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    Louisiana’s election commissioner said Wednesday she is “extremely concerned” about getting election results on Election Day even if the state’s mail-in voting program isn’t expanded as the Democratic governor and voting rights advocates are pushing to do.  The volume of absentee ballots could delay tabulating votes by two to six days, election commissioner Sherri Wharton Hadskey said, according to The Associated Press.  “I’m extremely concerned about trying to get the results on Nov. 3,” Hadskey testified under cross examination in an online hearing Wednesday as part of a lawsuit filed by voting rights advocates looking to expand mail balloting, according to the AP. Hadskey said in written testimony the state has received nearly 169,000 absentee ballot requests, according to the AP. The state also has nearly 157,000 people enrolled in a program for people over 65-years-old to automatically get absentee mail ballots, and another 5,300 in a similar program for people...
    The Telemundo network launched a new digital tool where users can find out important information in Spanish on how to vote in each state. To access the tool, click here. The Plan Your Vote program includes state-by-state information on when the voting deadlines are, if you vote in person on Election Day, and if you can track voting by mail. Users can choose the state where they reside and the system will display information on various topics, such as if you can vote without presenting a card without a photo or what is the deadline to request a ballot to vote by mail. You can also confirm the last day to mail the ballot and the deadline to register to vote. In this way, Telemundo reaffirms its commitment to its users to provide them with all the information they need in this crucial electoral process...
    The Telemundo network launched a new digital tool where users can find out important information in Spanish on how to vote in each state. To access the tool, click here. The Plan Your Vote program includes state-by-state information on when the voting deadlines are, if you vote in person on Election Day, and if you can track voting by mail. Users can choose the state where they reside and the system will display information on various topics, such as if you can vote without presenting a card without a photo or what is the deadline to request a ballot to vote by mail. You can also confirm the last day to mail the ballot and the deadline to register to vote. In this way, Telemundo reaffirms its commitment to its users to provide them with all the information they need in this crucial electoral process...
    The Telemundo network launched a new digital tool where users can find out important information in Spanish on how to vote in each state. To access the tool, click here. The Plan Your Vote program includes state-by-state information on when the voting deadlines are, if you vote in person on Election Day, and if you can track voting by mail. Users can choose the state where they reside and the system will display information on various topics, such as if you can vote without presenting a card without a photo or what is the deadline to request a ballot to vote by mail. You can also confirm the last day to mail the ballot and the deadline to register to vote. In this way, Telemundo reaffirms its commitment to its users to provide them with all the information they need in this crucial electoral process...
    Mario Tama/Getty Images For nearly the past four decades, famed election law attorney Ben Ginsberg has been a fixture of the Republican Party’s legal team. A key figure on the George W. Bush team during the 2000 Florida recount, Ginsberg has represented the GOP in scores of Congressional and state elections. But now, Ginsberg is slamming the party — and especially its standard bearer, President Donald Trump — for their rhetoric about elections being “rigged.” In a scathing op-ed published Wednesday by the Washington Post, Ginsberg accused Trump and Republicans of manufacturing controversy in order to gain an edge. “The president’s words make his and the Republican Party’s rhetoric look less like sincere concern — and more like transactional hypocrisy designed to provide an electoral advantage,” Ginsberg wrote. Specifically, Ginsberg took aim at Trump calling mail-in voting “very dangerous,” and stating that only the only way he can lose the...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi is determined to keep the House in the hands of Democrats and prevent President Trump from winning reelection. She has made criticism of his presidency a central part of her message. Pelosi is seeking another two-year term as speaker after regaining the prize in the 2018 elections. She previously held the gavel from 2007-11, with eight years in the political wilderness in between. She has consistently blamed Trump for the spread of the coronavirus, the more than 180,000 deaths in America, and the economic recession that followed. Pelosi in July began calling the coronavirus the “Trump virus” and has for months blamed the president for the economic downturn that followed nationwide lockdowns. “The president of the United States is central to that failure because he rejects science and he rejects governance,” Pelosi said on MSNBC in early September. “From the start, he was in denial,...
    As the United States prepares to hold a presidential election in the midst of a deadly pandemic, many states are relying on voting by mail to reduce in-person contact at the polls, including Utah. Utah law allows counties to opt-in to universal mail-in elections, which means all voters are sent mail ballots whether they request one or not. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, more than two-thirds of Utah's counties conducted universal mail-in elections in 2016 and every one will do so in 2020. "While no system is perfect, Utah is a model showing vote by-mail can be successful and secure," Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who is the state's elections officer, said in a tweet earlier this summer. "We are happy to advise and assist other states (and we have) to make sure there is no reason to delay a general election." WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ABSENTEE VOTING AND UNIVERSAL VOTE-BY-MAIL?  Most states that hold...
    Presidential candidate Joe Biden visited Kenosha on Friday in an attempt to ease tensions over the “Jacob Blake” affair. While Donald Trump multiplies political meetings without worrying about the coronavirus, the haunting virtual campaign of his rival Joe Biden could not last any longer. Only two days after the President’s visit to Kenosha, the Democratic candidate in turn went, on September 3, to this Wisconsin town battered by a week of mourning and violence.
    Small groups of men clad in paramilitary equipment, often armed militants of extreme right-wing groups, were present in the crowd, made up mostly of families and the elderly. Some 300 vehicles, including many pick-ups, then set off on the roads around Oregon City, about fifty kilometers from Portland, before dispersing. But 150-200 people led by members of Proud Boys, a nationalist militia advocating white superiority, decided to continue their journey to Oregon’s capital, Salem, for a show of force on the steps. of the local capitol. The Portland area saw renewed tension on August 29 when Aaron Danielson, 39, a supporter of a nationalist small group called the Patriot Prayer, was shot and killed in the town. He had just taken part in a pro-Trump auto parade similar to Monday’s and had left the procession to enter Portland with other comrades. A 48-year-old man suspected...
    Jake Tapper came under fire on Sunday night after the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised concerns about the CNN anchor getting involved in ongoing congressional races, according to Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News. Breitbart first raised the issue of Tapper trying to steer races when it came to the Pennsylvania 17th district. The publication said he had tried to convince GOP rising star Sean Parnell to run in another district. He reportedly contacted Parnell, who spoke at last month’s Republican National Convention, through text messages and DM’s on Twitter. Tapper is said to have reached out because if Parnell didn’t run in the Pennsylvania 17th, Democrat Connor Lamb wouldn’t be in such a contested battle. The Republican eventually rebuked Tapper’s advice and Lamb is in at least some danger of losing in November. Boyle pointed out that Lamb’s district is one of 30 that has Democrats currently representing it...
    Regina Smyth, Indiana University The harrowing videos of Alexei Navalny, a blogger who has captured popular frustration in Russia, screaming in agony on Aug. 20, 2020 before being removed unconscious from a plane to a waiting ambulance, demonstrate the Kremlin’s increasing reliance on coercion to control dissent. This attack is not the first Navalny has endured. In 2017, he was doused with a green antibiotic that compromised his vision. In 2019, while in jail for organizing protests, he suspected he had been poisoned. Navalny has also been wrongly convicted on charges of financial wrong-doing three times. Although he was released to prevent him from becoming a national martyr, his brother and co-defendant, Oleg, served three-and-a-half years in jail. Throughout this period, the Kremlin worked to discredit Navalny without making him a martyr. My book “Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability: Russia 2008-2020,” reveals the nature of Navalny’s threat to the...
    (CNN)At least 90 protesters were arrested in Hong Kong Sunday, with most detained on suspicion of illegal assembly, according to the city's police force.The protesters were arrested in the Hong Kong neighborhoods of Yau Mai Tei and Mong Kok. Earlier on Sunday afternoon large crowds gathered at Yau Mai Tei, rallying and shouting at a prohibited group gathering. Local elections were supposed to be held Sunday but the government has postponed them for at least a year due to the pandemic.The opposition argues that Hong Kong authorities postponed the vote for fear of pro-government parties doing badly.CNN producer Bex Wright witnessed a police surge on protesters along Shantung Street in Mong Kok on Sunday.Read MoreThe officers used pepper spray against those demonstrating and multiple people were detained at the scene, with some arrested by plain-clothed police officers.Meanwhile, at least one of the people detained in the Yau Mai Tei neighborhood...
    Dozens of people lined up in front of Miami’s electoral offices on Saturday to register as job applicants for the November presidential election. The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is recruiting a thousand temporary workers who will be able to be employed until election day in early November. In the midst of the crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of people throughout the country have been unemployed after the places where they worked closed totally or temporarily. Only in Florida the unemployment rate a month ago was 11.3%, if to this is added that since July the monthly unemployment aid that the government gave to people without work options expired, the crisis for many households in the state is increasing per day.
    RALEIGH, North Carolina – Voting by mail for the U.S. presidential election begins Friday when North Carolina begins sending out the more than 600,000 requested ballots, in response to the huge increase in requests across the country for the search for safer ways to vote during the pandemic. The 618,000 ballots requested in the first installment in North Carolina are more than 16 times the amount sent in the same phase of the process four years ago. The petitions are overwhelmingly coming from Democratic and independent voters, a reflection of the new bipartisan divide in early voting. The North Carolina numbers are further evidence to back up what experts have been predicting for months: Concern about the coronavirus will lead tens of millions of voters to mail in their ballots for the first time, transforming how they will be handled. carried out the elections...
    New York — Henrique Capriles announced his intention “not to leave civil society without options” in the face of the elections, in open defiance of the boycott strategy set by Juan Guaidó Participating in the parliamentary elections in December or boycotting them, this dilemma already causes a real schism within the Venezuelan opposition. Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles called this Wednesday to participate in the elections to “not leave civil society without options”, in open defiance of the boycott strategy set by Juan Guaidó. The Capriles initiative had already been seen to come since Tuesday, when differences with Guaidó became evident when it became known that dozens of dissidents were released and after Turkey revealed that it maintained an open line of dialogue with the government. Guaidó, who as head of the National Assembly (AN) proclaimed himself interim president and is the leader of the...
    RALEIGH, North Carolina – Voting by mail for the U.S. presidential election begins Friday when North Carolina begins sending out the more than 600,000 requested ballots, in response to the huge increase in requests across the country for the search for safer ways to vote during the pandemic. The 618,000 ballots requested in the first installment in North Carolina are more than 16 times the amount sent in the same phase of the process four years ago. The petitions are overwhelmingly coming from Democratic and independent voters, a reflection of the new bipartisan divide in early voting. The North Carolina numbers are further evidence to back up what experts have been predicting for months: Concern about the coronavirus will lead tens of millions of voters to mail in their ballots for the first time, transforming how they will be handled. carried out the elections...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Here are links to your county’s registrar of voter website that will address your November 2020 Election questions.   Alameda County Contra Costa County Marin County Napa County San Francisco San Mateo Santa Clara Solano Sonoma
    The first ballots of the 2020 presidential election are headed to voters Friday as North Carolina elections officials begin processing what they expect to be a record number of absentee requests. More than half a million absentee ballots have already left elections offices en route to voters who have requested them, a spokesman for the North Carolina state Board of Elections said. More than 643,000 North Carolinians have requested ballots so far this year, and hundreds of thousands more are likely to do so in the 60 days remaining before November’s elections. That figure far exceeds the last presidential contest: At this point in 2016, just 38,871 voters had asked for their absentee ballots. State data shows Democratic voters are requesting ballots at more than three times the rate of Republican voters. Just over 337,000 registered Democrats have requested a ballot, compared to about 103,000 Republicans. Another 200,000 voters who...
    Officials at the U.S. Postal Service are sounding the alarm about mail-in voting, saying Americans votes might not even get counted if they choose to fill out their ballot that way. The Daily Beast reported that during a Thursday meeting with the Postal Services elections integrity task force, USPS officials said problems are on the horizon. "With the dramatic increase of ballots compared to previous elections, in some cases a tenfold increase in the number of ballots in some states, there are some issues in the supply chain," a senior official at the agency said during the meeting. Another said, "Despite the heroic efforts I know you guys will pursue to get that ballot in the hands of voters, the reality is, thats going to be a difficult situation for that voter to have their vote counted." Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and several other high-ranking USPS officials were at the...
    RALEIGH, North Carolina – Voting by mail for the U.S. presidential election begins Friday when North Carolina begins sending out the more than 600,000 requested ballots, in response to the huge increase in requests across the country for the search for safer ways to vote during the pandemic. The 618,000 ballots requested in the first installment in North Carolina are more than 16 times the amount sent in the same phase of the process four years ago. The petitions are overwhelmingly coming from Democratic and independent voters, a reflection of the new bipartisan divide in early voting. The North Carolina numbers are further evidence to back up what experts have been predicting for months: Concern about the coronavirus will lead tens of millions of voters to mail in their ballots for the first time, transforming how they will be handled. carried out the elections...
    With the US presidential election just two months away, Facebook says it is taking further steps to encourage turnout, minimize misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “social unrest.” The company said Thursday it will limit political advertising in the week before the election. It will also remove messages that convey disinformation about COVID-19 and voting. In all messages from candidates and campaigns that prematurely proclaim their victory, you will include links to the official results. “This election will not be like the others. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy, ”Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a message Thursday. “That means helping people to register and vote, clearing up confusion about how the election will unfold, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest.” Facebook and other social networks are under scrutiny for their handling of disinformation, as President...
    ST. CATHERINE, Jamaica (AP) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness won big in his bet on early elections as his Jamaica Labour Party captured 49 of 63 seats in Parliament, swamping the rival People’s National Party. Addressing the nation on a virtual livestream after the PNP conceded defeat Thursday evening, Holness congratulated Jamaicans for a smooth and fair election held amid restrictions aimed at stifling the coronavirus pandemic. “Tonight the victor is the people of Jamaica. “What it says to me is that the Jamaican people are maturing in their outlook; they understand that populist policies can have destructive impact on the national good,” he said. The party won despite a recent spike in COVID-19 cases that has threatened several years of strong economic growth. Debt had been shrinking, unemployment hit a record low and the stock market was booming. The JLP focused on pledges to rebuild the...
    Alexander Cohen September 4, 2020 10:04AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump refused to promise to accept the results of the election. Likewise, in 2020, his continued assault on the reliability and legitimacy of mail-in voting has laid the groundwork for challenging a loss on the basis of voter fraud. He has also refused to promise to observe the 2020 results. This has led some to worry that a contested election would severely undermine faith in American democracy. : Yet the United States has a long history of such contested elections. With one exception, they have not badly damaged the American political system. That contested 1860 election — which sparked the Civil War — happened in a unique context. As a political scientist who studies elections, I believe that, should President Trump — or less likely, Joe Biden — contest the results...
    This time, he simply encouraged the people of this state to be guilty of a totally illegal act. He invited them to go and vote twice, intentionally. “Send a vote by mail, then go vote in person. If the system is that good they say it is, you won’t be able to go vote in person. Either way, that’s what it should be.” , said the president. This is not the first time that Donald Trump has expressed his views on remote voting. He was also accused of wanting to destroy the American post. In reality, the president is simply concerned that these votes by mail will benefit his rival, Joe Biden. He is therefore ready to do anything to discredit this approach, not hesitating to invent false stories of fraud. William Barr, the US Minister of Justice, for his part declined to...
    (CNN)Jimmy Carter is pushing back on efforts by Attorney General William Barr and the White House to use the former Democratic president's work studying voting by mail to discredit the practice."I approve the use of absentee ballots and have been using them for more than five years," Carter said in a statement Thursday.He also contextualized his findings from a mail-voting commission in 2005 that Barr and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany have employed to disparage voting by mail.Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Barr had referenced the "fundamental problem" that "the bipartisan commission chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker said ... that mail-in voting is fraught with the risk of fraud and coercion."McEnany had asserted earlier Thursday that Carter "said in 2005, as part of a bipartisan commission, absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud." Read MoreBut Carter on Thursday pointed to a statement...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has been claiming that the upcoming election will see "the greatest scam in the history of politics." And, in a way, he could be right.But the scam has nothing to do with the kinds of skullduggery Trump and his allies claim we should expect as a record number of Americans vote by mail due to the pandemic: supposed bribes, counterfeit ballots and other fraudulent votes. Rather, it's because their hyperbolic and false partisan attacks, along with legal maneuvers, seek to undermine a secure system of voting, according to elections officials and analysts who spoke with CNN. Elections experts say cases of mail-in voting fraud, and electoral fraud in general, are exceedingly rare in the US. Past attempts to commit mail-in voting fraud have generally been small, local scams that, typically, failed because of a wide array of safeguards in place to prevent and catch such efforts. Visit...
    A battle continues over how New Jersey residents will vote and how those ballots will be counted with just two months to go before Nov. 3. A clause in SB 2580, which is identical to the Assembly’s A-4775, allows elections officials to count mail-in ballots 10 days before the election. The bill passed the both houses and was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy with little fanfare. But one Republican lawmaker says early counting could lead to some campaign staffers getting information before Election Day. “If anyone thinks that won’t happen, they’re delusional,” said Sen. Anthony Bucco, R-Morris, in a statement. “Giving campaign operatives access to confidential vote counts before Election Day would be an unfair advantage that could be used to change the outcome of elections.” Murphy defended the bill at his Wednesday news conference. “The point here was to allow us, with as high...
    Washington (CNN)An intelligence bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security warns that Russia is attempting to sow doubt about the integrity of the 2020 elections by amplifying false claims that mail-in voting will result in widespread fraud, an assertion that has been repeatedly pushed by President Donald Trump, according to a congressional source with direct knowledge of the document who confirmed its veracity. "We assess that Russia is likely to continue amplifying criticisms of vote-by-mail and shifting voting processes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine public trust in the electoral process," the bulletin, first reported by ABC News, reads. The warning comes one day after Attorney General Bill Barr condemned states for encouraging mail-in voting in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Barr also downplayed Russia's well-documented attempts to help Trump in presidential elections, including in this election cycle, instead pointing the finger at China despite the fact intelligence...
    In an effort to thwart an expansion of mail-in voting ahead of the November presidential election, on Wednesday President Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit against Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. In their suit, the campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) argue that Bullock's order allowing counties to employ universal vote-by-mail due to the coronavirus pandemic was an unauthorized and unconstitutional “brazen power grab." Montana normally allows for voting by mail but only at the request of the voter. BALLOT COUNTING TO RESUME IN TIGHT MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY WITH HEAVY MAIL-IN VOTING Under Bullock's new directive, counties have until Friday to notify the state's leadership about how they would conduct the upcoming election. According to the secretary of state’s elections office, 42 out of 56 counties have already confirmed they plan to hold the elections entirely by mail. “This rushed and unconstitutional directive creates a patchwork election code with no uniform procedures across the state, automatically mails ballots to voters, and...
    With the US presidential election just two months away, Facebook says it is taking further steps to encourage turnout, minimize misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “social unrest.” The company said Thursday it will limit political advertising in the week before the election. It will also remove messages that convey disinformation about COVID-19 and voting. In all messages from candidates and campaigns that prematurely proclaim their victory, you will include links to the official results. “This election will not be like the others. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy, ”Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a message Thursday. “That means helping people to register and vote, clearing up confusion about how the election will unfold, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest.” Facebook and other social networks are under scrutiny for their handling of disinformation, as President...
    Twitter has been blocking political ads since last November, figuring that it’s too easy for groups to use them to spread misinformation. Google, meanwhile has limited micro-targeting in ad campaigns. Facebook has continued to sell political ads, but started labeling and noting who paid for them back in April. Zuckerberg said that the new ad ban might hurt efforts to get the vote out, but Facebook is balancing that against the potential for fraud right before the election. Facebook is also taking other measures, including putting its Voter Information Center at the top of Facebook and Instagram feeds, showing “accurate, verified information and videos about how to vote.” It will also use the hub to let US users know that the Presidential victor might not be declared on the night of the election because of delays in counting mail-in ballots. Facebook is taking additional measures: We’ll remove posts...
    Henrique Capriles announced his intention to “not leave civil society without options” in the face of the elections, in open defiance of the boycott strategy set by Juan Guaidó Participating in the parliamentary elections in December or boycotting them, this dilemma is already causing a real schism within the Venezuelan opposition. Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles called on Wednesday to participate in the elections to “not leave civil society without options,” in open defiance of the boycott strategy set by Juan Guaidó. Capriles’ initiative could already be seen coming from Tuesday, when the differences with Guaidó became evident when it was learned of the release of dozens of imprisoned dissidents and after Turkey revealed that it maintained an open line of dialogue with the government. Guaidó, who as head of the National Assembly (AN) proclaimed himself interim president and acts as leader of the opposition, considered...
    The former US vice president, the Democratic Party and their fundraising commissions raised $ 364.5 million in August, including $ 205 million online from small donors, his campaign team said on Wednesday. The previous record was set by Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in September 2008, with nearly $ 200 million. “This amount leaves me speechless,” wrote Joe Biden, 77, thanking his supporters. “57% of the money we raised came from online donations from people like you who shelled out $ 5, $ 10, $ 20. This makes August the best month for online fundraising in the world. American “political history,” he added. Preparing for his re-election campaign since arriving at the White House in January 2017, Donald Trump, 74, left with a comfortable financial advantage. But after winning the primary in April, his Democratic rival now has flourishing accounts. Joe Biden, however, called...
    It was as a presidential candidate that Donald Trump went to Kenosha on Tuesday. The police blunder was less retained than the violent reactions it provoked. His security speech resonates in a Midwest which will weigh heavily on November 3.
    Entertainment : Photo file The Nicolás Maduro regime reiterated on Wednesday its invitation to the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to participate as observers in the legislative elections scheduled for December 6. This was announced on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza, Nicolás Maduro’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who reported that he had proposed it in a letter sent to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell. « I report that yesterday we sent Guterres and Borrell a letter on the broad electoral guarantees agreed for the upcoming parliamentary election, as well as reiterating the invitation for the United Nations and the European Union to participate as observers, » he explained. The legislative elections of December 6 have generated a wide rejection in many sectors of the opposition due to the lack of...
    As many as 1.6 million mail-in ballots were sent to voters too close to primary elections to be returned in time, according to an audit by the Postal Service's Office Inspector General (OIG). The audit has not-so-good news on the readiness of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to process and deliver election mail. It's got some serious problems, and this was in elections conducted in May and June before Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's dismantling of the service began. The audit details several problems including ballots that didn't have tracking barcodes, ballot designs that impede processing, election mail sent out too late to meet Election Day delivery deadlines, outdated voter addresses, and differing postmark requirements set by states. It reviewed special and primary elections, focusing on processing facilities in Santa Clarita, California; Portland, Oregon; Baltimore, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Brooklyn, New York; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A key issue...
    Mr. Kennedy, 39, conceded defeat, said one of his spokespersons, quoted by the Boston Globe. According to still partial results covering some 43% of the votes counted, he lost to outgoing senator Edward Markey, 74, by some 10 points. This result, which the latest polls had anticipated, is bitter for Mr. Kennedy, who in 2019 was considered a rising star of the Democratic Party. And initially seemed well on course to dethrone Mr. Markey, elected from Congress for 44 years including seven in the Senate. Elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, Joseph Kennedy III, grandson of the former Minister of Justice Robert Kennedy assassinated in 1968, nevertheless presented himself as closer to the field, to modest families and to minorities than his septuagenarian rival – so many arguments that have allowed young “progressive” militants to dethrone Congress barons in several Democratic primaries since...
    Incumbent Sen. Ed Markey (right) defeats his 2020 Democratic Senate primary challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III (left). Photo credit: Darren McCollester, Getty Images. Incumbent Sen. Ed Markey defeated Rep. Joe Kennedy III in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary, an unprecedented political loss for a member of the Kennedy clan in their home state. According to the Associated Press, Markey was declared the winner with roughly 43% of precincts reporting, though Markey had amassed a solid 10% lead with many of the areas of the state favorable to him still yet to report. BREAKING: Edward Markey wins Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts primary election. #APracecall at 10:30 p.m. EDT. #Election2020 #MAprimary https://t.co/lGfinjTqT4 — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) September 2, 2020 The 74-year-old Markey has served in Congress since 1977 and has been the state’s junior U.S. senator since 2013, but the 39-year-old Kennedy still chose to challenge him, setting up...
    by Alexander Cohen, Clarkson University During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump refused to promise to accept the results of the election. Likewise, in 2020, his continued assault on the reliability and legitimacy of mail-in voting has laid the groundwork for challenging a loss on the basis of voter fraud. He has also refused to promise to observe the 2020 results. This has led some to worry that a contested election would severely undermine faith in American democracy. Yet the United States has a long history of such contested elections. With one exception, they have not badly damaged the American political system. That contested 1860 election – which sparked the Civil War – happened in a unique context. As a political scientist who studies elections, I believe that, should President Trump – or less likely, Joe Biden – contest the results of the November election, American democracy will survive....
    The grand-nephew of President John F. Kennedy and grandson of his brother Robert, assassinated in 1963 and 1968 respectively, nevertheless passed a year ago for a rising star of the Democratic Party. And seemed on course to dethrone Mr. Markey, elected to Congress for 44 years, including seven in the Senate. Massachusetts being a Democratic stronghold, the winner of this late primary is almost guaranteed to be elected in November. Elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, Joseph Kennedy III, a telegenic Democrat of 39, presented himself as closer to the field, to modest families and to minorities than his 74-year-old rival – all arguments that allowed young “progressive” democratic activists to dethrone congressional barons in several primaries since 2018. But Mr. Markey secured the support of the very dynamic left wing of the party, embodied by New York elected representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Social distancing and hygiene measures to rein in the spread of the coronavirus will be in force for upcoming Dutch local and national elections, the government announced Tuesday, creating a possible headache for local authorities who have to organize the voting. Dutch voters are scheduled to cast their ballots March 17 next year in a national election for the 150 members of the lower house of parliament. “Corona will almost certainly still be among us for upcoming elections. But by taking measures these elections can be organized so that it is safe for voters to vast their ballot and for polling office staff to do their work,” said Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren. Booths will be arranged so that voters can maintain the government’s recommended 1.5-meter (5-foot) social distancing and extra equipment will be provided including screens to shield staff and disinfectant to clean the...
    Trump has refused to say he will accept the outcome of the upcoming election. Alex Wong/Getty Images During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump refused to promise to accept the results of the election. Likewise, in 2020, his continued assault on the reliability and legitimacy of mail-in voting has laid the groundwork for challenging a loss on the basis of voter fraud. He has also refused to promise to observe the 2020 results. This has led some to worry that a contested election would severely undermine faith in American democracy. Yet the United States has a long history of such contested elections. With one exception, they have not badly damaged the American political system. That contested 1860 election – which sparked the Civil War – happened in a unique context. As a political scientist who studies elections, I believe that, should President Trump – or less likely, Joe...
    Voters in Broward County who choose to cast their vote-by-mail for the November general election will have two dozen new places to drop off their ballots amid concerns about possible delays at the United States Postal Service. The county announced Monday that 24 secure locations will be placed in the area in response to calls and requests from voters during the primary elections that took place in early August. “Given the number of calls related to USPS and alternatives for ballot delivery, it was important to notify the public of available options as ballots are mailed between Sept. 19 and Oct. 24,” said the supervisor of elections Peter Antonacci in a statement. The coronavirus pandemic motivated many to vote by mail during the primary elections in Florida. More than 2.1 million people had cast their vote by mail compared to less than 1.3 million in...
    Democrats are heavily pushing for mail-in voting for the November general election. Republicans oppose this, arguing widespread vote-by-mail would increase the possibility that voter fraud would influence the outcome. According to one "top Democratic operative," Republicans are correct.What did the operative say?The Democrat anonymously told the New York Post that mail-in ballot voter fraud is the rule, not the exception — because he has spent years manipulating elections on behalf of Democratic candidates. The fraudster told the Post his dirty work includes everything from municipal to federal elections in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In fact, the operative, whose resumé was confirmed by the Post, claimed his team has manipulated most elections in the Garden State. "There is no race in New Jersey — from City Council to United States Senate — that we haven't worked on," the fraudster said. "I worked on a fire commissioner's race in...
    Over national tragedies, world wars, eras of technological changes, and even pandemics, we have prioritized our electoral systems to protect our American democracy. Despite our long history of electoral politics, the Democrats’ latest political play is a fabricated conspiracy theory that Republicans are using the U.S. Postal Service’s operational changes to disenfranchise the American people. Not only is this narrative not based in fact, but it is also a threat to the security of our elections. The fact is that any changes to the USPS have nothing to do with universal mail-in voting. These changes began before President Trump even took office. ANDREW NAPOLITANO: SELL POST OFFICE TO HIGHEST BIDDER More importantly, the changes did not begin with any goal of slowing down our federal elections – they began because the operational failures were costing American taxpayers billions in losses per year. However, regardless of the timeline for USPS changes, the mail-in...
    Washington (CNN)America's most senior general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, told members of Congress that the military will not play a role in November's election and won't help settle any disputes if the results are contested."The Constitution and laws of the US and the states establish procedures for carrying out elections, and for resolving disputes over the outcome of elections. ... I do not see the US military as part of this process," Milley said in a letter released on Friday responding to questions from two members of the House Armed Services Committee."In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. Military," Milley added.Milley's answers came in response to questions from Democratic Reps. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey following a...
    (CNN)The top election officials from Michigan and Kentucky said Friday that there were no cases of voter fraud in their primary elections this year, which featured an estimated 3 million mail-in ballots.Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, a Republican, made the comments at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing about election security. Benson said Michigan has conducted three elections this year "with more citizens voting-by-mail than ever before and with zero reports or evidence of fraud." "The evidence shows primarily that people want to vote by mail and there's zero evidence of fraud or irregularities," Benson said.More than 1 million Illinois voters have requested mail-in ballotsAdams said Kentucky went from about 2% of mail votes in past years to about 75% mail votes this year, and that it was a "clean election" with no widespread fraud or abuse. Read MoreThe comments...
    (CNN)With over two months until Election Day, more than 1 million voters in Illinois have already requested mail ballots for the November general election, state election officials announced Friday. The Illinois State Board of Elections said 1,111,387 mail ballot applications have been received to date, adding that this number "likely is lower than the true total," given data has not yet been reported from 28 Illinois election authorities. The high volume of requests sets Illinois on track to outpace its mail-in voting record from the last general election, where approximately 370,000 votes were cast by mail in 2016. Voting by mail and early voting have become increasingly popular options among voters who wish to avoid showing up to the polls in person on Election Day during a global pandemic.CNN Poll: Questions about accuracy of vote counting rise as most want to vote before Election DayA recent CNN poll conducted by...
    Aug. 18 marked the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment being ratified, which changed elections forever. The 19th Amendment prohibits the state and federal government from denying the right of citizens to vote based on sex -- meaning, women became eligible to vote after previous years of discrimination at the polls. Since 1980, more women have voted in each presidential election than men, according to Statista. So, how much of a gap has there been between women and men voters in each presidential election of the century? Here’s a breakdown by year, according to Statista. Graham Media Group 2020
    Florida overhauled its voting system after the 2000 Presidential Election recount debacle, so it’s ahead of many other states in offering alternatives to traditional in-person voting: Any registered voter can safely cast a mail-in absentee ballot from home, no excuse required. In-person voting starts 15 days before Election Day, helping to cut down on crowds at polling places. “We’re really encouraging older voters to treat Election Day similar to the way we treat hurricane season — consider your options in advance,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP state director. Between absentee and early in-person voting, most ballots are expected to be cast before Election Day. Here’s what else you need to know: How do I register to vote? You can register online through the Florida secretary of state’s website; if you prefer, you can go to that site to download a registration application to mail in....
    On the third day of the Republican convention, which ends Thursday with the American president’s speech from the gardens of the White House, the threat of “socialism” was brandished relentlessly. In a speech against the backdrop of violence on the sidelines of anti-racist protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the “VP” painted a grim picture of an election where “law and order are at stake.” In difficulty in the polls ten weeks before the US presidential election, Donald Trump is counting on his vice-president to ensure, as in 2016, the mobilization of the religious right. “It is not really a question of knowing (…) if America will be more Republican or Democrat. The question posed in this election is to know if America will remain America”, launched Mike Pence. Paying tribute to the “courage” and “compassion” of the Americans, he denounced the vision in his eyes too dark put forward...
    by Jennifer Selin, University of Missouri-Columbia While much of the recent attention on mail-in voting has focused on the U.S. Postal Service or on the likelihood of voter fraud, there is a lesser-known, looming problem for the November elections: The burden of mail-in voting does not just fall on the Postal Service. Approximately 8,000 local election offices in the United States will have a role in carrying out the 2020 election. These offices manage almost 186,000 voting precincts and rely on state, county and local employees to run elections. Some of these offices are poised to handle mail-in voting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Others are not. Each state sets rules To carry out an election by mail, each of these hundreds of thousands of offices and employees will need to coordinate to make sure that ballots are processed in a fair, consistent and timely manner. What does...
    The Presidential elections are nearly upon us. Amidst all the crises that we are now experiencing — the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental emergencies, protests against racism, and an extraordinarily divided electorate — it is vital that, if you are a US citizen and 18 years of age or older, you make use of your vote. Along with all the other upheavals we’re dealing with, the very process of voting has come into contention. While many voters are anxious to get their ballots in, they don’t want to expose themselves to possible infection in small, crowded voting areas, so voting by mail has become the main alternative. But many of us are not familiar with that process, especially because a number of states have been adjusting their rules to allow as many people to vote by mail as possible. Add to that the recent political cockfights over the administration of the US...
    The intervention of the spouses and children of American candidates is part of the ritual of American presidential campaigns: at the virtual Democratic convention last week, the children and grandchildren of Joe Biden, Trump’s rival for the November 3 presidential election, took turns to highlight the qualities of the 77-year-old former vice-president. “But what is unusual with the Trumps is that they can speak not only of the personality of the candidate and his qualities, but also of the substance, of the political orientations in which they are directly involved”, explains Costas Panagopoulos, professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston. “They are no longer just members of the family, but government officials, political figures,” he said. In fact, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, the three children the former New York mogul had with his first wife Ivana, either have official White House titles or are ardent...
    “He’s not a traditional politician. He doesn’t just talk, he gets results,” said the First Lady of the United States, criticizing on several occasions, echoing repeated attacks by the US president, the media attitude. On the second day of a Republican convention where the new coronavirus was only very rarely mentioned, the ex-model of Slovenian origin, 50 years old, marked her difference by emphasizing the devastation caused by the virus. “Since March, our lives have radically changed (…) I know that a lot of people are worried, I want you to know that you are not alone”, she launched from the gardens of the White House . Promising that “Donald” would do everything possible to take care of all those affected, she denounced the “attacks” of the Democratic camp and the “gossip” carried by the media. Ten weeks before the presidential election, the speech of Donald Trump’s third wife...
    The nation’s top cyber defense chief said the U.S. government’s ramped-up efforts in cyberspace were key to disrupting a Russian interference effort during the 2018 midterms and promised it would do even more to protect the 2020 presidential election. Paul Miki Nakasone, a general in the Army who is both commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, penned an op-ed for Foreign Affairs on Tuesday with Cybercom senior adviser Michael Sulmeyer, laying out how Cybercom and the NSA “worked together to protect against meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.” Nakasone pointed to the creation of the Russia Small Group, which he described as “a task force created to ensure that democratic processes were executed unfettered by Russian activity” that aided the Department of Homeland Security and FBI in countering Russian meddling. He also highlighted Cybercom sending personnel out on “several hunt forward missions, where...
    (CNN)Last week, the Democratic Party wrapped up a convention like none other, marked by unity across a broad spectrum of Americans, and I am looking towards a general election like none other. Still, I fear the events that might follow could test our country's ability to stand as United States. Kate BrownI saw firsthand in the streets of Portland how President Donald Trump responds to voices of opposition, and people of color, veterans and mothers have felt that response with their bodies. He intentionally sent federal agents into our streets to create a political photo op and strike fear into those who stand to oppose him in the future. These are the tactics we only ever expect to see on the news in faraway troubled countries. As Election Day approaches, the President appears desperate.That's why I and a group of my fellow governors are here to say that...
    Donald Trump and his Republican allies are preparing to rig the 2020 presidential election. The outline of their strategy is quite evident. The use of fear and division in campaign rhetoric and advertising is one tactic. Another is their refusal to act or even acknowledge foreign interference in U.S. elections or to move against domestic sites disseminating abjectly false information. Central to the plan, though, is delegitimizing the election process itself, especially mail-in balloting. In doing so, Trump is leveraging the pandemic to destroy any semblance of democracy left in presidential elections. He has one exclusive goal in mind: secure another four years in office. The consequences of such callous political calculations have already been devastating. The New York Times points out that the U.S. has 5 times as many coronavirus cases as all of Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia and South Korea combined. But rather than engage federal resources and assert presidential authority...
              A coalition filed two lawsuits in Michigan on Monday, a federal case against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for allegedly silencing political speech, and a state suit against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for reportedly circumventing state law protecting the right of Michiganders to have their vote properly counted. The lawsuits were announced on a new website launched by the coalition: Got Freedom? The website is available here. More information on the lawsuits is available here. The coalition says they want to “allow retail politicking leading into the general election and block Secretary Benson from sidestepping state law and suspending ballot integrity protections.” They “point to Whitmer’s threat of jail time for those seeking to host political rallies and election irregularities in Wayne County during the August 4 primary as justification for the suits.” “The rights of the citizenry to assemble and speak in...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state senator says the top elections official in Roosevelt County in eastern New Mexico has passed away amid preparations for the Nov. 3 general election. Republican Senate minority leader Stuart Ingle confirmed Monday the death of County Clerk Stephanie Hicks at her home the previous day. Hicks was running unopposed as the Republican incumbent in the fall general election. Election officials across the state are preparing to print ballots on an early September deadline, with absentee voting scheduled to begin Oct. 6. Ingle said he confirmed through a county official that Hicks was found unresponsive at home. More information was not available. Hicks began serving as county clerk in 2013 after a decade as county elections coordinator, according to her personal profile on LinkedIn. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Mexico
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City After signing legislation last week to expand absentee voting in New York and ensure that all votes are counted this fall, Governor Andrew Cuomo followed up Monday with an executive order aimed at ensuring a quick, accurate count of ballots. The order mandates that all boards of election in New York state inform voters of upcoming filing and voting deadlines and provide the proper staffing to process and count all valid ballots received in the Nov. 3 general election. Cuomo said the order aims to further boost public confidence in the election’s integrity, at a time when President Trump and his most ardent supporters make baseless claims about alleged election rigging. On Monday, Trump repeated rigging accusations during an appearance at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. “We want...
    Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., the Democratic candidate for the US presidential election on November 3, brought all the fringes of his party together at a flawless nomination convention, against which Donald’s convention will be measured Trump, which begins Monday. The former vice-president of Barack Obama, 77, closed the four-day Democratic convention Thursday evening in a speech promising Americans a mandate of reconciliation and national unity to turn the page on the four years of Trump. “The current president has draped America in darkness far too long. Too much anger, too much fear, too much division,” Joe Biden said in a speech shorter than at a normal convention, just 25 minutes , in line with the tighter rhythm of an entirely virtual convention. “Here and now, I promise you: if you trust me and give me the presidency, I will bring out the best in us, not the...
    Maryanne Trump Barry notably attacked the migration policy put in place by the president, which led to the separation of children and their parents at the border and their sending to detention centers. “All he wants is to please his electoral base”, according to these records, which the American daily has obtained. “He has no principle. None”. “His damn tweets and lies, oh my God,” she added. The recordings are the work of the president’s niece, Mary Trump, who also recently published a book denouncing “the toxic family” from which he came. Robert Trump, younger brother of the president who died last week, had unsuccessfully taken legal action to try to prevent the publication of the book. Some 950,000 copies had been sold from day one. The White House denounced him as “lying”. “This is the fallacy of it all. The fallacy and this cruelty. Donald is cruel,” Mrs....
    In the 2016 election, Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 2,868,686 votes. As CNN reported Saturday, the Republican Party could be headed for “an unpleasant distinction” in 2020 if the Republican Party loses the popular vote once again. “If President Donald Trump, in fact, loses the popular vote in 2020, it will be the first time since the founding of the Democratic Party in 1828 that either the Democratic or Republican Party has lost the popular vote this many times in a span of eight elections,” CNN’s Harry Enten reported. “Obviously, we don’t know what the November result will be. There’s still a little over two months to go and things can change.” “That said, pretty much none of the nonpartisan analysts I know expect Trump to win the popular vote. Today, former Vice President Joe Biden leads the national polls by somewhere around 8 to 10 points nationally. A high...
    Quito, Aug 22 . .- Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (2007-2017) has run again to regain power in his country, but now he has done so as a candidate for the vice presidency, in a binomial or electoral formula with Andrés Arauz , which will run by the head of state. Correa, who has several trials pending for alleged corruption and a prison order for a case of bribery, which he denies, was appointed to vote on the ballot in the elections on February 7, when Ecuadorians designate Lenin’s successor Brown. The former president, who has resided in Belgium since shortly after he left power in 2017, after a decade in the Presidency, has called on his followers to “Recover the Homeland”, a task that will be difficult, he said, because his political rivals they will supposedly try to remove him from the electoral board. “They will do the impossible...
    (CNN)American elections tend to swing on a pendulum. No one party usually holds power for too long. Since 1952, for example, only once has a party won the presidency three elections in a row. Yet, partially through a little bit of bad luck and two electoral college-popular vote splits, the Republican Party looks like it could be on the way to an unpleasant distinction.If President Donald Trump, in fact, loses the popular vote in 2020, it will be the first time since the founding of the Democratic Party in 1828 that either the Democratic or Republican Party has lost the popular vote this many times in a span of eight elections. Obviously, we don't know what the November result will be. There's still a little over two months to go and things can change. Can majority rule survive Americas widening political divide?That said, pretty much none of the nonpartisan analysts...
    The city’s embattled Board of Elections opened up online registration to receive absentee ballots for the November election on Friday, allowing Big Apple residents to quickly register to vote by mail as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on. The move comes a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a package of legislation that allowed voters to use the COVID-19 outbreak as a qualifying reason to receive an absentee ballot. Additionally, the newly minted laws also bar the Board of Elections from tossing absentee ballots simply because they do not have a postmark, provided the post office delivers them by Nov. 4 — the day after the election. The bills were passed by lawmakers in Albany after the city Board of Elections bungled absentee voting during the June primaries by mailing ballots to voters late and disqualifying roughly one in five ballots it got back. Thousands of ballots were disqualified because...
    By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas secretary of state's office has offered each of the state's 105 counties up to two drop-off boxes where people can deposit their absentee ballots for the November election if they don't mail them in or want to risk voting in person because of the coronavirus threat. Local election officials had until Friday to respond to the offer, so the state won't know how many boxes it will need to buy until early next week, said Katie Koupal, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office. Response to the offer has been varied, she said. Some counties said they already had enough drop-off boxes and didn't need any more, while others wanted one or two more. County elections officials are making those decisions against the backdrop of the public uproar over recent mail operation changes and delivery delays. The...
    The city’s embattled Board of Elections opened up online registration to receive absentee ballots for the November election on Friday, allowing Big Apple residents quickly register to vote by mail as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on. The move comes a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a package of legislation that allowed voters to use the COVID-19 outbreak as a qualifying reason to receive an absentee ballot. Additionally, the newly minted laws also bar the Board of Elections from tossing absentee ballots simply because they do not have a postmark, provided Post Office delivers them by November 4 — the day after the election. The bills were passed by lawmakers in Albany after the city Board of Elections bungled absentee voting during the June primaries by mailing ballots to voters late and disqualifying roughly one-in-five ballots it got back. Thousands of ballots were disqualified because they were not stamped by...
    Caesar Peter Abutin of Norwalk, California, has been charged with fraud after prosecutors say he voted in several elections using the name of his dead mother. The Los Angeles Times reported that prosecutors say Abutin, 55, pretended to be his mother in three elections between Oct. 2012 and Nov. 2014.  His 67-year-old mother had passed away in July 2006. Abutin, 55, also voted in the elections using his own identity. CBSLA reported that if convicted, Abutin could face up to three years in state prison. Abutin has pleaded not guilty. Related Stories: Voter Fraud Charges, Mail-in Ballots Plague New Jersey Election Trump Sees 20 Percent Voter Fraud, Experts Disagree © 2020 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Friday morning starts the machine recount for the race for two Democratic hopefuls battling to be on the November ballot to compete to be the head of elections in Broward. “The results are due by Sunday at 3 p.m. Whatever it takes and however many people it takes to do it, we will have it done,” Judge Dan Kanner said. Kanner is the Broward Canvassing Board chair. Current Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci isn’t running. He replaced Dr. Brenda Snipes who was suspended over the handling of the November 2018 election. She eventually resigned. “I’ll be honest with you, I think the supervisor has done a fantastic job. The supervisor and staff have done a fantastic job,” Judge Dan Kanner said. What has not been included in any count have been near 1,500 late vote-by-mail ballots in Broward. Miami-Dade said it received more than 3,000 ballots after...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Citing concerns over the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expanding absentee balloting for the November election.He signed into law sweeping a three-part package that includes new measures allowing absentee ballot applications to be submitted to the Board of Elections immediately.This law allows a voter to get an absentee ballot due to risk or fear of illness including COVID-19 and ensures all absentee ballots postmarked on or before Election Day or received by the Board of Elections without a postmark on the day after the election will be counted.Ballots with a postmark demonstrating that they were mailed on or before Election Day will be counted if received by November 10.RELATED: Kamala Harris accepts Democratic Nomination for vice president"The federal administration has ordered an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Postal Service and with COVID-19 threatening our ability to have safe, in-person voting, these measures are critical...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The race between Joe Scott and Chad Klitzman in the race for Broward Supervisor of Elections is so close that it has triggered an automatic recount set for Saturday. Florida law provides for a machine recount in close races such as this one. The process involves the re-scanning the ballots. There were six people running for the job, but the top two vote-getters, Scott received 24.84 percent of the votes and Klitzman received 24.54% percent of the vote. Scott is a graduate of West Point and involved with a local technology company.” “I come from a very different background, I have never been in politics. I was an Army officer. I have been a business leader for more than a decade. I studied computers in West Point, one of the best leadership programs in the world,” said Scott. Klitzman is a Columbia Law School graduate...
    Photo via NSFVoters showing up in person Tuesday to cast ballots in Florida’s primary elections appeared to encounter just a few hiccups, with officials deploying thousands of face masks, buckets of hand sanitizer and cartons of disposable pens as safeguards amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday’s low-key voting took place as a record number of Floridians opted to cast their ballots by mail, after elections officials encouraged voters to take advantage of the state’s no-excuse vote-by-mail system to curb the spread of COVID-19. “It’s been pretty quiet. That doesn’t mean that an individual wasn’t having an issue they needed to deal with, but it’s not been the normal flood of calls,” Liza McClenaghan, state chairwoman of Common Cause Florida, told The News Service of Florida late Tuesday afternoon. More than 2.2 million Floridians had voted by mail as of Tuesday morning, a nearly 72 percent increase from the 1.28 million votes...
    A California man has been charged with mail-in voting fraud, accused of casting votes for his dead mother in three different elections. Between October 2012 and November 2014, Caesar Peter Abutin voted as his 67-year-old mother, who died in July 2006, while also voting in his own name, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint, he was charged last month with one felony count of fraud in connection with votes cast, and one felony count of fraudulent voting, relevant when someone applies for “a vote by mail ballot by fraudulently signing the name of … a person who is not qualified to vote.” FLORIDA VOTING BY MAIL IN HUGE NUMBERS COMPARED TO 2016 He pleaded not guilty Tuesday and faces up to three years in prison. Mail-in voting has turned into a hot-button issue ahead of the 2020 presidential election, with President Trump routinely...
    On November 10, 2019, President Evo Morales Ayma of Bolivia announced his resignation from the presidency. Morales had been elected in 2014 to a third presidential term, which should have lasted until January 2020. In November 2019, protests around his fourth electoral victory in October led to the police and the military asking Morales to step down; by every description of the term, this was a coup d’état. Two days later, Morales went into exile in Mexico. On November 16, Morales told Mexican daily newspaper La Jornada that the coup that unseated him “was prepared” by the U.S. embassy in La Paz. The reason for the coup, he said, was—among others—Bolivia’s considerable lithium reserves and his government’s failure to surrender to North American multinational mining corporations. Morales told La Jornada’s Miguel Angel Velázquez it seemed his “sin” was that he “implemented social programs for the humblest families.” The coup was justified by the Bolivian oligarchy and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Norwalk man has been charged with allegedly casting votes in three elections on behalf of his late mother. Caesar Peter Abutin, 55, is charged with one felony count each of fraud in connection with votes cast and fraudulent voting, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Tuesday. Prosecutors say between Oct. 2012 and Nov. 2014, Abutin cast votes for both himself and his 67-year-old mother who passed away in July 2006. If convicted as charged, Abutin could face up to three years in state prison. He is scheduled to be back in court Oct. 28. The case was investigated by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office.
    A Norwalk man is facing voter fraud charges after prosecutors say he cast ballots in several elections using the name of his mother, who had died years earlier. Caesar Peter Abutin, 55, pretended to be his mother in three elections between October 2012 and November 2014, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Tuesday. In each of the elections, Abutin claimed to be his 67-year-old mother, who had died in July 2006, prosecutors said. Abutin also cast votes using his own identity. Such voter fraud charges are rarely filed in L.A. County and often are hard to prove, but officials said Abutin’s repeated pattern of voting using a long-deceased relative’s ID raised alarm bells. The deceptive practice was discovered after an investigation by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder and the district attorney’s office. Abutin was charged last month with one felony count each of fraud in...
    Miles Taylor, the former Trump DHS official publicly going after the president and endorsing his opponent Joe Biden, is criticizing him in a new video over his “disinterest” on Russian interference in U.S. elections. Taylor spoke out Monday in an op-ed and a video from Republican Voters Against Trump, saying, “Given what I’ve experienced in the administration, I have to support Joe Biden for president.” Trump swiped at Taylor Tuesday morning and called him a “DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE” who was welcomed by the “Fake News circuit.” In a new video from RVAT, Taylor talks about the difficulty of talking to the president about election security, particularly pertaining to Russia. He says that after what happened in 2016, many officials felt that the U.S. needed to send a message to Russia to stop it, but “the president was very disinterested in it.” “You couldn’t talk to the president about Russia without...
    PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) - Trinidad and Tobago's opposition United National Congress (UNC) on Tuesday conceded defeat in last week's parliamentary elections after a partial recount, clearing the way for the swearing-in on Wednesday of the new government. Prime Minister Keith Rowley already claimed victory for the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) on Aug. 10 after official results showed it won 22 out of the 41 electoral seats in the energy-rich Caribbean country while the UNC won 19 seats. But the UNC called for a recount of five electoral seats, which nonetheless confirmed they had been won by its rival. "After some days of reflection and monitoring of the progress of the election recount process, I am satisfied that the people have spoken and that Dr. Rowley and his party shall form the new government of Trinidad and Tobago," UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said in a statement. Rowley faces...
    Louisiana’s top elections official has proposed an emergency plan for holding this fall’s elections during the COVID-19 pandemic that significantly scales back absentee mail-in options that were available during the summer. The plan will disappoint many Democrats and voting rights advocates who want to expand the ability to vote by mail, though it is more palatable to Republicans wary of mail-in voting and potential fraud. Legislative committees are scheduled to review the plan Wednesday and Thursday. During the election held July 11, 19 percent of Louisiana voters who participated voted absentee by mail. Most did not use any of the temporary reasons called for in the last emergency plan; instead, the vast majority were people age 65 and older who always are allowed to vote absentee, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Monday. But that 19 percent is still high by Louisiana standards, and the U.S. Postal...
    By Dawit Endeshaw ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday replaced the defence minister, his former ally Lemma Megersa, as part of a reshuffle ahead of elections in the heavily divided nation next year. Lemma was replaced by Kenea Yadeta, the former security chief of Oromiya region, Abiy's office said on Twitter. Nine other top officials were also replaced, including the attorney general, his deputy and the mining minister. Abiy has promised to hold the first free and fair elections in Africa's second most populous nation next year, but his democratic reforms have also unleashed ethnic divisions that frequently spill into violence. Lemma was once a trusted ally of Abiy but relations soured in November after he publicly criticised Abiy's decision to consolidate the ethnically based-parties in the ruling coalition into one political party, the Prosperity Party. Last week, Prosperity Party suspended Lemma's membership. Abiy's father and...
    Vladimir Putin has warned the world not to interfere in Belarus and told Angela Merkel that any intervention will be 'unacceptable' after the EU threatened sanctions. The Russian President spoke with the German Chancellor by telephone today following outcry in the West over the dubious election results and the ensuing crackdown on dissenters by strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.   It comes after Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said 'individuals who have instigated violence or election fraud' could be targeted by EU sanctions.   Putin has already offered to put boots on the ground in the allied country to maintain order, prompting Donald Trump to warn that the US is 'watching closely'.  Belarus has been rocked by days of mass protests since an August 9 election which saw Lukashenko, known as 'Europe's last dictator', claim victory with 80 per cent of the vote despite widespread allegations of cheating.  Vladimir Putin and resident of Belarus...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — So have you decided? Are you going to vote in person or use a mail in ballot? There is a lot of controversy swirling around mail in voting based on concerns about the postal service and questions raised by the President. But it’s the Coronavirus Pandemic that is driving the decision for many. A presidential election brings out a lot of people and the risk of COVID-19 exposure is daunting to many, especially those who are health compromised. So the key to sucessfully voting and having your vote count comes down to one word — EARLY, so says the Deputy Manager of the Elections Division of Allegheny County Chet Harhut. “The theme of this election is get things in early and do things early,” Harhut said. Harhut says absentee ballots are still available but you are better off to request a mail in ballot. “The rule surrounding...
    The Democratic Party is organizing its Convention this week. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be officially invested Thursday in an unprecedented way, a prelude to a presidential election like no other.
    1 of 2FILE - Singer Kanye West watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Utah Jazz during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Los Angeles. West has qualified to appear on Utah's ballot this November as an unaffiliated presidential candidate, an elections official said Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)1 of 2FILE - Singer Kanye West watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Utah Jazz during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Los Angeles. West has qualified to appear on Utah's ballot this November as an unaffiliated presidential candidate, an elections official said Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Utah’s ballot this November as an unaffiliated presidential...
    MinnPost photo by Annabelle MarcoviciAnswers to one Minneapolis ballot question will determine whether Minneapolis City Council elections will be decoupled from mayor elections after 2021.The Minneapolis Charter Commission’s decision earlier this month to continue reviewing an amendment proposal that would have started the process of dismantling the city’s police department means there won’t be anything about policing on city residents’ ballots come November.  But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any ballot questions.  There will actually be two questions asked of Minneapolis voters on Nov. 3. One is a procedural question that simply updates language in the city charter to mirror state law about special elections. The other is more substantial: It will determine whether council elections will be decoupled from mayor elections after 2021, when a state law requiring Minneapolis to hold City Council and Park and Recreation Board elections soon after city ward redistricting will force council members...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEWith millions of Floridians seeking to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic, postal officials have warned Secretary of State Laurel Lee that the state is at risk of having ballots go uncounted in the November presidential election. Florida, a battleground in the election, is among states that received alerts from U.S. Postal Service General Counsel Thomas Marshall late last month. The Washington Post reported Friday that Marshall cautioned 46 states, including Florida, that mail-in ballot policies conflict with the postal service’s delivery schedules. “This mismatch creates a risk that ballots requested near the deadline under state law will not be returned by mail in time to be counted under your laws as we understand them,” Marshall wrote to Lee on July 29, in a letter obtained Friday by The News Service of Florida. Certain Florida law “requirements and deadlines appear to be incompatible with the Postal Service’s delivery standards,”...
    The presidential campaign has crystallized in recent days around the American post office, the USPS, and reforms carried out with great speed by its new boss, Louis DeJoy. Several dozen people demonstrated outside his home in Washington on Saturday morning. “Stop removing voters” (“Stop voting suppression”) read a sign held up by one of them. Louis DeJoy, close to Donald Trump, is also one of the major donors to his campaign. The reforms he has undertaken to bring the post office’s accounts green have come under heavy criticism, suspected of actually being aimed at preventing postal voting for the November 3 presidential election. The opposition sees the hand of Donald Trump, candidate for re-election, who has been crying for months about the fraud announced if postal voting is more widely deployed this year than in the past due to the pandemic. “We can...
    MIAMI.- More than a million Democrats have voted by mail in the Florida primary, a crucial state that ends its early voting this Sunday. With 1,047,258 votes by mail for the primaries that elect candidates for local, state and federal offices next Tuesday in Florida for the elections on November 3, the Democrats surpass the 729,354 Republicans who have used this modality, according to today’s data from the Florida Division of Elections. However, in the early vote, that is, in person, which closes today in counties such as Miami-Dade, which enabled it two weeks ago, Republicans lead with 281,173 votes compared to 192,671 for Democrats. In this county, the most populous with about 21 million inhabitants and the epicenter of the pandemic, which this weekend exceeded 2,000 deaths due to COVID-19, more 103,847 Democrats have voted by mail, compared to 58,882 Republicans. Meanwhile, both parties are roughly tied for...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern delays national elections by 4 weeks due to coronavirus outbreak in Auckland. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Tens of thousands of Belarusian opposition supporters have gathered in Minsk this afternoon to join a 'March for Freedom' over President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election. Chanting 'Leave!', the protesters marched down Independence Avenue following an opposition call for the biggest rally yet in a week of demonstrations since the vote. Columns of demonstrators raised victory signs and held flowers and balloons. Many wore white, the colour that has come to symbolise the opposition movement. Those marching included a group of veteran paratroopers in uniform berets. Tens of thousands of Belarus opposition supporters attend a rally in central Minsk on August 16 A woman Belarus opposition supporter with a drawing of a former white-red-white flag of Belarus used in opposition to the government punches the air during a demonstration in central Minsk on August 16 'The elections were valid. There could not be more than 80 percent of...
    Universal mail-in voting is a hot topic right now. Nine states are currently planning on an almost all mail-in election in November; several of them, including Colorado, have already been holding elections that way. And others are exploring the issue, despite many concerns expressed by President Donald Trump. And while Senator Cory Gardner was elected by a mail-in ballot in Colorado, he, too, has expressed doubts — although not during public appearances. Instead, he did so during an August 5 telephone fundraiser, in response to a caller who asked: "My question is, if you guys are going to mail out all the ballots, and nobody has to vote with ID in the most important thing in our lives that we do is voting. Why on earth would we have to have a DMV? We don't need identification to drive. These are petty things. Buy alcohol, buy a gun. Why on earth...
    Hundreds of protesters led by activist group Shut Down DC demonstrated outside the residence of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Saturday morning. The protesters stuffed fake absentee ballots in DeJoy's apartment door and carried signs that read "Depose DeJoy" as they rallied outside his northwest D.C. condo. Protesters say they are outside Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s apartment building to protest his destructive leadership ahead of mass mail-in voting in the 2020 presidential [email protected] pic.twitter.com/i2RXEESefO— Kolbie Satterfield (@KolbieReports) August 15, 2020 Protesters are frustrated by reports that DeJoy decommissioned more than 670 USPS letter sorting machines ahead of the November general election. One sorting machine alone can process more than 35,000 letters an hour, and Postal Service officials have warned that removing them could create a serious problem amid an expected influx in mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus. The reduction in service capacity has drawn criticism from Democrats who...
    (CNN)Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Friday cast doubt on President Donald Trump's baseless claim that universal vote by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud. "I don't know of any evidence that voting by mail would increase voter fraud," the Utah Republican said during an online interview with the conservative think tank Sutherland Institute. Romney's comments on vote by mail is the senator's latest dissent with the President's views, as he is often the lone GOP voice critical of Trump's actions.The senator said that his "biggest concern" with voter fraud is potential hacking of US voting machines and systems, because fraudulent attempts using vote-by-mail can be prevented with physical ballots. Trump campaigns poll-watching plans spark fears of voter suppression"I've heard some people say they think that the reason the President doesn't want people to vote by mail is that polls show that people who want to vote by mail tend...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — With millions of Floridians seeking to vote-by-mail amid the coronavirus pandemic, postal officials have warned Secretary of State Laurel Lee that the state is at risk of having ballots go uncounted in the November presidential election. Florida, a battleground in the election, is among states that received alerts from U.S. Postal Service General Counsel Thomas Marshall late last month. The Washington Post reported Friday that Marshall cautioned 46 states, including Florida, that mail-in ballot policies conflict with the postal service’s delivery schedules. “This mismatch creates a risk that ballots requested near the deadline under state law will not be returned by mail in time to be counted under your laws as we understand them,” Marshall wrote to Lee on July 29, in a letter obtained Friday by The News Service of Florida. Certain Florida law “requirements and deadlines appear to be incompatible with the Postal Service’s delivery standards,” Marshall...