Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
Congress
Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
2021-05-12 20:33:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to amend a bill before sending it off to a final vote that would set national standards for elections. It made little headway in reaching agreement in a sharply divided Senate Rules and... Read More

Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
Political News
Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
2021-04-18 11:57:52
by Dan McCue

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation designed to curtail voting rights. The letter, which appeared under the headline “We Stand for Democracy,” appeared as a double-page,... Read More

Election Reform Facing Republican Impasse in Polarized Senate
In The News
Election Reform Facing Republican Impasse in Polarized Senate
2021-03-29 18:12:58
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans have painted their Democratic colleagues’ push for election reform legislation as a devastating grab for power ahead of its consideration for passage in the Senate.  The bill, entitled the “For the People Act of 2021,” seeks... Read More

Democratic Voting Bill Would Make Biggest Changes in Decades
Elections
Democratic Voting Bill Would Make Biggest Changes in Decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at... Read More

All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill
In The States
All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill
2021-02-26 19:02:22
by TWN Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents of Iowa will have to wait until next week to learn if dramatic changes are going to be made to how they participate in future elections.  Earlier this week, both houses of the State Legislature... Read More

Election Commission Plans for More Secure Votes and Elections
Elections
Election Commission Plans for More Secure Votes and Elections
2021-02-17 17:12:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A federal election official described the 2020 vote as one of the most difficult in American history during a congressional hearing Monday. The COVID-19 pandemic, reports of attempted foreign cyberattacks and allegations of fraud by President Donald Trump... Read More

Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September
Redistricting
Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September
2021-02-12 21:03:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the once-every-10-year process of redistricting is off to a slow start.  Though the U.S. Census Bureau ended its collection of data for the 2020 census on Oct. 15, 2020, it missed the December statutory... Read More

Intervention to Encourage Voting by Mail Worked, Researchers Say
2020 Elections
Intervention to Encourage Voting by Mail Worked, Researchers Say
2021-01-19 20:24:56
by Dan McCue

Pennsylvania voters who received a postcard encouraging them to vote by mail in the state's June 2 primary were more likely to request a ballot and successfully cast it than voters who did not receive the reminder, a University of... Read More

Black Leaders Cheer Georgia Success, Push for More Progress
State News
Black Leaders Cheer Georgia Success, Push for More Progress

What started as a day of celebration for Black organizers, voters and other Georgians who helped deliver two historic Senate runoff victories was overshadowed Wednesday when a violent, mostly white mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.... Read More

Trump, on Tape, Presses Ga. Official to 'Find' Him Votes
State News
Trump, on Tape, Presses Ga. Official to 'Find' Him Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's Republican secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state's presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims of fraud and raising the prospect of a “criminal offense"... Read More

Election Officials Under the Microscope in 2020 Elections
Think Tanks
Election Officials Under the Microscope in 2020 Elections
2020-12-16 17:03:09
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Elections, in general, can be administratively challenging events, but the 2020 presidential election was a particularly fraught experience that had chief election officials under the microscope like never before. As part of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 2020 Voting... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Kansas Effort to Revive Voter Registration Law
Voting
Supreme Court Rejects Kansas Effort to Revive Voter Registration Law
2020-12-15 16:19:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Kansas that sought to revive a law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared the law unconstitutional in April, prompting... Read More

Ossoff Hammers Gingrich, Republicans Oppose Braves Name Change
State News
Ossoff Hammers Gingrich, Republicans Oppose Braves Name Change

ATLANTA — The first day of in-person early voting for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoffs started Monday, and with it came the final, frenzied effort by all four Senate campaigns to get their supporters to the polls. Jon Ossoff continued... Read More

Barr Allows Probes Into Voting Outcome Despite Lack of Evidence
Justice
Barr Allows Probes Into Voting Outcome Despite Lack of Evidence

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr authorized Justice Department officials to open inquiries into potential irregularities in the presidential election, while acknowledging there's no conclusive evidence. Barr issued a memo on Monday evening authorizing U.S. attorneys across the country, as well as his top lieutenants, "to pursue... Read More

Huge Voter Turnout Expected Despite Virus, Political Rancor
Voting
Huge Voter Turnout Expected Despite Virus, Political Rancor

The scourge of a global pandemic produced an election season like no other in the U.S., persuading record numbers of Americans to cast their ballots early, forcing states to make changes to long-established election procedures and leading to hundreds of... Read More

Voter Intimidation Complaints Grow on Eve of Election Day
2020 Elections
Voter Intimidation Complaints Grow on Eve of Election Day

WASHINGTON — Election advocacy groups are preparing for the possibility of voter intimidation at the polls Tuesday, although weeks of early voting remained mostly peaceful despite the country's unsettled mood in a year with simmering partisan and sometimes violent conflicts on... Read More

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

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