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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

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

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest... Read More

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

Trump Targets California in Latest Attack on Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using... Read More

WASHINGTON — Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using mail-in ballots, a scorched-earth campaign that could undermine confidence in the democratic process as the novel coronavirus threatens to make... Read More

2020-05-26 14:34:21
by Tom Ramstack
Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting

A group of Virginia voters is suing their state over a plan for wider use of absentee ballots during the... Read More

A group of Virginia voters is suing their state over a plan for wider use of absentee ballots during the primary election next month as coronavirus restrictions continue. Their lawsuit is one of more than a dozen pending nationwide that... Read More

Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal... Read More

2020-05-15 20:04:59
by Dan McCue
Companies Band Together to Turn Out the Vote in the COVID-19 Age

WASHINGTON -- Readers of The Wall Street Journal saw an unusual, but timely advertisement in its pages this week --... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Readers of The Wall Street Journal saw an unusual, but timely advertisement in its pages this week -- an open letter urging them to encourage their employees to seek absentee ballots or vote early in person to avoid... Read More

2020-05-15 19:55:04
by Kate Michael
Congress Members Call for Safe Voting for Veterans During the Pandemic

WASHINGTON - At a time when experts instruct at-risk persons to avoid large crowds and to social distance to protect... Read More

WASHINGTON - At a time when experts instruct at-risk persons to avoid large crowds and to social distance to protect their health, the United States’ electoral process is getting more attention than ever.  Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., Senator Tammy Duckworth,... Read More

2020-05-05 15:01:43
by Gaspard Le Dem
Advocates Sue North Carolina In Push To Relax Vote-By-Mail Rules

A group of North Carolina voters backed by a Democratic non-profit group is suing the state in an effort to... Read More

A group of North Carolina voters backed by a Democratic non-profit group is suing the state in an effort to ease restrictions around mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed by Democracy Docket, a non-profit founded by Marc... Read More

2020-04-23 14:59:40
by Dan McCue
Lawsuit in Arkansas Seeks Order Allowing Safe Signature Collection During Pandemic

A federal lawsuit filed in Arkansas on Wednesday claims the state's election laws make it virtually impossible to collect the... Read More

A federal lawsuit filed in Arkansas on Wednesday claims the state's election laws make it virtually impossible to collect the requisite signatures for placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot. At issue in the lawsuit, which was filed in the... Read More

2020-04-17 14:25:42
by Kate Michael
Kasich, McAuliffe on COVID-19’s Impacts on Campaigns, Elections, and Voter Security

WASHINGTON — Despite continued uncertainty over how the Coronavirus pandemic will end, its economic impact will surely cast a shadow... Read More

WASHINGTON — Despite continued uncertainty over how the Coronavirus pandemic will end, its economic impact will surely cast a shadow over the November election, according to a pair of former governors. Govs. John Kasich, a Republican of Ohio, and Terry... Read More

Texas Voters Who Fear Catching COVID-19 Can Vote by Mail, State Judge Rules

AUSTIN, Texas — A state judge said Wednesday afternoon that all voters in Texas afraid to contract COVID-19 through in-person... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — A state judge said Wednesday afternoon that all voters in Texas afraid to contract COVID-19 through in-person voting should be allowed to vote by mail during the pandemic. State District Judge Tim Sulak of the 353rd District... Read More

2020-04-14 13:14:49
by Dan McCue
Virginia Repeals Voter ID Law, Makes Election Day a State Holiday

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a series of bills this past weekend that dramatically expand voting rights in the state,... Read More

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a series of bills this past weekend that dramatically expand voting rights in the state, by eliminating its voter ID requirement, increasing access to early voting and making Election Day a state holiday. “Voting is... Read More

2020-04-13 19:32:02
by Kate Michael
States Discuss Smart Solutions for Elections Amid Ongoing Pandemic

Coronavirus is testing election systems like never before. Voting has traditionally been a private, yet social affair, with citizens turning... Read More

Coronavirus is testing election systems like never before. Voting has traditionally been a private, yet social affair, with citizens turning out to public polling places to make their voices heard and show the receipt of their civic duty with the... Read More

2020-04-07 15:26:10
by Dan McCue
Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay

Wisconsin’s presidential preference and other primaries will proceed as scheduled Tuesday after the state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’... Read More

Wisconsin’s presidential preference and other primaries will proceed as scheduled Tuesday after the state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ last-minute attempt to delay in-person voting by executive order. The state’s highest court, voting 4-2, agreed with Republican legislators who... Read More

2020-04-03 13:34:35
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting

A federal judge on Thursday refused to push back the date of Wisconsin's April 7 presidential primary despite concerns about... Read More

A federal judge on Thursday refused to push back the date of Wisconsin's April 7 presidential primary despite concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. U.S. District Judge William Conley's ruling came after listening to arguments Wednesday over whether the primary... Read More

2020-03-30 16:51:38
by Dan McCue
New York Postpones Primary, Risking Loss of Delegates

New York is postponing its April 28 presidential primary until June 23, a late date that places it at risk... Read More

New York is postponing its April 28 presidential primary until June 23, a late date that places it at risk of forfeiting some of its delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. The reason for the delay, which was... Read More

2020-03-27 21:41:50
by Dan McCue
Rhode Island Secretary of State Sees Opportunity in Primary Delay to June 2

Less than a week after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo approved a board of elections request to move the state's... Read More

Less than a week after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo approved a board of elections request to move the state's presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, a plan to have a mostly mail-in election in the wake of... Read More

2020-03-25 19:23:28
by Dan McCue
Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island -... Read More

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island - and one territory - Puerto Rico - have postponed their presidential primary elections due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, three... Read More

2020-03-20 12:58:49
by Dan McCue
Wisconsin Republicans Oppose Voting Changes Sought Due to Virus Outbreak

The leaders of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature told a federal judge Thursday they are opposed to a request by Democrats to... Read More

The leaders of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature told a federal judge Thursday they are opposed to a request by Democrats to amend absentee and online primary rules in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The state Democratic Party and the Democratic... Read More

2020-03-19 14:51:33
by Dan McCue
Dems Sue Wisconsin to Expand Voting Access in Wake of Pandemic

WASHINGTON - The Democratic Party sued the state of Wisconsin Wednesday in a bid to expand access to voting in... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Democratic Party sued the state of Wisconsin Wednesday in a bid to expand access to voting in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The filing of the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District... Read More

2020-03-13 17:57:06
by Dan McCue
Louisiana Postpones Democratic Primary Due to Coronavirus

Louisiana is postponing its presidential primaries, originally set for April 4, becoming the first state to take the step as... Read More

Louisiana is postponing its presidential primaries, originally set for April 4, becoming the first state to take the step as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Louisiana will now hold its presidential primaries on... Read More

2020-03-13 14:52:33
by Dan McCue
Democrats Would Do Well to Acknowledge Differences in Blue Wall Counties in 2020

WASHINGTON - Blue Wall counties that flipped to Trump in 2016 were smaller, had a less skilled workforce, and had... Read More

WASHINGTON - Blue Wall counties that flipped to Trump in 2016 were smaller, had a less skilled workforce, and had fewer businesses than their safe blue neighbors, but most importantly, they were all predisposed to struggle in the face of... Read More

How Los Angeles’ Election Innovation Fell Short

LOS ANGELES — Local election officials spent one decade and $300 million to design an innovative voting system that many... Read More

LOS ANGELES — Local election officials spent one decade and $300 million to design an innovative voting system that many experts thought was the future of elections. But at vote centers throughout the sprawling city on Super Tuesday, some Angelenos... Read More

2020-03-09 12:03:54
by Dan McCue
Georgia to Modify Absentee Ballot Procedures to Settle Lawsuit

To settle a federal lawsuit, Georgia election officials have agreed to quickly notify voters that their absentee ballots have been... Read More

To settle a federal lawsuit, Georgia election officials have agreed to quickly notify voters that their absentee ballots have been rejected, allowing them time to correct mistakes and other issues, and have their ballots counted. The settlement was announced on... Read More

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