Voters in Atlanta face long lines; state investigates issues in Fulton County
ATLANTA — Voters across metropolitan Atlanta endured long lines and waited hours in heat and downpours to cast their ballots Friday.Officials with Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb counties said a mix of social distancing measures and the fact that it was the last day of early voting before Tuesday’s primary led to unusually long lines.This is yet another challenge during an already bumpy election season. New elections equipment is in play. COVID-19 led to fewer polling places and poll workers.Counties also opened fewer early voting precincts assuming voters would cast absentee ballots after Secretary o...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trump's attacks on mail-in voting worry some election officials
WASHINGTON —There is growing concern among election officials and experts that the increasingly partisan debate around voting by mail could sow doubt in the results of the presidential election.For months, President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest opponents to vote by mail, which experts agree is a safe alternative to in-person voting during the novel coronavirus outbreak. There is little evidence it leads to voter fraud or benefits one party over another.“Mail-in ballots are a very dangerous thing,” Trump told reporters last month, despite evidence to the contrary. “They’re subject t...
US Supreme Court asked to rule on Kobach's signature Kansas voter registration law
TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a state law championed by former secretary of state Kris Kobach — struck down by lower courts — that requires residents to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.The request, announced Tuesday morning by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, sets up a potentially historic showdown over voting rights if the court takes the case, with the justices possibly deciding how far states can go in imposing requirements on would-be voters.The case could hang over an election season in which the pandemic has elevated concerns over...
The Kansas City Star
'There's no handbook for this': Tuesday's election in Missouri to test voter safety in pandemic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The day before he buried his wife, Orville Amos limped into the Kansas City Election Board’s office to vote absentee.For 25 years, the 75-year-old Navy veteran was first in line at his precinct’s polling place to cast his ballot in person. That would earn him a sticker he could show off in the election authority offices, where his wife had worked for 23 years.The excitement Amos once felt about voting is gone now, eclipsed by grief over the death of his wife from lung cancer on March 25. And fear of the novel coronavirus.“You know we are in that age group where we are the ta...
The Kansas City Star
Trump Calls Mail-In Voting ‘Horrible’ & ‘Corrupt’ Before Admitting He Voted By Mail In Florida
President Donald Trump criticized the practice of mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, but admitted he voted by mail in Florida’s primary last month.Despite noting he had voted by mail, Trump called the practice “horrible” and “corrupt” during the coronavirus task force news briefing Tuesday.He said that “there’s a big difference between somebody that’s out of state and does a ballot, and everything’s sealed, certified and everything else.” For cases of mail-in voting within the state, “you get thousands and thousands of people sitting in somebody’s living room, signing ballots all ov...
Want to know who won the presidential race on election night? Get ready to wait
PHILADELPHIA — It’s a familiar election night routine: Polls close, and everyone wants to know who won — immediately. Every minute matters for Americans anxiously awaiting the results. News organizations race to meet the demand by using complex statistical models to “call” the winner long before all the votes are counted.But get comfortable waiting: Instant electoral gratification is about to become a thing of the past.A new Pennsylvania law that allows any voter to cast a ballot by mail, along with a surge in requests for mail-in ballots driven by fears of voting in person during the coronavi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Alpha mail: This fall, postal carriers are democracy's best friend
Checking on nonexistent voter fraud isn’t anyone’s responsibility, but President Donald Trump, incensed that states are wisely increasing the use of mailed ballots to preserve the franchise and curb against coronavirus spread, wants the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget to get on the case.Wednesday morning on Twitter, he exploded with rage over state expansions of vote by mail, urging the agencies to hold up federal virus aid to Nevada and Michigan. That’s dangerous and tyrannical. It’s also preposterous; the funds voted by Congress and signed by him will go ou...
New York Daily News
Trump threatens to freeze aid for Michigan, Nevada over baseless 'voter fraud' charge
President Donald Trump took a page from his Ukraine scandal playbook Wednesday and threatened to withhold federal aid for Michigan and Nevada if the states allow residents to vote by mail in November’s general election.Trump, who was impeached last year for holding up $391 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine while pressuring the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, insisted in a couple of fact-challenged tweets that the Democratic-led states would break the law if they let all residents vote via absentee mail-in ballots.“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots t...
New York Daily News
Trump threatens to stop funding for Michigan if absentee ballot forms sent to voters
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened funding for Michigan amid a global health pandemic if state officials move ahead with plans to send absentee ballot applications to every state voter.Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday morning said, in a story first reported in the Detroit Free Press, she and local clerks will send absentee ballot applications to all of the state’s 7.7 million voters so they can, if they choose to do so, take part in the Aug. 4 and Nov. 3 elections without going to polling places.Doing so, she said, would allow voters to avoid the p...
Detroit Free Press
Trump threatens to stop funding for Michigan if absentee ballots sent to all voters
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning appeared to threaten funding for Michigan amid a global health pandemic if state officials move ahead with plans to send absentee ballot applications to every state voter.It was far from clear, however, if the president understood what he was talking about.Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday morning said, in a story first reported in the Free Press, that she and local clerks will send absentee ballot applications to all of the state’s 7.7 million voters so they can, if they choose to do so, take part in the Aug. 4 and N...
Detroit Free Press