Tag Archives: voting by mail

GOP Vermont Gov Signs Universal Vote-By-Mail Bill

VT Digger reports: Universal mail-in voting is now a permanent feature of Vermont’s general elections, under legislation that Gov. Phil Scott signed Monday. Now, local officials will be required to mail ballots to all registered voters in the weeks leading up to the November general elections, as they did in fall 2020. The state decided to automatically send ballots to …

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Florida Republicans Move To Restrict Mail Ballots

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: While Florida received praise from all corners for its nearly flawless performance on election night, which included getting mail-in ballots counted before nearly any other state, lawmakers are looking to make it harder to get a mail ballot and harder to get those ballots submitted. Republican Sen. Dennis Baxley’s [photo] SB90, which would require people to …

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GOP Cultists Have Intro’d 250+ Voter Suppression Bills

The New York Times reports: Led by loyalists who embrace former President Donald J. Trump’s baseless claims of a stolen election, Republicans in state legislatures nationwide are mounting extraordinary efforts to change the rules of voting and representation — and enhance their own political clout. At the top of those efforts is a slew of bills raising new barriers to …

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Trump’s Attacks On Voting By Mail Cost Him Georgia

Bloomberg News reports: The Republican secretary of state in Georgia said he believes that President Donald Trump cost himself votes with his campaign to undermine mail-in voting. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Trump’s frequent and unsubstantiated accusations of mail-in voting fraud likely contributed to 24,500 people who voted in the state’s Republican primary not voting in the Nov. 3 …

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USPS Defies Order To Sweep For Undelivered Ballots

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. Postal Service turned down a federal judge’s order late Tuesday afternoon to sweep mail processing facilities serving 15 states, saying instead it would stick to its own inspection schedule. The judge’s order came after the agency disclosed that more than 300,000 ballots nationwide could not be traced. The agency cautioned that number was likely …

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Trump Camp Loses Court Battle On PA Mail-In Ballots

Law & Crime reports: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday sided with the state’s top election official, unanimously ruling that counties in the battleground state cannot reject mail-in ballots based on a perceived discrepancy in the signature on the ballot and the corresponding signature on the voter’s registration form. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign challenged that guidance in federal court, …

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Trump Loses Court Battle Against NJ Mail-In Ballots

Bloomberg News reports: A federal judge late on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from President Trump’s re-election campaign to block New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) plan to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters as a safety precaution during the pandemic. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp wrote that the plaintiffs claims that unsolicited mail-in ballots would lead to rampant illegal …

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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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AK High Court Boots Witness Law For Absentee Ballots

The Anchorage Daily News reports: Alaskans do not need to have a second person sign their absentee ballots, the Alaska Supreme Court said on Monday, confirming a lower-court decision. A record number of Alaskans are voting absentee this year, and “improper or insufficient witnessing” has consistently been the top reason for rejected absentee ballots during the past few primary elections, …

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Snoop Dogg Partners With Dems: “Drop It In The Box”

NBC News reports: Rap icon Snoop Dogg has launched a campaign to urge voters to get their 2020 Presidential Election mail-in ballots to area drop boxes in plenty of time. In a new 60-second ad as part of the Democratic National Committee, Snoop Dogg delivers the message with a slight remix of his 2004 hit song, “Drop It Like It’s …

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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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Early Voting Numbers Suggest All-Time Record Turnout

Reuters reports: Americans are rushing to cast ballots ahead of the November election at an unprecedented pace, early voting numbers show, indicating a possible record turnout for the showdown between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden. With four weeks to go before Election Day Nov. 3, more than 3.8 million Americans already have voted, far surpassing about 75,000 …

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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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GOP Panicked Over Avalanche Of Dem Mail Ballots

The Washington Post reports: Democratic voters who have requested mail ballots — and returned them — greatly outnumber Republicans so far in key battleground states, causing alarm among GOP party leaders and strategists that President Trump’s attacks on mail voting could be hurting the party’s prospects to retain the White House and the Senate this year. Of the more than …

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POLL: 66% Don’t Expect Result On Election Night

Politico reports: Most voters believe they’ll have to wait past election night to find out whether President Donald Trump or Joe Biden has won the 2020 race, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. The poll found that just 20 percent of voters said that they believed the winner of the presidential election will be called on election night, while …

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GOP Asks SCOTUS To Shorten PA Ballot Counting

The Washington Post reports: Pennsylvania’s Republican legislative leaders asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to stop a decision by the state’s high court to count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in Democrats’ favor on a number of mail-voting rules: permitting voters to turn in ballots via drop box in …

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Kimberly Guilfoyle Robocalls Lies About Mail Voting

CNN reports: Robocalls sent by Trump surrogates Kimberly Guilfoyle and the President’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump are encouraging Republican voters to use absentee ballots to vote in November, calling them one of the “best ways” to support President Trump in November. Both calls attempt to draw a false distinction between absentee voting and other forms of mail-in voting. Guilfoyle’s call goes …

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GOP To Petition SCOTUS On Pennsylvania Mail Ballots

Roll Call reports: Republicans plan to ask the Supreme Court to review a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the due date for mail ballots in the key battleground state, teeing up the first test for the Supreme Court since the death of its liberal leader Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The GOP legal strategy, which was revealed in a …

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Federal Court Rules Wisconsin Mail Ballots Postmarked By Election Day Shall Be Counted Up To Six Days Later

Law & Crime reports: A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled on Monday that absentee ballots postmarked as mailed on or before Nov. 3—namely, Election Day—shall be counted up to six days later. U.S. District Judge William Conley issued a series of election-related orders that favored the Democratic National Committee plaintiffs while allowing the Commissioners of the Wisconsin Election Commission and …

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