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‘Every Day Was Nonstop Calls’: How a Blue State Republican Became the Face of Mail Voting

Kim Wyman’s phone started ringing at the end of February. As the rapid spread of the coronavirus made it clear... Read More

Kim Wyman’s phone started ringing at the end of February. As the rapid spread of the coronavirus made it clear that the 2020 election cycle would have to accommodate social distancing, reporters and election officials across the country started reaching... Read More

2020-08-04 20:16:09
by Reece Nations
District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining to vote-by-mail restrictions in Minnesota. The civil suit, filed by a group of individual voter-plaintiffs and the Minnesota Alliance for... Read More

2020-08-04 19:49:15
by Dan McCue
Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns

WASHINGTON - Roughly half of voters in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania have health concerns due to the... Read More

WASHINGTON - Roughly half of voters in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania have health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and would prefer to vote by mail in the November election, according to a new poll. The... Read More

2020-08-03 15:37:10
by Reece Nations
New Report Claims Presidential Election Legitimacy in Jeopardy

A new report from a political reform nonprofit has outlined major risks to the nation’s democratic election process.  MapLight, a... Read More

A new report from a political reform nonprofit has outlined major risks to the nation’s democratic election process.  MapLight, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, examined the most significant risks to the 2020 presidential election in the report. Some of the issues... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - New polling data shows that while younger U.S. voters are increasingly interested in voting by mail, many aren’t... Read More

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

Despite Virus Threat, Black Voters Wary of Voting By Mail

DETROIT (AP) — Despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen, Victor Gibson said he's not planning to take advantage... Read More

DETROIT (AP) — Despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen, Victor Gibson said he's not planning to take advantage of Michigan’s expanded vote-by-mail system when he casts his ballot in November. The retired teacher from Detroit just isn't sure... Read More

Cost, Hassle of Stamps Questioned as Mail-In Voting Surges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even if it weren't for her disability and fear of catching COVID-19, Delinda Bryant said getting... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even if it weren't for her disability and fear of catching COVID-19, Delinda Bryant said getting the necessary postage to cast a ballot this year will be a struggle. Bryant, 63, doesn't have $10 for a... Read More

2020-07-25 19:08:59
by Dan McCue
China, Russia and Iran Top Election Security Threats, Counterintelligence Chief Says

WASHINGTON - China, Russia and Iran are continuing to try to disrupt political campaigns and the 2020 general election, posing... Read More

WASHINGTON - China, Russia and Iran are continuing to try to disrupt political campaigns and the 2020 general election, posing "a direct threat to the fabric of our Democracy," the nation's top counterintelligence official said Friday. William Evanina, director of... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - More than 100 U.S. companies, including Microsoft, Estee Lauder and Target have committed to engage in nonpartisan efforts... Read More

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

Presidential Elections Usually Inspire a Big Jump in Voter Registration. Not in Pa., This Year

PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when the election was supposed to be the big story of 2020. With all... Read More

PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when the election was supposed to be the big story of 2020. With all that attention and energy, voter registration numbers would go through the roof. Parties, campaigns and advocacy groups planned to knock... Read More

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... Read More

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

As Voting Rolls Plunge Amid Pandemic, A Move to Reinvent the Registration Drive Begins

WASHINGTON — While some progressives are bullish about the outlook for the November election, Tatenda Musapatike surveys the political landscape... Read More

WASHINGTON — While some progressives are bullish about the outlook for the November election, Tatenda Musapatike surveys the political landscape and sees masses of unregistered voters who were supposed to be on the rolls by now, but for the pandemic.... Read More

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... Read More

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

Vote by Mail Has a Long History in Florida, but in 2020 It’s a Coronavirus Salvation and Battleground

Voting by mail, a centerpiece of elections in Florida for almost 20 years, is being hailed in 2020 as a... Read More

Voting by mail, a centerpiece of elections in Florida for almost 20 years, is being hailed in 2020 as a life-saving necessity amid the coronavirus pandemic and attacked by President Donald Trump and his supporters as “fraud.” Elections supervisors can... Read More

1 Ad, 3 Accents: How Democrats Aim to Win Latino Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump — “los cuentos no pagan las cuentas,” a play on words that roughly means “telling stories won't pay the bills.”... Read More

Alabama Asks Supreme Court to Review COVID-19 Election Ruling

WASHINGTON — Alabama officials asked the Supreme Court to step into the debate over how to conduct election laws in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Alabama officials asked the Supreme Court to step into the debate over how to conduct election laws in the midst of a national health crisis, in a legal dispute over absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s... Read More

2020-06-26 19:59:02
by Dan McCue
FEC Quorum Proves Short-Lived, As GOP Commissioner Resigns

WASHINGTON - Barely a month after regaining its ability to take major enforcement actions, the Federal Elections Commission is once... Read More

WASHINGTON - Barely a month after regaining its ability to take major enforcement actions, the Federal Elections Commission is once again losing its quorum. On Friday, longtime Republican commissioner Caroline Hunter submitted her letter of resignation to President Donald Trump,... Read More

2020-06-24 19:08:15
by Dan McCue
Georgia Legislators Advance Bill That Would Curb Mail Ballot Requests

A Georgia House committee Wednesday gave its blessing to a bill that would prevent election officials from acting on their... Read More

A Georgia House committee Wednesday gave its blessing to a bill that would prevent election officials from acting on their own to send mail ballot request forms to voters ahead of any election. If the bill clears both Republican controlled... Read More

Trump Claims Mail Voting Leads to Cheating: A Guide to Facts And The Fight Over Absentee Ballots

President Donald Trump escalated his unsubstantiated attacks on mail voting Monday, claiming with no evidence that expanding the practice would... Read More

President Donald Trump escalated his unsubstantiated attacks on mail voting Monday, claiming with no evidence that expanding the practice would lead to foreign governments printing counterfeit ballots and cause the “election disaster of our times.” “Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020... Read More

Election Chaos Renews Focus on Gutted Voting Rights Act

ATLANTA (AP) — When some Georgia voters endured a pandemic, pouring rain and massive waits earlier this month to cast... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — When some Georgia voters endured a pandemic, pouring rain and massive waits earlier this month to cast their ballot, President Donald Trump and other Republicans blamed local Democrats for presiding over chaos. “Make no mistake, the reduction... Read More

2020-06-17 15:40:02
by Gaspard Le Dem
Ohio To Send Absentee Ballot Requests To All Registered Voters

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Monday that absentee ballot requests will be mailed to the state’s 7.8... Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Monday that absentee ballot requests will be mailed to the state’s 7.8 million registered voters ahead of the November election. “For nearly a decade, Ohioans have received an absentee ballot request ahead... Read More

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

Residents of Puerto Rico will be casting a telling vote this November -- one that could decide whether the island... Read More

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

2020-06-11 19:14:35
by Gaspard Le Dem
After Primaries Debacle, Georgia Democrats Gearing Up For Best Election ‘In Many Generations’

WASHINGTON - Election season got off to a rocky start in Georgia on Tuesday with voters across the state facing... Read More

WASHINGTON - Election season got off to a rocky start in Georgia on Tuesday with voters across the state facing long lines and technical glitches with new ballot machines during the primaries, which had been delayed twice due to the... Read More

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

Georgians who overcame concerns about the coronavirus to participate in Tuesday's primary election encountered long lines, extended waits and a... Read More

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

Democrats Look to Counter GOP Vote-By-Mail Fraud Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in voting, which President Donald Trump has said, without offering proof, will lead to election fraud.... Read More

2020-06-05 19:08:49
by Dan McCue
Judge Orders Tennessee to Provide All Voters Absentee Ballots Amid Pandemic

The state of Tennessee must provide all 4.1 million of its registered voters with the option of casting ballots by... Read More

The state of Tennessee must provide all 4.1 million of its registered voters with the option of casting ballots by mail during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a state court judge ruled on Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle held... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - A switch to all-by-mail voting ahead of the 2020 general election would disenfranchise Native Americans because it would... Read More

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

2020-06-05 14:48:59
by Dan McCue
Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas

A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Thursday that Texans cannot request mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections out... Read More

A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Thursday that Texans cannot request mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections out of fear that they might contract the coronavirus if they vote in person. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... Read More

2020-06-04 12:49:24
by Tom Ramstack
Party Divisions Evident in Congress Over Expanded Use of Absentee Ballots

WASHINGTON - A congressional subcommittee on Wednesday threw itself into the growing controversy over absentee voting as a safeguard against... Read More

WASHINGTON - A congressional subcommittee on Wednesday threw itself into the growing controversy over absentee voting as a safeguard against coronavirus. Democrats and Republicans agreed voters should not need to risk their lives at polling places by exposing themselves to... Read More

2020-06-02 19:11:37
by Dan McCue
Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Slashing 129K from Voting Rolls

The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case that could remove about 129,000 people from the state's voter... Read More

The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case that could remove about 129,000 people from the state's voter rolls ahead of the November election.  This is the second time the state's highest court considered hearing the case, having... Read More

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