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Goof in Virginia Leads to New Voter Registration Deadline

A cable was severed Tuesday, taking down the online voter registration system

(Newser) - A federal judge has extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state's online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable . Wednesday's order by US District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. in Richmond is an effort to make... More »

On State's Final Day of Voter Registration, a Big Gaffe

Fiber optic cable is accidentally cut, shutting down Virginia's online voter registration

(Newser) - A severed fiber optic cable shut down Virginia's online voter registration system Tuesday, the last day to register before the November general election, per the AP . The Virginia Department of Elections said in statement that a “fiber cut” was affecting connectivity for multiple agencies, including the citizen portal... More »

In 3 Key States, a Narrowing Gap

GOP leads voter registrations in Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania

(Newser) - The Biden campaign is starting door-to-door canvassing just as data shows the Trump campaign leads in securing new voter registrations in closely watched states. There are still more people registered as Democrats than Republicans in Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina—all states the president won by less than five points... More »

Voter Form Arrives in Time —for Cody, a Dead Cat

'How did this happen? It's not reality,' says owner Carol Tims

(Newser) - An Atlanta family says they received a voter registration form in the mail Wednesday—for their cat, Cody Tims, who died 12 years ago. "A great cat, indoor and outdoor, loved his family, loved his neighborhood. He was 18 and a half when he passed away," Carol Tims... More »

Michelle Obama Pushes for Expansion of Mail-in Voting

'No American should have to choose between making their voice heard and staying safe'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's voting rights group has joined a new push to expand voting-by-mail options as lockdown measures extend further into election season. The group, When We All Vote, is supporting Democratic legislation that would require states to offer absentee voting to all voters. This is the first time the... More »

Florida Voters Were Registered Falsely as Republicans: Charges

Woman faces 10 felony counts

(Newser) - A woman in Florida faces charges after officials said she registered voters as Republicans without their consent. Cheryl Hall was working for Florida First, the New York Times reports. The group is bankrolled by an organization that backs President Trump, America First Policies. Hall was charged Thursday with 10 felony... More »

Why Bloomberg Is Spending Up to $20M in These 5 States

He's funding a voter registration drive designed to weaken Trump's reelection chances

(Newser) - As he moves toward a presidential announcement, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is rolling out plans to spend an estimated $15 million to $20 million on a voter registration drive designed to weaken President Trump’s reelection chances in five battleground states. News of the large investment, confirmed by Bloomberg’... More »

Teen Turns Fast-Food Line Into an Opportunity

David Ledbetter registered 16 people to vote as they waited at Popeyes

(Newser) - When Popeyes added a fried chicken sandwich to its menu recently, one North Carolina teen made his way there ... and registered voters. As WCNC reports, David Ledbetter, who at 17 is not yet old enough to vote himself, wanted to get others involved after noticing "a lack of young... More »

Gillum Thinks He Knows How to Take Florida From Trump

And it involves six zeroes

(Newser) - President Trump narrowly won Florida in 2016 with around 113,000 more votes than Hillary Clinton—and it's a lead former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum wants to obliterate in 2020. The Democrat is launching a massive voter registration drive in the state, CBS reports. "We are going to... More »

Ariana Grande Opens Tour With ... Voter Registration

Star joins nonpartisan group that works with musicians

(Newser) - Ariana Grande launched her "Sweetener" world tour on Monday night with a concert that included singalong hits, wardrobe changes—and voter registration. Head Count, a nonpartisan organization that teams with musicians on democracy initiatives, is signing up new voters on the 51-show tour, CBS News reports. The nonprofit has... More »

Already-Hot Georgia Governor's Race Just Got Hotter

GOP candidate Kemp says his office investigating state Democrats over alleged voter hack

(Newser) - If you thought the race for Georgia governor had gotten testy enough , welcome to an even testier Sunday: The office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate, announced overnight that it is investigating a "failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system," specifically, "... More »

'Give Me My Phone Back, Senator'

David Perdue seemed to have not liked a query on voter suppression while visiting Georgia Tech

(Newser) - As controversy continues to swirl around the Brian Kemp-Stacey Abrams gubernatorial faceoff in Georgia, a senator campaigning for Kemp created one of his own. Kemp, who's currently Georgia's secretary of state, has been accused of trying to purge voter rolls ahead of the November election, and a Georgia... 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 »

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 »

Bernie Sanders Backers Sue Over 'Mass Confusion' in California

It all has to do with 'no party preference' voters

(Newser) - "There's mass confusion," William Simpich tells the Los Angeles Times . He's the attorney who on Friday filed a federal lawsuit over California's Democratic presidential primary, and the particulars of the case are a bit confusing as well. When Californians elect California officials, they can vote... 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 »

Hillary Clinton Wants to Change the Way We Vote

GOP is trying to disenfranchise millions, she says

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton says she wants to make voting easier and that Republicans—especially Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and Scott Walker—have been doing their best to make it harder. In a speech in Houston yesterday, she called for sweeping moves to expand voting access, including 20 days of... More »

Jeb Bush Registered to Vote as 'Hispanic'

Bush spokeswoman can't really explain why that happened

(Newser) - Jeb Bush seems to have erred in filling out his 2009 voter-registration application in Miami-Dade County—specifically in the "Race/Ethnicity" field, which he checked "Hispanic," the New York Times reports. The Times notes Bush's deep ties to the Hispanic community—including his Mexican wife, his fluent... More »

Oregon Takes Bold Voter Registration Step

Anyone who has interacted with DMV since 2013 will be automatically registered

(Newser) - Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step yesterday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote. Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of registration on the state instead of voters:... More »

Supreme Court Affirms NC's Tight Voting Rules

Same-day registration won't be allowed, justices rule

(Newser) - Same-day registration won't be allowed during early voting in North Carolina, and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won't be counted this fall after the US Supreme Court today blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law. A majority on the... More »

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