

A presidential contest that had largely been a referendum on President Trump and, in particular, his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly broadened into something more: a fight over control of the Supreme Court. Both sides claim their base... Read More

A Crazy 2020 Makes for a Presidential Race Like No Other
2020 Elections
A Crazy 2020 Makes for a Presidential Race Like No Other

After months of stability, the presidential campaign enters the final sprint amid the greatest upheaval the country has faced in more than a generation: a teetering economy, a pandemic and divisions over racial discrimination and policing that have made November’s... Read More

Lakers, AEG to Make Staples Center a Voting Center for L.A.
2020 Elections
Lakers, AEG to Make Staples Center a Voting Center for L.A.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Staples Center will serve as a polling place where Los Angeles voters can cast ballots for the 2020 presidential election from Oct. 30 through Election Day, Nov. 3. In a statement, the parties involved touted arenas as... Read More

Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says
Elections
Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says

Election voting is the cybersecurity industry’s most difficult challenge, and casting ballots on paper is the safest option against any digital disruptions, says CrowdStrike Holdings co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer Dmitri Alperovitch. “Voting is the hardest thing to secure... Read More

US to Crack Down on Foreign Election Meddling, Trump Aide Says
2020 Elections
US to Crack Down on Foreign Election Meddling, Trump Aide Says

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien vowed to protect the 2020 U.S. election from foreign interference, whether they back President Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden, saying any country that interferes risks “severe consequences.” “Whether it’s China or Russia or Iran,... Read More

Federal Program Offers New Cybersecurity Tool for Elections
Cybersecurity
Federal Program Offers New Cybersecurity Tool for Elections

ATLANTA (AP) — State and local officials are receiving additional tools from the federal government to help defend the nation’s election systems from cyberthreats ahead of the November vote, as intelligence officials continue to warn about foreign efforts to interfere in the... Read More

Iowa Governor Signs Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights
State News
Iowa Governor Signs Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday granting convicted felons the right to vote after they complete their sentences, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to... Read More

Absentee Ballot Versus Vote-By-Mail? A Guide to Election Terms
Elections
Absentee Ballot Versus Vote-By-Mail? A Guide to Election Terms

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump frequently says there’s a difference between absentee voting, which he once called “good” in a tweet, and mail-in voting, which he has called “inaccurate and fraudulent.” But the people who run elections don’t make that... Read More

Voter Lawsuit Aims to Block Mask Mandate at Minnesota Polling Places
Litigation
Voter Lawsuit Aims to Block Mask Mandate at Minnesota Polling Places

MINNEAPOLIS — A group of voters backed by Republican legislators sued Gov. Tim Walz and other state and local officials Tuesday in federal court, aiming to block a face mask requirement at polling places. Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance... Read More

Poll Shows Many Younger Voters Aren’t Prepared To Vote By Mail
Opinion Polls
Poll Shows Many Younger Voters Aren’t Prepared To Vote By Mail
2020-08-03 13:57:47
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - New polling data shows that while younger U.S. voters are increasingly interested in voting by mail, many aren’t prepared to do so in 2020. According to a survey released this week by public affairs firm Global Strategy Group,... Read More

Democrats Score Court Wins to Make Voting by Mail Easier
State News
Democrats Score Court Wins to Make Voting by Mail Easier

Democrats on Tuesday notched two victories in lawsuits aimed at making it easier to vote by mail during the pandemic. The state of Rhode Island agreed to eliminate witness or notary requirements for people voting by mail throughout the 2020... Read More

First Votes in 2020 Election Will Be Cast in 6 Weeks
2020 Elections
First Votes in 2020 Election Will Be Cast in 6 Weeks

Voters in the crucial battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina will begin casting ballots in September, giving President Donald Trump and Joe Biden just weeks to make their cases to voters. The first absentee ballots will be sent... Read More

Companies Join In Nonpartisan Effort to Boost Elections Participation
Voting
Companies Join In Nonpartisan Effort to Boost Elections Participation
2020-07-17 19:32:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 100 U.S. companies, including Microsoft, Estee Lauder and Target have committed to engage in nonpartisan efforts to bolster participation by their employees and customers in the 2020 elections. The initiative, called the Civic Alliance, was founded... Read More

Ready or Not: Election Costs Soar in Prep for Virus Voting
2020 Elections
Ready or Not: Election Costs Soar in Prep for Virus Voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The demand for mail-in ballots is surging. Election workers need training. And polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields during the COVID-19 pandemic. As officials prepare for the Nov. 3 election, one certainty is clear: It's... Read More

NC Law Responding to Coronavirus Could Help Republicans in a Voter ID Lawsuit
State News
NC Law Responding to Coronavirus Could Help Republicans in a Voter ID Lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C. — This spring when North Carolina state lawmakers were debating a bill making it easier for people to vote by mail in November because of coronavirus, they also added in an unrelated provision about photo IDs. Now, Republican... Read More

Wait Weeks to Tally November’s Votes? One Ex-Official Says That ‘Could Be Generous’
2020 Elections
Wait Weeks to Tally November’s Votes? One Ex-Official Says That ‘Could Be Generous’

WASHINGTON — This week’s key primary contests in Kentucky and New York have provided yet more evidence that Election Day will last beyond the first Tuesday in November. In both states, the abundance of absentee ballots that did not need... Read More

Puerto Ricans Poised to Decide Whether to Seek Statehood
Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans Poised to Decide Whether to Seek Statehood
2020-06-15 12:37:17
by Dan McCue

Residents of Puerto Rico will be casting a telling vote this November -- one that could decide whether the island -- now a territory of the United States -- will seek statehood or not. While the referendum is non-binding because... Read More

Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020 Elections
Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020-06-09 19:44:19
by Dan McCue

Georgians who overcame concerns about the coronavirus to participate in Tuesday's primary election encountered long lines, extended waits and a new touch screen voting system that experienced widespread problems. So bad did the situation become that by mid-morning one lawmaker,... Read More

Report Suggests Native Americans Would Be Disenfranchised With All-By-Mail Vote
2020 Elections
Report Suggests Native Americans Would Be Disenfranchised With All-By-Mail Vote
2020-06-05 18:54:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A switch to all-by-mail voting ahead of the 2020 general election would disenfranchise Native Americans because it would be impossible for some of them to cast a ballot that way, the Native American Rights Fund says in a... Read More

DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest
Elections
DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest
2020-06-02 12:31:14
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest and a lingering coronavirus outbreak in the nation’s capital. For the past three nights, the District has been rocked by... Read More

‘There’s No Handbook for This’: Tuesday’s Election in Missouri to Test Voter Safety in Pandemic
State News
‘There’s No Handbook for This’: Tuesday’s Election in Missouri to Test Voter Safety in Pandemic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The day before he buried his wife, Orville Amos limped into the Kansas City Election Board’s office to vote absentee. For 25 years, the 75-year-old Navy veteran was first in line at his precinct’s polling place... Read More

Democrats Requested Pennsylvania Mail Ballots at Higher Rates Than Republicans in Every County
State News
Democrats Requested Pennsylvania Mail Ballots at Higher Rates Than Republicans in Every County

PHILADELPHIA — Elections officials expected a flood of requests for mail ballots this year. What they got requires Noah to build an ark. Nearly 18 times as many Pennsylvanians have requested mail ballots this year as in the 2016 primary,... Read More

Americans Losing Faith in Elections as Trump Discredits Voting Systems
Elections
Americans Losing Faith in Elections as Trump Discredits Voting Systems

WASHINGTON — The diatribes are as unnerving and unrelenting as they are untrue: An incumbent president warning that the nation’s voting systems are cauldrons for fraud and ripe for rigging, seemingly setting the groundwork to discredit the results should he... Read More

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