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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Gaming the Six-Week Election Day

Gaming the Six-Week Election Day

Bloomberg News: Early voting has transformed political campaigning. Here’s how it may play out in Iowa, Nevada, and North Carolina. Election Day starts this week. Beginning on Sept. 23, any Minnesotan can go to a local election office and complete an ...
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Questions about postal voting

Questions about postal voting

Election Updates: Since the origins of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project in 2000, the VTP has noted a number of concerns about postal voting.  Our original report in 2001 noted that postal voting represents clear tradeoffs, with benefits including convenience, but with potential ...
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How do Americans who live abroad vote?

How do Americans who live abroad vote?

Mother Nature Network: If you look at the rest of the developed world, voter turnout in the United States is low, according to the Pew Research Center. Among 35 of its closest peers, the U.S. ranks 31st in voter turnout, according ...
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Postal Service Urges Voters to Mail Ballots Early

Postal Service Urges Voters to Mail Ballots Early

USPS: Millions of ballots are expected to be mailed during the election season this fall, and the U.S. Postal Service is encouraging voters to mail early. With voting beginning in some states in September and continuing through early November, all ...
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Is convenience subverting election process?

Is convenience subverting election process?

J. Robert Parkinson, Herald Tribune: No one opens a business until sufficient plans have been made. A pilot won’t take off until the pre-check has been completed. Surgery doesn’t start until all the tests are confirmed. In each of these cases, ...
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Why wait? Vote early.

Why wait? Vote early.

Martinsville Bulletin: If you are tired of this election season and would like to get it over with, chances are you can do your part a little early. Virginia is not one of the 15 states where most voters cast ...
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What If: Could Clinton win it before Election Day

What If: Could Clinton win it before Election Day

Associated Press: Election Day isn’t what it used to be. The presidential winner may be all but known by then, thanks to early voting. Beginning Friday, residents in North Carolina can submit absentee mail-in ballots — the first of 37 ...
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Millions more to face new voting restrictions in 2016

Millions more to face new voting restrictions in 2016

Philly.com: With the presidential election less than three months away, millions of Americans will be navigating new requirements for voting – if they can vote at all – as state leaders implement dozens of new restrictions that could make it more ...
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Federal reports on military voting often flawed

Federal reports on military voting often flawed

Nondoc: When Americans vote for president in November, many of the 1.4 million active-duty U.S. military personnel stationed or deployed overseas will not know whether their absentee ballots have reached their home states to be counted. The federal Election Assistance ...
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Does All Voting Happen on Election Day? Think Again

Does All Voting Happen on Election Day? Think Again

ABC News: Voters in tightly contested North Carolina have seen the presidential candidates and their surrogates a lot this summer. What helps make the state such a political hot spot is that voting begins before anywhere else. Election officials begin mailing ...
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Early Voting Dictates a New Clinton Campaign Structure

Early Voting Dictates a New Clinton Campaign Structure

Bloomberg News: Campaigns in the past were structured around the map. But Hillary’s campaign is built around the calendar. For years, presidential campaigns seeking to divide the country into manageable chunks have turned to geography. National parties assign political directors ...
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How to Vote in Every State, A Series of Videos About the Rules to Vote in Each US State and Territory

How to Vote in Every State, A Series of Videos About the Rules to Vote in Each US State and Territory

Laughing SquidHow to Vote in Every State is a series of videos by Hank and John Green that easily lays out the rules of voting in each state in the United States. The series also has videos explaining the rules for voting in Washington D.C., United ...
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Google's search engine directs voters to the ballot box

Google’s search engine directs voters to the ballot box

Associated Press: Google is pulling another lever on its influential search engine in an effort to boost voter turnout in November’s U.S. presidential election. Beginning Tuesday, Google will provide a summary box detailing state voting laws at the top of the ...
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Early Voting Limits Donald Trump’s Time to Turn Campaign Around

Early Voting Limits Donald Trump’s Time to Turn Campaign Around

New York Times: Advisers to Donald J. Trump keep reassuring Republicans that there is still plenty of time to rescue his candidacy — nearly three months to counter Hillary Clinton’s vast operation in swing states and get Mr. Trump on message. The Trump team ...
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Utah lawmaker Brown blames USPS, sues over his 9-vote primary loss

Utah lawmaker Brown blames USPS, sues over his 9-vote primary loss

Salt Lake Tribune: State Rep. Mel Brown — who lost his GOP primary by nine votes — asked the Utah Supreme Court on Monday to order the state to count 70 ballots that were never opened because officials say they ...
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NYT Op-ed: The Election Won’t Be Rigged. But It Could Be Hacked.

NYT Op-ed: The Election Won’t Be Rigged. But It Could Be Hacked.

NY Times:  In my old workplace, right next to the comfortable couches where we would take breaks, we kept a voting machine. Instead of using the screen to pick our preferred candidate, we played Pac-Man. We sent Pac-Man’s familiar yellow ...
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As early voting looms, Donald Trump is running out of time

As early voting looms, Donald Trump is running out of time

Washington Examiner: Voting in the presidential election begins in September, giving Republican Donald Trump less time to turn things around than supporters might assume. Election Day is Nov. 8 — a full 88 days away. But absentee voting begins in ...
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Voters have three ways to have a say on Election Day

Voters have three ways to have a say on Election Day

Sun Sentinel: Long before campaigning stops, voting has already begun in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Voters opting to vote by mail have started receiving their absentee ballots, even as a flood of candidate mailers are still filling mailboxes. And ...
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California State police reviewing allegations of voter fraud in Palm Beach County

California State police reviewing allegations of voter fraud in Palm Beach County

Sun Sentinel: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reviewing allegations that fraudulent mail-in ballot requests have been submitted in Palm Beach County for the upcoming primaries, agency spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said Friday. Questions about a practice known as ballot ...
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It's in the mail: First Florida primary ballots headed to overseas voters

It’s in the mail: First Florida primary ballots headed to overseas voters

Tampa Bay Times: It’s seven weeks before primary election day in Florida, but the first wave of primary ballots is in the mail to voters living or stationed in dozens of countries overseas. By law, those ballots, many headed to ...
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Officials investigating if absentee ballots were on USPS truck that caught fire

Officials investigating if absentee ballots were on USPS truck that caught fire

WXYZ: The Ypsilanti Township (MI) Clerk says it is unlikely that absentee ballots were on a U.S. Postal Office truck that caught fire on Thursday morning.  The clerk spoke with an official at the Ypsilanti Post Office who said it ...
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Voting by mail and the next election meltdown

Voting by mail and the next election meltdown

Steve Hutkins In the November election, more than one out of five votes will be cast by mail. If it’s close, the election could be contested like Gore-Bush in 2000, and arcane postal matters, like USPS postmark policies and service ...
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