Pennsylvania's nightmare 2020 voting scenario — and how to prevent it
PHILADELPHIA — It’s Nov. 3, 2020. It’s been a long Election Day in Pennsylvania, with new voting machines causing confusion at some polling places, and the closure of others for public health reasons leading to long lines at locations still open. Meanwhile, a huge surge of mail ballots driven partly by coronavirus fears of voting in person means it’s going to take days to count them all and determine who won.But President Donald Trump is already declaring victory.Early, unofficial results make it look like he has won the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania in a landslide. But the elect...
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Trump campaign sues Pennsylvania over mail ballot drop boxes
PHILADELPHIA — The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania state and county elections officials Monday, saying mail ballot drop boxes are unconstitutional the way they were used in the June 2 primary election and asking a federal court to bar them from use in November.“Defendants have sacrificed the sanctity of in-person voting at the altar of un-monitored mail-in voting and have exponentially enhanced the threat that fraudulent or otherwise ineligible ballots will be cast and counted in the upcoming general election,” says the suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District...
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As states expand mail-in voting amid COVID, Texas leaders continue their fight against it
FORT WORTH, Texas — The local election news of the last few weeks reminds Lisa Morris of her mom.Gloria Meeks, who lived in the Rolling Hills neighborhood of south Fort Worth, was an entrepreneur with a seemingly endless supply of energy. She operated her own catering company yet found time to cook fiesta dip and Texas King Ranch casserole for her kids and grandkids. She regularly joined a pilot friend on leisurely plane rides in the skies of North Texas and took two cruises almost every year.On top of all that, she was devoted to ensuring the Black community exercised its right to vote. Meeks...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Voting by snail mail makes for a sluggish electoral system | Mulshine
Here we are in the midst of what is by far the greatest boom in the growth of information technology in human history.So why is it again that we want to switch to a system of voting by that antiquated system often derided as “snail mail?”That technology dates back to 1776, when Ben Franklin was postmaster general and John Hancock was signing the Declaration of Independence.Mail-in ballots with verification by signature might have made sense back then. But using such ancient technology these days is a recipe for endless delay and a lot of legal squabbling.The prior system of voting in person co...
Initiative to restore voting rights to Californians on parole heads to November ballot
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Voters will decide this November whether to restore voting rights for Californians on parole after state lawmakers approved a proposal Wednesday to place that question on the ballot.On a 28-9 initial vote, the state Senate sent Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6 to the Nov. 3 ballot, opening a possibility for more than 40,000 formerly incarcerated residents to regain their voting ability before they finish their probationary period.State Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, said ACA 6 would allow people on parole to reintegrate into and become a “contributing member to societ...
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New Florida law to teach, recognize 1920 Ocoee massacre that destroyed Black community
ORLANDO, Fla. — A new Florida law will bring more public awareness to the victims of the Ocoee massacre of 1920, when a white mob on Election Day lynched a Black man dedicated to expanding voting access, then burned the city’s Black community to the ground.“This recognition is a way that we start to talk about, not only the history of Ocoee, but the history of the state,” said state Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Ocoee, who sponsored the legislation.He said in working on the bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday, he learned of other lynchings and acts of racial violence carried out acr...
Voting in the Era of the Corona Virus
Since Reconstruction ended a century and a half ago, the white power structure, particularly in the South but in other states as well, have used various mechanisms to try and suppress black and minority voting. Initially, those in power were conservative white Democrats, but over the last half century they have been supplanted by conservative white Republicans. Starting with poll taxes and threats to black voters by the KKK, it has morphed into gerrymandering, voter ID laws, purging of voter rolls of minority citizens and making voting more difficult for blacks. This was achieved by decreasing...
The Moderate Voice
Florida Gov. DeSantis defends decision to appeal ruling on felon voting law, cites victims' needs
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his decision to appeal a federal judge’s ruling over Florida’s felon voting law, saying that felons should be required to pay back all restitution to victims before voting, even if they can’t afford to do so.“If somebody gets robbed, they have a right to have restitution paid to them,” he said during a Friday news conference in Miami. “We hardly ever talk about victims anymore in this country. There are people that are victimized by violent crimes in particular who I think we need to be standing up for.”Amendment 4, passed by Florida voters in 201...
Philly elections officials caught 40 cases of double-voting. It's not fraud, but it's still a problem
PHILADELPHIA — Two days after Pennsylvania’s primary election, Philadelphia elections officials suddenly stopped counting votes.They had to make sure no one voted twice — once by mail and once in person — so they couldn’t count a stack of mail ballots in the meantime. Workers turned to scanning the poll books people sign when they vote in person, and compared those to the list of mail ballots that had been returned, flagging any overlap.And for five long days, the counting stopped.In the end, the process largely worked: Officials identified 40 people who had returned a mail ballot and then als...
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Georgia Democrats set new primary turnout record, outpacing GOP voters
ATLANTA — Democrats set a new turnout record for primary voting in last week’s Georgia vote, soaring past 1 million voters to outpace Republicans during an election plagued by significant obstacles at polling sites.The latest results, still being tallied as absentee ballots are counted, show Democratic turnout in Georgia surpassed 1,060,851 — the previous high-mark set during the 2008 presidential primary when then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama trounced Hillary Clinton. Republicans lagged behind, with more than 950,000 votes in last week’s contest. But there was no competitive statewide contest on th...
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