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Kaepernick Cripples His Own Message by Not Voting

Quarterback takes flak for skipping Election Day

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick blew it by not voting on Tuesday, writes Melissa Jacobs at Sports Illustrated . His take-a-knee protests of police brutality during the national anthem have been "gutsy" and "heroic," she writes, but his decision to skip Election Day is a "huge miss." The NFL... More »

George W. Bush Reveals Vote (He Didn't Do What Dad Did)

It wasn't a vote for Clinton—but it wasn't a vote for Trump, either

(Newser) - Neither of the Bush presidents voted for the GOP nominee in Election 2016—but while No. 41 reportedly opted to cast his ballot for Hillary Clinton , No. 43 took a different route. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, "voted 'None of the Above' for president," spokesman... More »

Clinton Wins in First Town to Report Results

Romney, Johnson tied for 3rd in Dixville Notch, NH

(Newser) - The election is over in tiny Dixville Notch—and it did not go well for Donald Trump. With all eight votes counted in the New Hampshire town, traditionally the first in the US to report election results, Hillary Clinton has four votes to two for Donald Trump. Gary Johnson and,... More »

Feds Investigating Fake Documents Targeting Clinton

Officials warn Russian meddling won't end with election

(Newser) - Moscow is on a mission to meddle in the election, and it could continue even after Election Day, American officials warn. Officials tell the Washington Post that Russian intelligence services may try to create doubt about the legitimacy of the results, possibly faking evidence of vote-rigging if Donald Trump loses... More »

Justin Timberlake's Voting Selfie Could Land Him in Jail

He'd be the 1st person prosecuted under a new Tenn. law

(Newser) - Justin Timberlake rocked the vote Monday in Memphis, but he could soon be rocking a prison cell thanks to a Tennessee law that prohibits taking pictures or videos inside polling stations, TMZ reports. According to CNN , the superstar flew to his hometown Monday to vote, taking a selfie in front... More »

Giuliani on 'Rigged' Election: Dead Folks Vote Democrat

Former NYC mayor alleges voter fraud is going to happen in inner cities to help Clinton

(Newser) - Dead men may not wear plaid, but they do vote for Hillary Clinton—at least according to Rudy Giuliani. Donald Trump is convinced the presidential election is rigged , and the former NYC mayor, one of his top surrogates, think he knows who's coming out of the woodwork to help... More »

Good News, NH: You Can Take Ballot Selfies Again

Federal court says ban infringes on 1st Amendment rights to 'core political speech'

(Newser) - If you live in New Hampshire and want to take a picture of your Election Day ballot to post on Facebook so your friends can argue over your judgment, that's your call. So says a federal appeals court that overturned a ban on ballot selfies, ruling that the 2014... More »

It's Here: Early Voting in 2016 Race Has Begun

As of Friday, North Carolina is accepting absentee ballots

(Newser) - Determining the fate of the US presidency officially kicks off Friday. North Carolina is the first of 37 states and DC to open up advance balloting so voters can, as the AP puts it, "be done with the 2016 presidential race." North Carolinians can now send in absentee... More »

'Bernie 2.0' Can't Be Revolution Just for Democrats

Needs to keep up his 'call to action against a rigged political system'

(Newser) - John Opdycke, writing in the Hill , knows what he wants to see out of "Bernie 2.0," and it isn't for Sanders to become the Democratic Party's "official in-house radical." Opdycke says Sanders needs to decide whether "this a 'what' revolution or... More »

Don't Even Think of Taking a Selfie in a WVa Voting Booth

It's technically illegal, and they'll (somehow) be watching

(Newser) - If you want to share your voting experience on social media, you'll have to find some way other than taking a photo in the voting booth in West Virginia: Natalie Tennant, the secretary of state there, says such selfies are forbidden, the AP reports. The Charleston Gazette-Mail points out... More »

There Might Be a Better Way for Us to Vote

How about an 'electoral jury' of our peers?

(Newser) - In an op-ed piece about whether it's necessarily a good thing to have everybody vote in national elections, a Notre Dame professor takes a look at a provocative counter-proposal: an "electoral jury" system. The idea would be to randomly select a representative jury of several thousand people or... More »

Anderson Cooper Says How He's Voting, Shocks Howard Stern

CNN host gives Howard Stern a surprise

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper doesn't think he's voting in the 2016 elections—and doesn't think other reporters should either, Mediaite reports. "I don’t think I’m gonna vote," the CNN reporter said Monday on the Howard Stern Show. "I don’t think reporters should vote.... More »

DoJ Investigating Long Lines 'Fiasco' in Ariz. Primary

Complaints allege unacceptable waiting times in minority-heavy areas

(Newser) - Long lines at polling sites in Arizona's March 22 primary led Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to call the night a "fiasco"—and the Justice Department to now investigate whether there were civil rights violations regarding what Stanton called "unacceptably disparate distribution of polling locations," Reuters... More »

How Mexico Hopes to Stop Trump From Winning

Consulates are hosting free workshops across the US

(Newser) - As Donald Trump talks about building a "big beautiful wall" on the southern US border, Mexico is apparently hatching plans to prevent a Trump presidency. While Mexico officially refuses to interfere in the election, Mexican diplomats in the US are helping Mexican permanent residents fast-track to US citizenship by... More »

Sanders Sues Ohio Over 17-Year-Olds' Right to Vote

But Ohio's secretary of state says the law is 'crystal clear' they're not allowed

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' campaign has filed a suit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, accusing him of unlawfully trying to keep 17-year-olds from voting in Tuesday's primary, CNN reports. "The secretary of state has decided to disenfranchise people who are 17 but will be 18 by the day... More »

140K Kentucky Felons Now Have the Right to Vote

Steven Beshear wants to help nonviolent felons transition back into regular life

(Newser) - Only three states have a lifetime voting ban for all felons who can't get a gubernatorial exemption, and now that number's been knocked down to two. As one of his last moves in office, outgoing Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday that grants voting rights... More »

Group Will Give $10K to Random Voter

'Icky' Philadelphia scheme aims to boost turnout

(Newser) - A nonprofit group is throwing in $10,000 to sweeten the deal for potential voters in Philadelphia for whom the joy of taking part in democracy might not be enough. Voter turnout in the city has been declining for a long time and sank to just 27% in a mayoral... More »

Trump Hasn't Voted in Last 6 Elections

He's also given more money to Democratic candidates than Republicans

(Newser) - When it comes to voting for Donald Trump, the man himself would rather you not follow his track record. Records seen by the National Review show Trump hasn't voted in the past six presidential-primary elections, including in 2000, 2004, and 2012 when he considered a run for president. He... More »

Indiana Bill Would Allow Dead People to Vote

Current law nullifies their absentee ballots

(Newser) - Just because your heart's not beating shouldn't mean your vote doesn't count, according to lawmakers in Indiana. The House Elections Committee in the state is considering changing a law that nullifies absentee ballots cast by voters who die before Election Day, reports the AP . Rep. Matt Pierce... More »

Man Told He Can't Vote ... Because He's Dead

Michigan's Dale Hopfinger, 48, is actually very much alive

(Newser) - You'll often run into annoying little delays at the polls on election night: long lines, broken levers, software issues, being told you can't vote because you're dead. That last hindrance threatened to stop Dale Hopfinger from handing in his ballot on Nov. 4 in Lee Township, Mich.... More »

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