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Voter-Fraud Commission May Have Broken Law

Letter to states asking for voter data apparently didn't go through proper channels

(Newser) - President Trump has long contended that "millions" of illegal voters marred the November election, despite no evidence to support that belief, and the commission he's approved to shake out voter fraud has been hitting some roadblocks. The latest obstacle: the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity may have... More »

GOP: Trump Is Screwing Everything Up for Us

Party members fear Trump will cost them seats in the House and Senate

(Newser) - Jeb Bush has floated the idea of Donald Trump being a Hillary Clinton plant to help her take the White House, and seemingly never-ending Trump controversies might have Republicans starting to believe it. Politico reports that GOP leaders are stressing out about the negative impact that Trump's candidacy is... More »

Saudi Women Rock the Voter Registration for First Time

Historic moment as women prepare to cast ballots in December elections

(Newser) - Not unusual: A well-known businessperson and a schoolteacher registered to vote Sunday in Saudi Arabia's municipal elections in December. Unusual: that they were both women. Jamal Al-Saadi and Safinaz Abu Al-Shamat earned the honors of being the first two females ever in the kingdom to register (Saadi in Medina,... More »

Israel Votes, but Little Mystery Over Who Will Win

Netanyahu almost certain to be re-elected, but voters turning out

(Newser) - It's election day in Israel, but there's not a lot of intrigue: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is almost certain to win another term, although his ticket (a joint ticket combining his conservative Likud Party with the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu) could lose as many as 10 of the seats... More »

Allende Grandkid Wins Chile Mayor Race

Maya Fernandez Allende sweeps to victory in leftist wave

(Newser) - The granddaughter of Chile's late socialist leader Salvador Allende has won her first major political election. The victory of Maya Fernandez Allende, who will now be mayor in Nunoa, came as leftist parties regained lost ground in municipal elections across the nation. Allende, a veterinarian, grew up in Cuba... More »

Syria Heads to the Polls

But opposition decries elections as sham

(Newser) - Even as violence continues in Syria despite last month’s ceasefire, voters today headed for the polls for a parliamentary election that the government insists is a sign of political reform. But the opposition calls it a sham: "All of this is a theater show,” one man tells... More »

How Mega Millions Can Save Our Political System

Combine Election Day with a lottery: Norman Ornstein

(Newser) - Nearly half the adult population of the US took part in last month's Mega Millions lottery, giving Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute an idea on how to "transform" our political system: Enter voters in a lottery. If people have the chance to win big by voting,... More »

Slovakia Leftists Heading for Big Win

Elections give leftist party first majority in Slovakia history

(Newser) - Slovakia's leftist opposition appears headed toward a big win in yesterday's elections, reports the AP . With most of the votes counted, the Smer-Social Democracy party has taken 44.8% of the vote, enough for 84 of the 150-seat parliament. If the lead holds up, it will be the... More »

Congo Polling Stations Attacked

Violence mars start of elections

(Newser) - Today’s presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo have gotten off to a violent start. Reuters reports that masked gunmen fired on one polling station in Lubumbashi, while locals burned down three others in a neighboring province. The AFP reports 15 burned polling stations in that... More »

Party's Over Conservatives, Prepare for Battle

2011 elections show the midterm wave is over: Krauthammer

(Newser) - Charles Krauthammer thinks the 2011 elections were a clear warning to conservatives: “The 2010 party is over. 2012 will be a struggle,” he writes in the Washington Post . In Ohio voters easily rejected a law limiting public sector unions—though they also voted against the individual health care... More »

Ohio Election Worker Bites Voter's Nose

Cops seeking Cleveland poll monitor

(Newser) - Cops in Cleveland are looking for a rogue poll monitor who attacked a voter who attempted to intervene in a dispute with a campaign worker. The poll supervisor "was trying to intimidate a woman who was less than 5 feet tall and he's probably 6 feet," said... More »

The Biggest Issues, Races on Today's Ballots

Lawmakers will be watching closely for clues to voter mood heading into 2012

(Newser) - It’s Election Day, and the AP rounds up the most important (or just plain interesting) contests and issues around the country:
  • Governorships: They’re up for grabs in Mississippi and Kentucky, but in both states the incumbent party (Republican in the former; Democrat in the latter) is expected to
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An Arab Spring First: Tunisia Votes

But many parties face accusations of shady financing

(Newser) - With Tunisians voting today in the Middle East's first elections since the dawn of the Arab Spring, analysts and citizens alike are looking to the vote for a sense of where Tunisia and democracy in the region might be heading, reports the AP . Tunisia's 7.5 million voters... More »

Tunisian President Dissolves Government Amid Riots

12 killed in protests last night

(Newser) - Amid huge riots over poverty, Tunisia’s president has decided to dismiss his government, the AP reports. President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali intends to call legislative elections in 6 months, earlier than planned. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters calling for Ben Ali’s resignation continued to demonstrate in the capital,... More »

Southern Sudan Votes, Could Spawn New Nation

Referendum to end decades of sectarian violence

(Newser) - Millions flock to the polls in southern Sudan today for a historic election that could give birth to a new nation, reports the Washington Post . The nation's 22-year-old civil war ended in 2005 with some 2 million casualties, but the violence continued, made worse by a sectarian divide, with the... More »

Did Chatty Michelle Break Voting Laws?

Conservative watchdog slams first lady's 'technical violation'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama may have violated Illinois election laws by seeking support for her husband’s agenda at a Chicago polling station, holds the Daily Caller . The first lady was talking with voters, and reportedly urged them to support said agenda—but state laws ban political discussion near polling places, the... More »

Democrats Plan 'Political Triage'

Party studies polls to pick races it can win

(Newser) - Ahead of November's elections, the Democrats are studying poll data and searching for races they can win, finds the New York Times . This system of "political triage" will see party funds pulled from long-shot races and funneled to stronger candidates. Nancy Pelosi also asked candidates in safe districts to... More »

Election Season to Blame for Mosque Uproar: Imam

Feisal Abdul Rauf wants peace

(Newser) - Why all this controversy over the so-called Ground Zero mosque? The imam behind it thinks he knows. "There is no doubt that the election season has had a major impact upon the nature of the discourse," he tells an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper. Numerous conservative candidates are indeed opposing... More »

Fearing Election Losses, Berlusconi Calls Rival Ugly

Italian PM lashes out as polls put his party at disadvantage

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi is getting nasty over the prospect of his party losing seats in this weekend's regional elections, and he's aiming his fury at the media, judges, and…the governor of the Piemonte region? “You know why Bresso is always in a bad mood?” said Berlusconi about the 65-year-old... More »

Economic Fury Is the New Culture War

Deficits were the rallying cry for yesterday's winners

(Newser) - "Conservatives have supposedly gotten their groove back," Peter Beinart writes about the results of yesterday's state races, "but it's not the same old groove." The candidates who won—or almost won—downplayed social issues and focused on the economy, which Beinart calls the “new culture... More »

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