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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 »

Former Charlotte Mayor Commits Felony: He Voted

Patrick Cannon, as a convicted felon, is not allowed to cast a ballot in NC

(Newser) - Patrick Cannon, the former mayor of Charlotte, NC, participated in early voting last week—and he could be headed to prison as a result. The problem? Cannon has been convicted of corruption, a felony, and is already headed to prison on Nov. 18. Under North Carolina law, convicted felons can'... More »

Guy Jokes to Obama: 'Don't Touch My Girlfriend'

President gets a little razzing while voting in Chicago

(Newser) - President Obama cast an early ballot in the midterm elections during a visit to Chicago yesterday, and a bystander couldn't resist hamming it up. "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend," joked Mike Jones as Obama was voting. The president happened to be casting his ballot right... More »

Desperate for Voters, LA May Offer Cash Prize

City considers lottery-like incentive to cast your ballot

(Newser) - Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city's Ethics Commission voted unanimously yesterday to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote. Commission President Nathan Hochman... More »

DNA Used to Catch Man Voting Over and Over

Robert Monroe cast 5 ballots in Wisconsin recall vote: police

(Newser) - How convinced may Robert Monroe have been that his vote in the 2012 presidential election mattered? So much so that the Wisconsin man allegedly cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 then rented a car and drove some 250 miles to Lebanon, Ind., five days later, using... More »

Taliban Cuts Fingers Off Voters

Attacks kill dozens as voters defy threats

(Newser) - Voting in this weekend's presidential run-off poll in Afghanistan was "relatively peaceful," the BBC reports—but in Afghanistan, "relatively peaceful" can include Taliban attacks that killed more than 50 voters and mutilated nearly a dozen more. To prevent fraud, Afghans are required to dip a finger... More »

Danish Government Yanks Own Video Over Sex, Violence

'Voteman' character proved a little too graphic

(Newser) - It's a cartoon video made by the government designed to encourage young people to vote. Probably cheesy or hokey, you'd think? Try laden with sex (of the group variety, no less), violence (including a decapitation), and cartoon nudity. Meet "Voteman," a concoction of the Danish government.... More »

Colorado Secession Vote Is an Omen of Things to Come

Cultural divides increase odds of new states someday: Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - Don't expect the state of North Colorado to start forming tomorrow; even if Colorado counties pass a secession measure—and such measures do often pass—the US congress won't approve it. But the vote still points to a fracturing population, and in the Daily Beast , Michael Tomasky suggests... More »

The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On

Surveys show most of us believe in God, are OK with birth control

(Newser) - What can nine out of 10 Americans agree on? Survey says: not much. That's partly because the big polls such as Pew, Gallup, and the General Social Survey are designed to explore differences, not to document what unites the United States. Still, a few questions discover 90% agreement, or... More »

Lawmaker Keeps Voting— From the Grave

Russian voted 'aye' 31 times yesterday, after his death

(Newser) - A Russian lawmaker was so devoted to his job, even death couldn't stop him from doing it. Vyacheslav Osipov voted "aye" on 31 measures in parliament yesterday, the same day fellow legislators held a late-afternoon moment of silence for the newly deceased 75-year-old. The votes were made by... More »

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