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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... Read More

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

Federal Judge Slams Postal Service and Orders Search for Mail Ballots in Texas Facilities

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge harshly criticized the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, saying the agency had failed to comply with his... Read More

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge harshly criticized the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, saying the agency had failed to comply with his order to sweep postal facilities for leftover mail-in ballots in battleground states where election officials continue to count votes. Judge Emmet... Read More

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Election advocacy groups are preparing for the possibility of voter intimidation at the polls Tuesday, although weeks of early... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

Supreme Court Turns Down GOP Bid to Limit Time for Mail Ballots in N.C., Pa.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal from North Carolina's Republican leaders, leaving in place rulings that require the counting of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal from North Carolina's Republican leaders, leaving in place rulings that require the counting of late-arriving ballots as long as they were in the mail by Election Day. The 5-3 decision had the effect of upholding... Read More

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... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court put the brakes on a lower court order that would have allowed curbside voting in... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Consider it another sign of an increasing partisan divide -- heading into the final week of the 2020... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

2020-10-14 17:43:11
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state’s online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable. The deadline to register to... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — With just weeks until Election Day, the Bipartisan Policy Center wanted to be sure that Americans had access... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider a bid by Arizona Republicans to overturn a lower... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win... Read More

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

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

The top elections officials of what will undoubtedly be two of the most closely watched states in the nation on... Read More

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

Trump Flips, Now Encourages Michigan Residents to Vote Absentee

DETROIT — In an about face on mail-in voting in Michigan, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to encourage... Read More

DETROIT — In an about face on mail-in voting in Michigan, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to encourage voters to request absentee ballots and vote early. Trump’s latest messaging on mail-in voting marks a mercurial swing from May,... Read More

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

2020-09-04 21:02:27
by Dan McCue
Look Who's Talking Now

WASHINGTON - Regardless of what happens between now and Tuesday, Nov. 3, the 2020 campaign for the White House will... Read More

WASHINGTON - Regardless of what happens between now and Tuesday, Nov. 3, the 2020 campaign for the White House will go down in history as a race like no other. Played out against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the... Read More

2020-09-04 15:48:54
by Dan McCue
Harvard's Belfer Center Releases Playbook to Address Nefarious Election Influence

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Election officials across the country have a new tool to help them recognize and respond to malicious... Read More

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Election officials across the country have a new tool to help them recognize and respond to malicious interference in the votes they oversee. Created by the Belfer Center at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, the new... Read More

Trump Encouraged NC Voters to Cast 2 Ballots; Here’s What He Got Wrong

RALEIGH, N.C. — President Donald Trump encouraged North Carolina voters Wednesday to mail in their ballots and then — if... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. — President Donald Trump encouraged North Carolina voters Wednesday to mail in their ballots and then — if their vote hasn’t been counted yet — go to the polls to vote, which is in violation of state election... Read More

2020-08-27 19:42:03
by Kate Michael
Advocates Still Fighting for Equality on 19th Amendment Centennial

WASHINGTON - Even as the White House was bedecked in gold and purple to commemorate the Centennial of the ratification... Read More

WASHINGTON - Even as the White House was bedecked in gold and purple to commemorate the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, activists and scholars continued to contemplate the ongoing fight for women’s equality. On August 26, designated... Read More

Florida Modeled a Smooth Mail Election. Yes, Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The votes were swiftly counted, winners were declared, and by about 10 o'clock that night most... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The votes were swiftly counted, winners were declared, and by about 10 o'clock that night most of the results of Tuesday's primary election — one with large numbers of mailed votes — were known in Florida.... Read More

A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Navy pilot Scott Franklin has ousted Rep. Ross Spano, making the Florida congressman dogged by... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Navy pilot Scott Franklin has ousted Rep. Ross Spano, making the Florida congressman dogged by ethics investigations the eighth incumbent House member to be defeated in party primaries this year. Tuesday's contests were shaped by... Read More

2020-08-19 17:15:33
by Dan McCue
Whitmer Latest to Join Governors Coalition on Election Security

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday became the latest Democratic governor to formally pledge to uphold the integrity of the... Read More

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday became the latest Democratic governor to formally pledge to uphold the integrity of the November general election. The informal coalition stemmed from concerns over changes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has imposed on the agency's... Read More

Democratic Convention Features Pleas for Unity, Attacks on Trump

MILWAUKEE — Democrats opened their four-day national convention Monday with relentless attacks on President Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus... Read More

MILWAUKEE — Democrats opened their four-day national convention Monday with relentless attacks on President Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis and stoking of racial divisions, enlisting Republican defectors, Democratic rivals and ordinary Americans to broaden support for Joe Biden’s... Read More

Can Trump Win Without Winning the Most Votes? Yes. Pennsylvania Shows How

PHILADELPHIA — Few people think President Donald Trump will win the most votes in the 2020 election. But he could... Read More

PHILADELPHIA — Few people think President Donald Trump will win the most votes in the 2020 election. But he could still become the first president to serve two terms without ever winning a majority of the country’s support. And Pennsylvania... Read More

2020-08-18 22:43:18
by Reece Nations
Michelle Obama, Democratic Leaders Lay Out Vision for Racial Justice at DNC

In a three-part series entitled “We the People Demand Racial Justice” during the first night of the Democratic National Convention... Read More

In a three-part series entitled “We the People Demand Racial Justice” during the first night of the Democratic National Convention Monday, party leaders teamed with activists to address nationwide racial inequity. The discussion outlined former Vice President Joe Biden’s plan... Read More

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