1,000 people double-voted in Georgia primary, secretary of state says
ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Tuesday that about 1,000 Georgians face investigation for voting twice in the state’s June 9 primary, a large-scale allegation of fraud eight weeks before Election Day.These voters returned absentee ballots and then also showed up at polling places on Election Day, Raffensperger said. Double-voting is a felony in Georgia.“A double-voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law,” Raffensperger said during a press conference at the state Capitol. “Those that make the choice ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: How can you prevent a November election fiasco? Here are some ideas
The Florida primaries are over and we can now look ahead to the November general election.It’s not a pretty sight.Predictions abound that we’re headed for a fiasco. Much of it is based on the surge of mail-in voting prompted by coronavirus.Millions of people plan to avoid voting at a polling station. The U.S. Postal Service has warned it might not be able to process their ballots under the deadlines set up in 46 states, including Florida.With both political parties lawyering up, that could be a breeding ground for charges of fraud, voter suppression and conspiracy theories as election official...
BSO Sheriff Gregory Tony declares victory over Scott Israel in Democratic Party showdown
MIAMI — Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony, a little known security consultant and former cop who was appointed to the prestigious job in the wake of Florida’s worst mass high school shooting, held off a crowded field — including his predecessor, Scott Israel — to win Tuesday’s Democratic primary.In a statement released by his campaign, Tony said voters chose him, in part, because he embraced police reform measures. At 10:30 p.m., Tony was ahead of Israel by more than 4,000 votes with all but one of the county’s 577 precincts reporting, according to the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office....
Donald Trump, a critic of mail voting, is getting a mail ballot for next week's Florida primary — but isn't voting by mail
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump, a constant and outspoken critic of voting by mail, is using a mail ballot for Tuesday’s Florida primary.But he’s not actually voting by mail.Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who have made the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach their official residence, are using a procedure outlined in Florida law that allows someone to pick up a ballot on behalf of someone else.A representative of the president brought signed affidavits from both Trumps to the Palm Beach County elections office on Wednesday, said Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link, respond...
Rep. Ilhan Omar wins contentious primary in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar won a five-way Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary Tuesday in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, topping her nearest contender by double digits after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Central time.Her leading challenger, Democratic newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux, trailed significantly with more than 90% of the vote counted. He conceded at his Minneapolis campaign headquarters shortly after 9 p.m.The much-anticipated contest in the district was seen as a test to Omar’s first term in Congress, where she rose to prominence as a member of “The Squad” and a frequent...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Puerto Rico's Supreme Court agrees to hear lawsuits on suspended election
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Amid an unprecedented electoral debacle, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico said Monday it will evaluate claims filed by two candidates from opposing political parties who are calling for all the votes cast at Sunday’s suspended primary election to be counted immediately.The parties involved have until 2 p.m. Tuesday to file their positions to the island’s high court.The joint lawsuits from the two gubernatorial candidates seek to challenge an emergency order from the elections commission of Puerto Rico (Comisión Estatal de Elecciones, in Spanish) to keep ballot boxes sea...
Former Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio loses primary in failed comeback attempt
Joe Arpaio, the former Phoenix sheriff who rose to prominence for his harsh immigration policies, lost another election Friday, The Associated Press reported.Arpaio, 88, lost the Republican primary for Maricopa County Sheriff, a position he held for 24 years until his 2016 defeat at the hands of current officeholder Paul Penzone, a Democrat.In between his two sheriff defeats, Arpaio finished third in the Republican primary for one of Arizona’s U.S. Senate seats in 2018.Arpaio was also defeated by the law itself in 2017 and expected to serve prison time for violating court orders that had requi...
New York Daily News
Cori Bush defeats longtime Rep. Lacy Clay in Mo. Democratic primary
ST. LOUIS — Activist Cori Bush on Tuesday unseated longtime U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, ending his 20-year hold on Missouri’s 1st Congressional District and becoming the first Black woman to represent Missouri in the nation’s capital.Clay narrowly beat Bush in St. Louis County, but Bush won decisively in St. Louis city.Bush, 44, of Florissant, first challenged Clay in 2018. This year’s primary rematch drew national attention as the latest battleground between establishment Democrats and progressive challengers vying to pull the party left.In a victory speech late Tuesday, Bush said Black live...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michigan's makeup in Congress hangs in balance as vote counts drag on
DETROIT — Peter Meijer, the grandson of the founder of the Meijer supermarket chain, appeared headed toward victory in a West Michigan Republican congressional race, while other U.S. House primaries late Tuesday hung in the balance.The eventual winners in key Democratic and GOP primaries will help determine the makeup of Michigan’s congressional delegation. Among the House contests in which voters waited to learn the results were a primary challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit and fights for GOP nominations in two open seats.Returns were delayed in part by the time-consumi...
The Detroit News
NY Board of Elections appeals judge's decision to count absentee ballots without postmarks
NEW YORK — At least one hotly contested New York primary election is still up in the air thanks to a federal court ruling this week that readmitted thousands of mail-in ballots thrown out because of missing postmarks.The Monday night ruling from Manhattan Federal Court Judge Analisa Torres mandated that any ballots cast in the June 23 primaries that were invalidated because of missing postmarks must be counted as long as they were received by June 25. Torres also ruled she will consider requests for the readmission of mail-in ballots without postmarks received between June 26 and June 30 if ca...
New York Daily News