Tag Archives: voter suppression

Trailer Park To Tenants: Rent Will Double If Biden Wins

Denver’s NBC News affiliate reports: The landlord of a trailer park in Fort Morgan allegedly sent a note to residents warning rent would most likely double in price if Joe Biden becomes President. 9NEWS received several emails from Fort Morgan residents concerned about the legality of the letter, calling it a form of voter suppression. The Colorado Secretary of State’s …

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Data Shows 21,000 Polling Places Eliminated In 2020

Vice News reports: Almost 21,000 Election Day polling places have been eliminated heading into the 2020 U.S. election, a drastic dip in voting locations driven by a heavy shift to mail voting, coronavirus-related consolidations, cost-cutting measures, and voter suppression. VICE News obtained data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., on the number of physical polling locations they will have …

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SCOTUS Rejects GOP Ploy On PA Absentee Ballots

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea. The justices divided 4-4 Monday, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed election officials to receive and count ballots until Nov. 6, even if they don’t have a clear postmark. Republicans, …

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Georgians Smash Early Voting Records Despite Lines

Atlanta’s CBS News affiliate reports: Georgia voters turned out in record numbers just five days into early voting for the 2020 election. As of noon on October 17, the total number of ballots cast for the 2020 election was 1,373,208. According to the Georgia Secretary of State, that is a 134% increase from early voting during the first five days …

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DeSantis Moves To Screw With Ballot Drop Boxes

The Tampa Bays Times reports: Late guidance from the Florida Department of State could upend some counties’ plans for providing mail ballot drop boxes — only days before the start of early voting in the 2020 general election. A Wednesday memo from the department’s general counsel, Brad McVay, to the state’s 67 supervisors of elections explained the state’s interpretation of …

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Court: NC Absentee Ballots Need Witness Signature

Reuters reports: A federal judge late on Wednesday ruled that absentee ballots in the presidential battleground state of North Carolina must have a witness signature, a boost for Republican groups seeking to enforce stricter rules on mail-in voting. U.S. District Judge William Osteen in Greensboro issued an injunction essentially barring voters from being able to “fix” an absentee ballot they …

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Trump Wins IA Court Battle Over 70K Absentee Ballots

The New York Times reports: While President Trump hit the trail on Wednesday night in Des Moines, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in his favor, determining that the state’s top election official had the authority to invalidate about 70,000 absentee ballot applications because they had been filled out in advance with voters’ personal information. The ruling upheld a contentious directive …

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TX Gov Wins Appeals Court Battle On Drop Boxes

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas counties may collect mail-in ballots at only one location, a federal appeals court ruled late Monday, once again upholding an order from Gov. Greg Abbott that restricts voting options. Abbott in July acted to lengthen the early voting period and allow voters to deliver completed absentee ballots in person for longer than the normal period. …

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GOP Loses Bid To Limit MN Count Of Absentee Ballots

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge has upheld a Minnesota state court agreement that allows the counting of absentee ballots received up to seven days after Election Day. Republicans had asked U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel to block the seven-day extension that said ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be counted. Brasel ruled late Sunday night that …

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Right Wingers Put Out Fake Drop Boxes In California

The Orange County Register reports: In a photo posted to social media last week, a young man wearing a mask with Orange County congressional candidate Michelle Steel’s name on it is holding a mail ballot and giving a thumbs up next to a box about the size of a file cabinet labeled “Official ballot drop off box.” The post, from …

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Appeals Court Reinstates Ohio Limit On Drop Boxes

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: A federal appeals court has agreed to reinstate Ohio’s limit on ballot drop boxes at least temporarily while it considers whether to make a more permanent ruling on the case. U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Richard Griffin and Amul Thapar in an order Friday night sharply criticized a Thursday decision from a federal …

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Trump Loses Court Battle To Ban Drop Boxes In PA

PBS reports: A federal judge in Pennsylvania has rejected a suit from President Donald Trump’s campaign that sought to bar use of mail ballot drop boxes across the state. The boxes were first used in this year’s primary and were deployed to keep up with unprecedented demand for mail-in voting. But in June, the Trump campaign sued the state of …

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Court Rules Against Texas Gov On Limiting Drop Boxes

Reuters reports: A U.S. federal judge blocked on Friday an order from Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott limiting the number of drop-off sites allowed for absentee ballots statewide to just one per county, a constraint Democrats denounced as blatant voter suppression. Abbott’s Oct. 1 absentee voter proclamation, which he said was aimed at preventing election fraud, required the closure of …

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Ohio GOP Loses Bid To Limit Drop Boxes, Will Appeal

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports: Ohio county boards of elections can offer off-site drop boxes and collection of voters’ absentee ballots, a federal judge ruled today. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster blocked Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s order, which prohibited off-site drop boxes. But the Republican elections chief will appeal. Democrats and voting right advocates pushed for more drop box …

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DeSantis Wins Court Battle To Stop Voter Registrations

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge has denied a motion to extend voter registration in Florida even though a computer meltdown on the final day of registration might have prevented thousands of potential voters from taking part in November’s presidential election. In a 29-page ruling on Friday morning, U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker said his decision was …

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DeSantis Fights Order To Extend FL Voter Registration

Politico reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his chief election official said the state has no reason to extend a voter registration deadline and that doing so would undermine the public’s faith in the upcoming presidential election. The argument was made late Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, where civil rights groups are suing after …

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Texas Wins Court Fight To Suppress Voting In Houston

The Texas Tribune reports: The elections administrator of the state’s most populous county, an important Democratic stronghold, may not send out applications for mail-in ballots to all 2.4 million of the county’s registered voters, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a rebuke of County Clerk Chris Hollins, whose office has worked to expand voting options beyond what is …

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SCOTUS Revives Witness Rule For SC Absentee Ballots

The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court on Monday mostly reinstated a South Carolina law that requires absentee ballots to be accompanied by a witness’s signature. Lower courts had blocked the law, saying it interfered with the right to vote during a pandemic. The Supreme Court made an exception for ballots cast before it acted and received by election …

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Texas Gov Sued Over Removal Of Ballot Drop Boxes

The Wall Street Journal reports: Civil-rights and voter-advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block an order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that dramatically reduced the number of drop-off locations for mail ballots. The lawsuit filed late Thursday could be the first of many legal challenges against Mr. Abbott’s order that assigns just one drop-off location in each …

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South Carolina GOP Petitions SCOTUS To Reinstate Witness Signature Requirement For Mail-In Ballots

The Washington Post reports: South Carolina Republicans asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reinstate the witness signature requirement for mail ballots ahead of the November election, extending the legal turmoil over the rule even as tens of thousands of ballots have been sent to voters across the state. The request to the high court comes after the U.S. Court …

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