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In Texas, Cries of Voter Suppression

Governor's order limits ballot drop-off sites to 1 per county

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday limiting ballot drop-off locations to one per county in what one county clerk says is "a deliberate attempt to manipulate the election." Harris County, encompassing Houston and some 4.7 million residents, planned 12 drop-off sites following an executive... More »

Huge Lead Emerges in Mail Voting

But it's far too early for Democrats to celebrate

(Newser) - Republicans are concerned by a wide Democratic lead in mail voting, according to the Washington Post , which reports Democrats have requested the majority of mail ballots in the battleground states of Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, and Iowa. Democrats represent 52% of the more than 9 million voters who've... More »

New Voting Controversy Emerges: 'Naked Ballots'

Pennsylvania also investigating improperly tossed absentee ballots from military members

(Newser) - The battleground state of Pennsylvania is dealing with two controversies related to mail voting—one involving "naked ballots" and the other involving nine absentee ballots sent in by members of the military that were opened by mistake. Seven in the latter group were later found in a dumpster, and... More »

McEnany Answers Whether Trump Would Leave Office

Senate passes resolution calling for handing over power the way the Constitution says to

(Newser) - After President Trump declined to promise he'd participate in a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election in November, his press secretary took on the question. "The president will accept the result of a free and fair election," Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Thursday. "He... More »

Trump Loses Suit Against Mail Voting Law

Counties will start sending ballots out Thursday

(Newser) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from President Trump's reelection campaign challenging Nevada's new vote-by-mail law, saying the campaign failed to show how it could be harmed by the law. The campaign, which has filed lawsuits in several states over voting rules, had asked the judge to... More »

Court Ruling in Pennsylvania Is Good News for Biden

Green Party candidate won't be on the ballot, and those ballots can now be printed

(Newser) - The Green Party's candidate for president did not strictly follow procedures for getting on Pennsylvania's ballot in the November election and cannot appear on it, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, delivering a win for Democrats as Joe Biden tries to capture the battleground state's electoral votes,... More »

1K Georgia Voters Cast Two Ballots

They're now facing felony charges

(Newser) - About 1,000 people in Georgia are facing felony charges for voting in the state's June primary. The problem is they voted twice, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . The issue revolves around mail voting, says Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Roughly 150,000 people who requested a mail... More »

Press Chief: Trump Isn't Advocating 'Anything Unlawful'

Kayleigh McEnany says president doesn't want people to vote twice

(Newser) - The White House is pushing back against the allegation that President Trump is encouraging people to break the law by voting twice. "The president is not suggesting anyone do anything unlawful," press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News Thursday, per Mediaite . "What he said very clearly... More »

Another State Shifts to a Mail Election

New Jersey is the latest

(Newser) - New Jersey will move to a nearly all-mail election this November following the model the state used in its July primary, per the AP . Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said Friday that all registered voters will get a ballot beginning Oct. 5 along with a prepaid return envelope. The state,... More »

USPS Warns 46 States of Mail-In Voting Trouble

Current deadlines are too tight, says postal service

(Newser) - The mail-in voting controversy is intensifying. The Washington Post reports that the US Postal Service has warned 46 states and DC that trouble is looming—the USPS can't guarantee all ballots cast by mail would arrive back in time to be counted. The reason is because current deadlines for... More »

Biden Slams Trump's New Remarks on Post Office

President opposes additional funding to help agency cope with influx of mail ballots

(Newser) - President Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the US Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said on the Fox Business Network that among the... More »

Supreme Court Rules Against GOP in State's Mail Voting

Rhode Island is allowed to keep relaxed rules in place to make process easier

(Newser) - A Supreme Court ruling on Thursday means that it will remain easier than usual for people in Rhode Island to vote by mail in the November election. In an unsigned order , the justices kept emergency rules in place that allow people to cast their ballots without the signatures of two... More »

Postmaster Reveals an Agency Shakeup

DeJoy also says USPS has 'ample capacity' to handle mail voting

(Newser) - The US Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency—hit hard by the pandemic—piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years, per the AP . But the new postmaster general, Louis... More »

Trump Reverses Himself on Voting by Mail, Kind Of

President says it's fine to do in Florida

(Newser) - President Trump is OK with voting by mail ... in one state, at least. "Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True," he tweeted Tuesday. "Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we... More »

Trump Hints at Executive Order on Mail Voting

President says election count could be delayed 2 months because of absentee ballots

(Newser) - President Trump escalated his criticism of mail balloting in a big way on Monday, first in a press conference in which he hinted at using executive action to curtail it and also in an interview. Coverage:
  • Two months: In a sit-down with Axios on HBO , Trump said widespread mail voting
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Tuesday's Vote Offers Key Progressive Tests

Challenges in New York and Kentucky on the rise after nationwide protests

(Newser) - Primaries in a handful of states were underway Tuesday, most notably in Kentucky and New York. But if previous 2020 primaries are any guide, don't hold your breath waiting for results. An unprecedented deluge of mail-in ballots is expected to cause delays, which could be a harbinger of things... More »

Trump Pushes New Theme on Mail-In Voting

He and William Barr say foreign governments could rig ballots

(Newser) - President Trump has been arguing for a while that mail-in voting is vulnerable to fraud, and he pushed a new theme on that front in not-so-subtle terms Monday. In an all-caps tweet , he warned: "RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS.... More »

Trump Cites His 'Biggest Risk' in Election

Voting by mail, he tells Politico in interview

(Newser) - President Trump says he's worried about one thing above all others when it comes to his reelection: voting by mail. In an interview with Politico , he reiterated his view that widespread use of the practice will lead to fraud. "My biggest risk is that we don't win... More »

Judge Says All State's Voters Must Have Postal Option

Tennessee judge calls limits an 'unreasonable burden' on the right to vote

(Newser) - Tennessee must give all of its 4.1 million registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state's limits on absentee voting during the pandemic constitute "an unreasonable burden on... More »

White House Press Chief Defends Own Votes by Mail

Absentee voting is fine, says Kayleigh McEnany, but mail-in voting for no reason is not

(Newser) - President Trump has been on a tear against the idea of letting people vote by mail because he says it's prone to fraud. Consequently, his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has been making a similar argument against mail ballots. But the Tampa Bay Times dug up an interesting nugget about... More »

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