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Michelle Obama Unveils New Voting Project

Celebrity-backed nonprofit to encourage voter registration

(Newser) - Michelle Obama has come out of the woodwork ahead of the November midterms. The goal: rally people to vote. The former first lady has joined forces with celebs like Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda to launch voter registration nonprofit When We All Vote, which aims to get more people registered... More »

Conservative George Will's Push: Vote Dems in Midterms

Columnist rips on Paul Ryan, 'louts' Stephen Miller and Corey Lewandowski

(Newser) - George Will quit the Republican Party two years ago due to Donald Trump's candidacy. Now the conservative columnist is pushing a new strategy: to topple the GOP in the midterms. In a Washington Post op-ed with the explicit title "Vote Against the GOP in November," Will cites... More »

Big Move in One State Could Keep Trump Off 2020 Ballot

Rhode Island bill would make all presidential hopefuls release tax returns to get on ballot

(Newser) - Gayle Goldin wants to make sure future presidential candidates fully reveal any potential conflicts of interest. That's why the Democratic state senator from Rhode Island is now sponsoring a bill that would require Oval Office hopefuls to release five years' worth of tax returns—meaning President Trump could see... More »

March for Our Lives Group Makes Big Announcement

60-day bus tour kicks off June 15 to register young voters and promote gun law reform

(Newser) - Some of the most high-profile Parkland survivors hinted over the weekend at something big coming down the pike, and that news has just dropped. Axios reports the March for Our Lives activist group, which includes Marjorie Stoneman Douglas students David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and Jaclyn Corin, will be conducting a... More »

She Didn't Even Want to Vote. Now She's Going to Jail for It

Convicted felon who'd been on supervised release says she didn't know she couldn't vote

(Newser) - Crystal Mason cast her vote in the 2016 presidential election just like millions of other Americans—but unlike millions of other Americans, the Texas woman was a convicted felon, and on Wednesday she was sentenced to five years for that vote in Tarrant County. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Mason,... More »

Finally Tally in Pivotal Race in Virginia: 11,608 to 11,607

Lawmaker wins recount by one vote, ending GOP control of House of Delegates

(Newser) - Cue up the old standard about "every vote counts." In Virginia, a recount has just flipped a seat in the House of Delegates to the Democrats, bringing to an end GOP control of that chamber after 17 years. But incredibly, the margin of victory for Shelly Simonds was... More »

Chris Christie Gets in Argument With Constituent Outside Polls

Salon calls it 'most Christie way possible' to say goodbye to voters

(Newser) - Chris Christie still has a couple more months as governor of New Jersey, but on the day his eventual successor was elected , Christie offered what Salon calls a pretty fitting goodbye to voters in his state. While chatting with reporters outside his local polling site Tuesday, Christie was approached by... More »

California Shakes Up 2020 Primary Contests

State will now vote on Super Tuesday

(Newser) - Super Tuesday, the jam-packed day of presidential primary voting every four years, may get supercharged in 2020 with California joining the pack, bringing along its prize of the most delegates. Gov. Jerry Brown gave his stamp of approval Wednesday to a measure pushing California's primary up to the beginning... More »

Looks Like Kushner Made a Voting Gaffe

2009 voter registration form said he was a woman

(Newser) - Jared Kushner isn't only facing criticism for his use of a private email address to conduct government business, but also his apparent failure to accurately fill out his voter registration form. As discovered by liberal research group American Bridge, Kushner's 2009 registration with the New York State Board... More »

SCOTUS: Texas' Disputed Voting Map Can Stay

At least until SCOTUS reviews case at a later date

(Newser) - Texas likely won't be forced to redraw electoral districts a court found were intentionally designed to weaken the influence of minority voters before the 2018 midterm elections. In a 5-4 decision along partisan lines Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted a request from Texas that it keep its congressional map,... More »

Millennials, Gen Xers Overtake Baby Boomers in Voting

Baby boomers are no longer majority of American voters

(Newser) - The baby-boomer stranglehold on American elections has ended. While baby boomers still make up the largest voting block—35% of all votes cast in the 2016 general election—they are no longer the majority of voters, Courthouse News reports. According to an analysis from the Pew Research Center, millennials and... More »

Trump Voter Fraud Expert Registered in 3 States

'Why would I know or care?' Gregg Phillips says

(Newser) - A man who President Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the AP has learned. Gregg Phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president , was... More »

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 »

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