Online absentee ballot applications approved for Georgia voters
ATLANTA — Georgia voters will soon be able to go online to order an absentee ballot for the November presidential election, according to a rule the State Election Board approved Monday.The board voted unanimously to create the absentee ballot application website, which is planned to go live by the end of this month.The website will help voters participate in this year’s presidential election without having to visit a polling place during the coronavirus pandemic.Voting from home became popular in Georgia’s primary, when nearly half of voters cast absentee ballots. The trend continued in advanc...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: Trump's assault on Postal Service attacks much more than voting
When, in 1914, the designers of the New York General Post Office inscribed in stone the words that became the United States Postal Service’s motto — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” — they clearly didn’t envision the presidency of Donald Trump.For months, President Trump has been relentlessly attempting to delegitimize and discourage vote-by-mail — a critical tool for election participation in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that requires social distancing. Trump has been spreading unsupported con...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nasarawa by-election sees low turnout, late delivery of materials
Voting commenced late in most polling units in the Nasarawa Central State Constituency bye-election on Saturday due mainly to late delivery of election materials. This is in spite of assurances by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it was fully prepared for the election.By 11:30am most polling units were yet to receive sensitive and nonsensitive materials for the exercise.Even though there was low turnout of voters at most of the polling units visited, those who came out to participate in the exercise were seen waiting anxiously for INEC official as well as voting materi...
Judge rules against switch to hand-marked paper ballots in Georgia
ATLANTA — A federal judge Friday denied an effort to convert Georgia elections to paper ballots filled out by hand, declining to throw out the state’s new voting system after its first statewide test in this spring’s primaries.But U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg allowed the elections security lawsuit to move forward based on evidence of problems in the state’s June 9 primary, when some voters waited hours in lines caused by social distancing requirements, precinct closures, high turnout and difficulties operating election equipment.The ruling means voters will continue casting ballots on Geo...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Missouri candidate's bigoted views cost him the support of his family — but not voters
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Republican repeatedly denounced by his own party — and his own children — for espousing bigoted views will be back on the Missouri ballot in November.Steve West won the Missouri House District 15 primary race Tuesday night even after some family members campaigned against him. West edged out Adam Richardson by 61 votes — 1,342 to 1,281, according to the Secretary of State’s unofficial election results.West will face Democrat Maggie Nurrenbern of Kansas City in the Nov. 3 general election. The district covers Gladstone and a part of Kansas City, North.West, a ...
The Kansas City Star
Trump slams absentee voting and claims coronavirus 'will go away'
President Donald Trump slammed voting by mail as a “disaster” Wednesday just a day after urging his supporters to do just that in Florida.Hours after admitting that absentee voting and vote by mail are the same thing, the president claimed that only Florida’s Republican-run government can be trusted to run elections mostly by mail.“Absentee (voting) is OK because you have to go through a process,” Trump said in a rambling, hourlong morning appearance on his favorite morning show, “Fox & Friends.” “What we’re against is blanketing the state with ballots. Anyone who ever walked will get one.”Tru...
New York Daily News
LaTurner ousts incumbent Watkins in Kansas 2nd District after voter fraud charges
Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner defeated embattled Republican Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary Tuesday, three weeks after the freshman congressman was charged with voter fraud.LaTurner has 49% of the vote with more than 50% of precincts reporting in the Kansas 2nd Congressional District. Watkins has 31%, while former Kansas Secretary of Administration Dennis Taylor has 21% in the three-way GOP race.The Associated Press declared LaTurner’s GOP primary victory around 9:30 pm. He will go on to face Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, who easily won the Democratic nomination with 76 % of the vot...
The Kansas City Star
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Trump backs off mail voting attacks in Florida as Democrats build huge advantageMIAMI — After claiming inaccurately for weeks that mail voting is rife with fraud, President Donald Trump is now backing off his attacks on mail ballots in his home state.“Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.Trump’s tweet — in stark contrast to numerous others in recent weeks warning of a rigged election — comes as Republican mail ballot registration lags behind Democrats in Florida ahead of the November elect...
Tribune News Service
Biden says he would reverse Trump immigration policy in push to reach Florida Hispanics
MIAMI — Joe Biden would grant permanent legal status to Venezuelan exiles in the U.S. if he becomes president, end the federal government’s deputizing of local law enforcement on immigration matters, and, on his first day in office, file an immigration bill creating a “legal road map” for roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status, advisers to the presumptive Democratic nominee said Tuesday.Biden’s presidential campaign released staples of his plan for Latinos during a call with reporters, laying out the former vice president’s intent to reverse much of President Donald ...
Voter lawsuit aims to block mask mandate at Minnesota polling places
MINNEAPOLIS — A group of voters backed by Republican legislators sued Gov. Tim Walz and other state and local officials Tuesday in federal court, aiming to block a face mask requirement at polling places.Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance and GOP lawmakers contend Walz’s mask mandate, intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, conflicts with a longstanding state law making it a misdemeanor for someone to conceal their identity with a mask. The 1963 law grants exceptions, including masks that are part of medical treatment.“That’s a conflict and I don’t know what to do on primary d...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)