Coronavirus could heavily disrupt election processes. States should prepare by adopting vote-by-mail

Coronavirus could heavily disrupt election processes. States should prepare by adopting vote-by-mail

Daily Kos: As the coronavirus outbreak increasingly becomes a pandemic, schools, public events, and public services are shutting down as government authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control urge people to distance themselves from those who could spread the disease ...
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It’s Time to Protect the 2020 Election, Too

It’s Time to Protect the 2020 Election, Too

Voting by mail is key to ensuring the integrity and accessibility of November’s vote. New York Times Editorial Board: There is no good time for a pandemic to hit. Still, it’s hard to imagine a more vulnerable moment than the ...
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Calls for vote-by-mail rise with stay-at-home orders

Calls for vote-by-mail rise with stay-at-home orders

CNN: Election officials and voting rights groups are calling for a general move to an all vote-by-mail system for remaining primaries and the November general election as the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to shut down major cities and states ...
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Mail voting could secure the November election. But can election officials make it happen in time?

Mail voting could secure the November election. But can election officials make it happen in time?

Washington Post: The rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic has forced election officials to consider a sobering reality: The crisis could run headlong into November’s presidential election, and revamping America’s voting systems before then could be difficult and in some cases impossible ...
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Americans should not have to choose between their health and democracy

Americans should not have to choose between their health and democracy

Washington Post Editorial: ELECTIONS IN the United States have traditionally been marked by vigorous get-out-the-vote campaigns by candidates who leave no stone unturned in the effort to get voters to the polls. But that was not so on Tuesday amid ...
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Why vote-by-mail may not save our elections from the virus’ disruption

Why vote-by-mail may not save our elections from the virus’ disruption

Two lawmakers have proposed expanding mail-in voting to address health concerns. But that would inject new risks into an already unsettled election. Politico: The spreading coronavirus is starting to create a difficult choice for the nation’s election supervisors: force people ...
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Voting by Mail Is the Hot New Idea. Is There Time to Make It Work?

Voting by Mail Is the Hot New Idea. Is There Time to Make It Work?

The coronavirus has left states rapidly searching for ways to protect democracy’s most sacred institution. New York Times: In Wisconsin, Democrats sued elections officials to extend voting deadlines. In Rhode Island, the secretary of state wants all 788,000 registered voters ...
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Here’s how to guarantee coronavirus won’t disrupt our elections

Here’s how to guarantee coronavirus won’t disrupt our elections

By Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden, Washington Post: The coronavirus has brought unprecedented disruptions to the daily lives of Americans. Something as commonplace as walking into the grocery store is a troubling reminder that the world is facing a challenge that most ...
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How to Protect the Election From Coronavirus: Let everyone vote by mail.

How to Protect the Election From Coronavirus: Let everyone vote by mail.

By Dale Ho, director of the Voting Rights Project at the A.C.L.U.: As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about during this election season — from Russian interference to meltdown scenarios like blackouts — the coronavirus pandemic has ...
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Voting by mail, already on the rise, may get a $500 million federal boost from coronavirus fears

Voting by mail, already on the rise, may get a $500 million federal boost from coronavirus fears

Washington Post: Sen. Ron Wyden (D) is proposing $500 million of federal funding to help states prepare for possible voting disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Wyden’s bill also would give Americans the option to vote by mail in case ...
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Another reason to worry: Coronavirus could upend our election

Another reason to worry: Coronavirus could upend our election

Greg Sargent, Washington Post: As if there weren’t enough to worry about already, it’s becoming clear that coronavirus could wreak untold havoc in an area that’s only beginning to garner attention: our coming presidential election. This is already happening in ...
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American Law Institute issues report on Early & Absentee Voting and Resolution of a Disputed Presidential Election

American Law Institute issues report on Early & Absentee Voting and Resolution of a Disputed Presidential Election

The American Law Institute has released its updated Principles of the Law, Election Administration: Non-Precinct Voting and Resolution of Ballot-Counting Disputes, Part I: Principles of Non-Precinct Voting: Early In-Person Voting and Absentee Voting and Part III: Procedures for the Resolution ...
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Ohio Secretary of State blames Postal Service for absentee ballot problem

Ohio Secretary of State blames Postal Service for absentee ballot problem

ABC13: Hundreds of voters in northwest Ohio say they have not received their absentee ballots in the mail. The problem starts seems to start at the mail sorting center in Pontiac, Michigan. The ballots were sent from Lucas, Wood and five ...
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USA Today: Better hope the election's not close

USA Today: Better hope the election’s not close

USA Today: Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged’ system don’t bode well if the vote count goes into overtime and Clinton eventually wins….Read More ...
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Voting Early, and in Droves: Nearly 22 Million Ballots Are Already In

Voting Early, and in Droves: Nearly 22 Million Ballots Are Already In

New York Times: With nine days until the general election, almost 22 million people have already voted, through early voting and absentee ballots. In many states, the number of early voters is lower than at the same point in the ...
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1,500 absentee ballot requests found in Rock Island, IL post office

1,500 absentee ballot requests found in Rock Island, IL post office

Dispatch-Argus: Authorities want to know why more than 1,500 absentee ballot applications in Rock Island County  in Illinois were not collected and returned to the county clerk’s office. Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee on Friday afternoon confirmed the ...
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Hundreds of absentee ballots missing in Ohio

Hundreds of absentee ballots missing in Ohio

ABC13: Hundreds of absentee ballots are missing from several counties in Northwest Ohio. Now an investigation is underway to figure out what happened. Those ballots were requested by voters and sent out by county boards of elections in early October ...
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Trump Melts Down And Accuses The US Postal Service Of Stealing The Election For Clinton

Trump Melts Down And Accuses The US Postal Service Of Stealing The Election For Clinton

PoliticusUSA: At a rally in Golden, CO, Trump said: I have real problems with ballots being sent. Does that make sense? Like people saying, “Oh, here’s a ballot. Here’s another ballot. Throw it away. Oh, here’s one I like. We’ll ...
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Trump Suggests That Election Officials Will Throw Away Mail-In Ballots

Trump Suggests That Election Officials Will Throw Away Mail-In Ballots

Talking Points Memo: Donald Trump suggested in a speech at a Colorado rally on Saturday that election officials will throw away mail-in ballots if they don’t “like” them. “I have real problems with ballots being sent,” Trump said, according to ...
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‘New reality’ of vote-by-mail includes delays and problems with postmarks

‘New reality’ of vote-by-mail includes delays and problems with postmarks

News Tribune: The U.S. Postal Service isn’t delivering mail as quickly as it used to, and elections officials say that has the potential to disrupt voting-by-mail in the first presidential election since the service changes took effect last year. First-class ...
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Americans Love Early Voting, And It Might Help Clinton

Americans Love Early Voting, And It Might Help Clinton

FiveThirtyEight: Early voting is already underway in many states, and this election season offers more opportunities than ever for voters to cast a ballot ahead of Election Day. Massachusetts and Minnesota, for example, are offering newly expanded early voting options, and other states ...
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This Is How Early Voting Became a Thing

This Is How Early Voting Became a Thing

Time: Some people who couldn’t vote on Election Day were lying in order to get absentee ballots. On Monday, six states started offering early in-person voting, and by week’s end, 12 states plus the District of Columbia will have rolled out early ...
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Little-known change to Wisconsin voting law could affect voters who plan to mail in absentee ballots this November

Little-known change to Wisconsin voting law could affect voters who plan to mail in absentee ballots this November

Wisconsin State Journal: Voters who mail in their absentee ballots have an earlier deadline to do so this year under a new state law that took effect last month. Under the law the absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on ...
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For many Americans, Election Day is already here

For many Americans, Election Day is already here

Pew Research Center: Election Day is less than three weeks away, but for millions of Americans it’s already arrived. More than 4 million voters already have cast early, absentee and mail-in ballots, and if the trend of recent presidential election cycles continues, the ...
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NPR: A Complete Guide To Early And Absentee Voting

NPR: A Complete Guide To Early And Absentee Voting

NPR: For those who can’t wait to get this election over with, there’s good news — early voting is starting. The bad news: That only applies to you if you live in one of 37 states that offer some kind of ...
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