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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 »

'Overwhelmed' Company Fails to Send Out Ballots

The media spotlight falls on Midwest Direct

(Newser) - A company tasked with supplying absentee ballots to counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania has kinda blown it—at least in some counties, so far. And the company, Midwest Direct, is unabashedly pro-Trump. "We have freedom to vote for who we want and support who we want," co-owner Richard... More »

Supreme Court Requires Change in State's Ballots

High court reinstates South Carolina's witness requirement

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated a requirement that South Carolina residents voting by mail in November’s election get a witness to sign their ballots, the AP reports. Democrats had sought to have the requirement put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Republicans had defended it as... More »

Florida Voter Caught Seeking Ballot for Dead Wife

Larry Wiggins is charged with a felony

(Newser) - A Florida man is in trouble after requesting a mail-in ballot for his dead wife, WFLA reports. Larry Wiggins was arrested Thursday in Manatee County and charged with requesting a mail-in ballot on behalf of another elector, a third-degree felony. His explanation? "I heard so much about ballots being... More »

Political Operatives Might Have Gone Too Far This Time

Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman are accused of masterminding 'fake' robocalls

(Newser) - A pair of right-wing operatives are facing serious charges in Michigan that could put them behind bars for years, the Washington Post reports. Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman—famed for their conspiracy theories and aggressive tactics—allegedly intimidated urban voters with robocalls designed to suppress mail-in voting. The calls targeted... More »

Official Explains Those 9 Discarded Military Ballots

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar calls them a 'bad error'

(Newser) - It looks like nine discarded military ballots were tossed out in Pennsylvania by mistake, the AP reports. The state's senior elections official said Wednesday that election workers in Luzerne County are still learning how to handle military mail-in and overseas ballots and goofed on this one. "The investigation... 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 »

Trump on Committing to Peaceful Power Transfer: We'll See

President complains, once again, about mail-in voting

(Newser) - President Trump on Wednesday declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election in November. "Well, we’re going to have to see what happens," Trump said when asked directly about the issue during a press conference, USA Today reports. "You know... More »

Official: Lawn Toilet Display Is a Crime

A Michigan resident suggested voters put mail-in ballots inside a toilet

(Newser) - A Michigan resident's apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official, the AP reports. The resident put a toilet on their lawn with a sign that says, "Place mail in ballots here." Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham... More »

Judge: Trump, Postal Service Are in Cahoots

Judge Stanley Bastian issues a nationwide injunction against the USPS 'leave behind' policy

(Newser) - A US judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them "a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service" before the November election, the AP reports. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction... More »

Voting in the 2020 Election Has Officially Begun

NC has started sending out mail-in ballots

(Newser) - Mail balloting was set to begin Friday in the presidential election as North Carolina starts sending out more than 600,000 ballots to voters—responding to a massive spike in requests that has played out across the country as voters look for a safer way to cast ballots during the... 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 »

Trump: To Test Absentee System, Try to Vote Twice

President was asked about North Carolina's absentee system

(Newser) - When asked by North Carolina news station WECT whether he was confident in the state's absentee voting system, President Trump on Wednesday appeared to suggest that, in order to test said system, voters should attempt to vote twice and see how it goes. His answer:
  • "Well, they'll
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What Looks Like a Landslide May End Up Being a 'Mirage'

Analytics firm says Trump could have big lead at first, then lose when mail ballots are counted

(Newser) - President Trump might well have a huge lead over Joe Biden when election night 2020 comes to a close, but that doesn't mean he'll win. A Democratic analytics firm warns Axios of what it calls a "red mirage" on Nov. 3. The issue is that most Republicans... More »

Trump: My Worry on Mail Voting Isn't With the USPS

President says elections officials won't be able to count all the ballots accurately

(Newser) - President Trump is still worried about a massive surge in mail-in voting . But in an interview with the Washington Examiner , he says his issue isn't with the US Postal Service. Instead, he argues that elections officials won't be able to accurately count all those mailed-in ballots. "It'... More »

USPS Chief Can't Name the Cost of a Postcard Stamp

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he knows 'very little about postage stamps'

(Newser) - Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday, and the United States Postal Service head couldn't answer certain questions ... about postage. While he correctly answered when asked the price of a first-class stamp, he responded "I don't know" when questioned about... More »

After the Primaries, an Ominous Sign on Mail-In Ballots

At least 500,000 rejected, signaling a possible 'mess' in the general, especially in swing states

(Newser) - All eyes are trained on Nov. 3, expected to be the most chaotic election in modern US history. Now, a new possible wrench that has some worried the battle may be prolonged way past Election Day, as well as about disenfranchisement. The Washington Post reports that nearly 535,000 mail-in... More »

Twitter Flags Trump Tweet About Mail Drop Boxes

He said, without evidence, that they 'make it possible for a person to vote multiple times'

(Newser) - Another of President Trump's tweets has had a warning slapped on it by Twitter. This time, the POTUS tweeted Sunday that "So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster. Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote... More »

Pelosi in Rare Saturday Session: 'Ignore' Trump

The speaker calls in lawmakers over Republican objections

(Newser) - The House is meeting for a rare Saturday session over mail delivery disruptions, poised to approve legislation that would reverse recent changes in US Postal Service operations and send $25 billion in emergency funds to shore up the agency ahead of the November election, the AP reports. Speaker Nancy Pelosi... More »

Cuomo Offers Way to 'Fix' Mail-In Ballots

New York state's governor says voters should be able to amend errors

(Newser) - Anticipating a wave of mail-in voting this fall, New York state will now give voters a chance to correct missing signatures and other clerical errors so their absentee ballots can be counted—but the exact provisions haven't yet been made public after last-minute negotiations between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and... More »

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