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'To Show His Support,' Trump Fan Cast Illegal Ballot

Bruce Bartman, 70, charged with voting as dead mother in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania supporter of President Trump has been charged with perjury and unlawful voting after allegedly casting a vote for his dead mother. Prosecutors say Bruce Bartman actually registered two dead women to vote as Republicans in Nether Providence Township in advance of the presidential election: his mother Elizabeth Bartman,...

Voting Machine Company Has Its Say Over Wild Claims

Sends legal letter to Sidney Powell likening her allegations to Big Foot and Loch Ness monster

(Newser) - The attorney pushing claims that voting machines were rigged in Joe Biden's favor might be facing a lawsuit in the near future. The New York Times reports that Dominion Voting Systems has sent Sidney Powell a scathing letter demanding that she publicly retract her "knowingly baseless and false...

Judge: You Can Analyze Those Voting Machines

Rudy Giuliani calls it a 'big win,' but that might not be true

(Newser) - A judge ruled Friday that forensic photos can be taken of Dominion vote tabulation machines in one Michigan county, a move hailed by Rudy Giuliani—although it's unrelated to the presidential election, the Detroit News reports. The judge said a voter had complained about three ballots allegedly being ignored...

New Trump Tweet Continues His Theme

'STOP THE COUNT,' he tweets, though counting continues in multiple states

(Newser) - President Trump's first tweet of the day on Thursday continued a familiar theme. "STOP THE COUNT!" he wrote , a reference to his campaign's efforts to halt counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The counting continued, however, in those states and others yet to be called—Nevada, Georgia,...

CDC to COVID Patients: Voting in Person A-OK

But do 'let poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine'

(Newser) - In a post Monday regarding how to vote in person while taking safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC said that people with the coronavirus are still free to head out to their local polling place Tuesday. "Voters have the right to vote, regardless of whether...

Judge Has Doubts but Won't Toss Out Drive-Thru Votes

Republicans who filed suit say Texas county could decide who wins the election

(Newser) - A federal judge on Monday rejected another last-ditch Republican effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic. The lawsuit was brought by conservative Texas activists who oppose expanded voting access in Harris County, where a record...

This Pit Stop Wasn't in Pregnant Woman's Birth Plan

Florida woman in labor made husband stop so she could vote on their way to hospital

(Newser) - "Florida Woman" definitely trumps "Florida Man"—at least in the case of a pregnant woman in Orange County who wasn't about to miss her chance to vote in this election. While some people have flown hundreds of miles to exercise their right to vote, this unidentified...

Paul Rudd Had Sweet Surprise for Voters Waiting in Rain

Actor handed out cookies in Brooklyn

(Newser) - Paul Rudd apparently just can't stop doing adorable things . The latest? The actor was spotted handing out cookies to people waiting in line for early voting in New York City, per the Hollywood Reporter . "I want to say thank you for coming out and doing your part and...

Here's Where the Ballot Count Stands

Early votes so far equal 51% of those counted in the 2016 election

(Newser) - Some 138 million Americans voted in the 2016 election. More than half that number have already voted this year, according to the US Elections Project . It's "a record-breaking pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in percentage terms in more than a century," Reuters reports,...

Trump: I'm Voting in Person

President will practice what he's been preaching

(Newser) - President Trump is taking his own advice and plans to vote in person in the presidential election on Saturday in Florida, the AP reports. Trump is heading to his home state Friday for campaign rallies at The Villages and in Pensacola. He’s scheduled to spend the night at his...

Big First for Time Magazine's Cover

For first time in magazine's nearly 100-year history, cover doesn't say 'Time' at the top, but 'Vote'

(Newser) - As long early-voting lines continue during an election already well underway, one magazine has put out what Mediaite calls a "very straightforward message" on the topic. On its latest cover , Time magazine features a picture of a person wearing a face mask, as well as a Time first at...

Funeral Homes Want to Give Older Americans a Ride

They plan to drive up to 300K people to the polls on Election Day

(Newser) - Some old voters could ride in style to the polls on Election Day, thanks to an offer from ... funeral homes. The National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association expects to offer free rides to up to 300,000 people nationwide on Nov. 3, including in Baltimore, Miami, Detroit, Los Angeles, and...

California Ballot Box Apparently Set on Fire

More than 200 ballots were impacted

(Newser) - Authorities believe a California ballot box was set on fire in Los Angeles Sunday night. The ballots inside were, obviously, damaged; the Guardian reports firefighters had to spray water into the box to extinguish the blaze, then cut the box open with a chainsaw to get the ballots out. The...

GOP Loses at Supreme Court on State's Ballot Extension

Pennsylvania party says voters are requesting far more Democratic ballots

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea. The justices divided 4-4 on Monday, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling allowing election officials to receive and count ballots until Nov. 6, even if they...

'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...

State's GOP Accused of Setting Up Illegal Ballot Drop Boxes

Calif.'s Republican Party is trying to claim it's legal 'ballot harvesting,' but SecState is pushing back

(Newser) - Ballot drop boxes are popping up at churches, gun shops, candidate HQs, and local GOP party offices in three California counties, which would seem on the surface to offer voters lots of options for getting their vote counted. The problem is, these ballot boxes aren't official, and California's...

Shaq Makes Confession About His Vote: 'No Excuse'

Basketball Hall of Famer admits he voted for the first time ever

(Newser) - There's a first time for everything, and for one 48-year-old ex-NBA star this year, that's voting. On the Wednesday edition of his Big Podcast With Shaq , Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal admitted he'd never cast a vote before this election, and that he finally had,...

Judge Blocks Texas Governor's Order on Ballot Drop-Offs

Greg Abbott had mandated just one ballot drop-off site per county, drawing cries of voter suppression

(Newser) - Last week, cries of voter suppression arose after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that limited mail-in ballot drop-off locations to just one per county throughout the state. Now, a federal judge has blocked that order, noting that it puts an unacceptable burden on more vulnerable voters in...

Facebook Braces for Voter Intimidation

The social media giant will ban 'militarized language' in calls for poll watchers

(Newser) - Facebook said it's readied new safeguards for the 2020 US elections that have it better prepared to deal with candidates who prematurely declare victory or contest official results and the possibility of voter intimidation by alleged—and potentially armed—"poll watchers," the AP reports. In the former...

Voting Rights Groups Sue to Extend Florida Deadline

They say 7 hours added after website crashed wasn't long enough

(Newser) - Florida extended its voter registration deadline after the massive volume of requests caused the website to crash—but voting rights groups said the 7-hour extension was nowhere near long enough. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee said Tuesday that she had reopened registration from noon to 7pm following Monday's...

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