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DOJ, FBI Addressing Threats of Violence Against Election Officials
Elections
DOJ, FBI Addressing Threats of Violence Against Election Officials
2021-09-21 19:25:05
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation alongside the Department of Justice is reaching out to election supervisors around the country following months of abuse and threats of violence long after the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.... Read More

In The States
After Voters Embraced Mail Ballots, GOP States Tighten Rules

A monthslong campaign by the Republican Party, fueled in part by the false narrative of widespread fraud in last year's presidential election, has led to a wave of new voting laws that will tighten access to the ballot for millions... Read More

Elections
Secretaries of State Seek to Put Post-Election ‘Fraudits’ to Rest
2021-08-20 20:00:56
by Dan McCue

They were the strange spectacle after the big show. In the weeks and months following the 2020 election, dedicated conspiracy theorists and “Stop the Steal” activists descended on Arizona to “audit” the state’s presidential election results.  Critics of the effort... Read More

Political News
Dems Renew Push on Elections Bill That GOP Vows to Block

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their push to enact their marquee voting bill, pledging to make it the first order of business when the Senate returns in the fall even though they don't have a clear strategy for overcoming... Read More

Congress
Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
2021-07-29 14:39:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Reciting Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis from memory, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., philosophized about fair weather patriots in America today during a discussion with Axios. Claiming that some people only “love the country when everything is going... Read More

Elections
DOJ Issues ‘Guidance’ Docs for States on Federal Election Laws
2021-07-28 19:06:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department released two guidance documents Wednesday intended to ensure states fully comply with federal election laws, specifically those statutes pertaining to methods of voting and constraints on post-election audits. “The right of all eligible citizens to... Read More

In The States
The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny.  After bolting  the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill... Read More

U.S. Senate
Voting Bill Showdown Looms as GOP Rejects Manchin Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election law, setting up a dramatic test of Democratic unity on a top priority that Republicans are vowing to block. Democrats... Read More

Think Tanks
Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
2021-06-14 15:36:26
by Reece Nations

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical roles in key races, among other findings. The report — conducted jointly by The Collective PAC, The Third Way and... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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