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'Crazy' Voting Numbers May Yield a US First

Majority might cast ballots before Election Day for the first time

(Newser) - Nearly 21 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 election, a record-shattering avalanche of early votes amid the pandemic. The 20.8 million ballots submitted as of Friday afternoon represent 15% of all the votes cast in the 2016 presidential election, the AP reports, even as eight states... More »

Early Voting Data Is 'Just Nuts'

With 3.8M votes cast, expert predicts highest voter turnout in a century

(Newser) - Almost 4 million Americans have already cast a ballot in the November election, according to an expert tracking early voting data, who is now predicting the highest voter turnout in a century, per Reuters . With a month to go until Election Day, some 3.8 million Americans in 31 states... More »

'Something Special' Is Happening With Early Voting

'Unprecedented' numbers are coming out to cast their ballots ahead of Nov. 6

(Newser) - There's still a little less than a week left before Election Day proper, but the number of early votes already in exceeds the entire nationwide total of such votes from 2014. NBC News reports that 24,024,621 early or absentee votes were cast as of Wednesday in the... More »

Trump Has Already Filed Lawsuit Contesting Votes

And promptly had it thrown out by a Nevada judge

(Newser) - Donald Trump still isn't saying if he'll accept the results of the election, but a lawsuit filed by his campaign's lawyers—and promptly tossed by a judge—Tuesday in Nevada may give an indication. CNN reports the Trump campaign is suing Clark County's registrar of voters;... More »

Get 'More Accurate' Real-Time Early Voting Results Here

Updating models show Clinton with lead in 7 swing states

(Newser) - Let's be honest, you weren't going to get any work done today anyway. So why not spend the rest of Election Day feverishly updating Slate's VoteCastr . VoteCastr is tracking early voting in seven swing states in a way Slate claims is both new and "far more... More »

Trump May Have Awoken a 'Sleeping Giant'

And that could spell trouble for him

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have woken up what pollsters call a "sleeping giant"—and it's not planning on voting for him. As the campaigns enter their final day, the Washington Post reports that there are signs that the Latino voter turnout is set to break records, and much... More »

Trump Urges Early Voters to Change Their Votes

Which you can do in 4 states

(Newser) - With less than a week to go until Election Day, Hillary Clinton is spending her time on attack instead of defense. At a rally in Florida Tuesday night, she made no mention of her emails, but she slammed Donald Trump as "the poster boy for everything wrong with our... More »

NC Voter ID Law Runs Into Roadblock: the DOJ

Eric Holder to announce lawsuit today: source

(Newser) - North Carolina passed a controversial voter ID law in July, but if the Department of Justice has its way, the law—said to be the most sweeping of its kind in the nation—may never be enforced. The DOJ will file suit against the state today, a source tells Politico... More »

Ex-GOP: Florida Voting Law Was Designed to Hurt Dems

Charlie Crist, Jim Greer accuse GOP of electoral sabotage

(Newser) - Florida Republicans intentionally crafted a new early voting law to keep Democratic voters from getting to the polls, according to GOP advisers and former GOP officials. Republican leaders said they designed the law—which added to chaos at the polls —to fight voter fraud and save money, but former... 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 »

Early-Voting Row Causes Chaos in Florida

Dems sue to extend GOP-shortened voting

(Newser) - There were chaotic scenes outside Miami-Dade County election headquarters yesterday after voting was abruptly shut down as hundreds of people waited in line. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Republican, ordered a halt to voting after discovering that his deputy mayor had agreed to the election supervisor's request to allow... More »

Why Vote Early? Biden's Top 10

You may get a free cheeseburger...

(Newser) - Joe Biden appeared on Letterman last night by way of a taped appearance, and Politico notes he closed by telling Dave, "I hope to hell you voted." The same likely goes for you, America, and should you need a little convincing, Biden is up for the challenge. He... More »

Presidential Campaigns Set to Resume

Mitt back on trail today, Obama following suit tomorrow

(Newser) - With Election Day less than a week away, President Obama and Mitt Romney are preparing to get back on the campaign trail—or at least those parts of it not flooded by superstorm Sandy.
  • Romney resumes his campaign schedule today with three rallies in Florida, while Obama will start campaigning
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Hurricane Sends Partisan Attacks Packing

Softer tone as Obama hunkers down, Romney cancels stops

(Newser) - Unlike much of the East Coast, the presidential campaign hasn't been shut down by Hurricane Sandy. But the dynamics of the race have changed significantly, with President Obama in crisis mode in Washington and Mitt Romney canceling events "out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the... More »

40% May Vote Early This Year

Obama holds sizable advantage so far

(Newser) - A record number of votes will be cast this year before Election Day rolls around, predicts Reuters . It quotes political scientists who think the figure will be somewhere around 35% to 40%—and once again, the trend looks to favor President Obama. He's up 54-39 among early voters so... More »

Supreme Court Refuses to Block Early Voting in Ohio

High court rejects GOP petition to intervene

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is siding with Democrats in refusing to block early voting in the battleground state of Ohio. The court today refused a Republican request to get involved in a dispute over early voting in the state on the three days before Election Day. The Obama campaign and Ohio... More »

Judge Orders Ohio to Lift Early Voting Ban

State had tried to block voting for non-troops in three days before election

(Newser) - A federal judge today struck down a new Ohio law that forbids early voting in the three days before Election Day for non-military voters, the Toledo Blade reports. Ohio has long allowed voters to cast absentee ballots by mail or in person starting 35 days before the election, but the... More »

Ohio Voting Official: Why Accommodate Blacks?

GOP official calls for 'fair and reasonable' voting hours

(Newser) - An Ohio Republican Party county chair who also happens to be an elections board member wants voting to be "fair and reasonable"—but his definition of "fair" isn't likely to sit well with many voters. Amid controversy in the state over the decision to kill some... More »

Court Strikes Down Florida Early Voting Law

Court rules that it discriminates against minorities

(Newser) - A federal court yesterday ruled that a new Florida law restricting early voting would not be implemented in the five historically black districts covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 5 of the Act allows the government to review election laws in places with a history of racial... More »

America Risks a Return to 'Jim Crow Voting Laws'

States are rigging the 2012 election: EJ Dionne Jr.

(Newser) - After electing its first African American president—thanks in part to a surge of new voters—the US is in danger of seeing “a subtle return of Jim Crow voting laws,” writes EJ Dionne Jr. in the Washington Post . New laws being passed here, supposedly to prevent voter... More »

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