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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 »

Guy's City Council Race in Tie After Wife Doesn't Vote

'I didn't think one vote would matter,' candidate says

(Newser) - They say every vote counts, but how often does that actually turn out to be true? In Walton, Kentucky, it most definitely held true on Tuesday—and probably in the weirdest way possible. When Robert McDonald's wife—who works nights and is also going to school and raising three... More »

Man 'Dies' While Voting —Then Asks, 'Did I Vote?'

Michigan man stops breathing while filling out his ballot

(Newser) - A man who nearly died while casting his ballot Monday had only one concern upon being revived: "Did I vote?" A nearby nurse rushed to the elderly man's aid when he stopped breathing at a township office in southern Michigan, reports the Detroit News . After CPR, he came... More »

Voter Turnout Down From 2008

Blame Sandy and the nasty political climate

(Newser) - Early figures suggest that fewer voters showed up to cast a ballot yesterday than in 2008, despite long lines at the polls, reports the AP . Vermont saw a decline in turnout greater than 14%, and South Carolina and Mississippi were nearly as large. In most states, numbers look lower than... More »

New Jersey's Electronic Voting a Total 'Disaster'

Displaced residents have trouble receiving, submitting ballots

(Newser) - ABC News doesn't pull any punches when it comes to describing New Jersey's electronic voting experiment : It "failed." Voters in the state who were displaced by superstorm Sandy were allowed to vote via email or fax—or try to. Election office staffers took as long... More »

Robocall to Florida Voters: Vote Tomorrow

And more voting problems

(Newser) - Hopefully Pinellas County residents weren't paying too much attention to robocalls they received this morning telling them they had until 7pm tomorrow to vote. The polls actually close tonight, of course, and anyone trying to vote tomorrow won't have their ballot accepted. But more than 12,000 calls... More »

Woman in Labor Picks Voting Over Hospital

Galicia Malone waited until polling place opened

(Newser) - Safe to say that Galicia Malone was more committed to voting today than most. The 21-year-old Illinois woman was so determined to vote in her first presidential election that, when she went into labor at 3am, she insisted on waiting until she could get to her polling place before going... More »

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