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Supreme Court blocks GOP effort to curb ballot deadline in Pennsylvania

‘One of the Most Significant Rulings’ of 2020 “This decision could have easily gone the other way if Amy Coney Barrett was on the court.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 In both a…

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Over 5 million Americans disenfranchised in 2020 election due to felony convictions

Black and Latinx people are disproportionately affected by disenfranchisement laws, which are still in effect in most U.S. states. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Despite reforms in many states aimed at restoring ex-felons’…

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Secretary of Defense won’t rule out deploying troops during election

Democratic Lawmakers Raise Alarm  “We have not received a direct commitment from Secretary Esper that he will refuse commands from an illegitimate president,” lamented Rep. Mikie Sherrill. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday…

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SCOTUS nominee Barrett says she would approach election tampering with ‘an open mind’

“This shouldn’t be a hard question. The fact that she would not answer it is deeply troubling.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 When Judge Amy Coney Barrett was asked Tuesday during her second…

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‘A threat to a fair election’: Danger posed by armed pro-Trump poll watchers

“This is the stuff of our worst nightmares.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, October 9 Following President Donald Trump’s refusal last month to denounce white supremacists along with his longstanding pattern of undermining democratic norms—and…

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Federal Judge bars Ohio from limiting ballot sites to one per county

‘GOP Loses a Big One in Their War on Drop Boxes’ “Drop boxes have proven to be a secure method of collecting ballots, and are crucial in allowing voters to safely cast their vote during this…

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So-called ‘Election Integrity’ panel in Pennsylvania seen as GOP Trojan horse to help Trump steal election

State Democratic lawmakers called the situation “a national emergency” and said Republican efforts are a “dangerous threat to democracy.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, October 2 A so-called “election integrity” panel proposed by Republican lawmakers…

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Trump says he Is ‘Counting on the Federal Court System’ to declare winner on Election Night—before many ballots are tallied

“This is an open admission that Trump hopes to use the Supreme Court to steal the election.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 21 President Donald Trump said during a campaign rally over the weekend…

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Voting on the Working Family Party Ballot Line

by Wade Rathke September 15, 2020 New Orleans New Yorkers are lucky. Not only do they get to vote with relatively little hassle, but they get to send important messages to politicians about where they stand…

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A U.S. Postal Service mailer that is being sent to millions of American households ahead of the November election. (Photo: PolitiFact)
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Warning ‘patently false’ information ‘will sow confusion,’ federal judge blocks Postal Service from sending mailers to Colorado voters

“The USPS must stop sending misinformation to Colorado voters,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, September 13 A federal judge late Saturday ordered the U.S. Postal Service to immediately…

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail

Sanders warns nation: Trump is laying groundwork for election result mayhem

“Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy,” says the Vermont senator. by Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Warning of the…

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Attorney General William Barr speaks during a press conference on January 13, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (From photo, crop: McNamee)
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Barr claims man cast 1,700 fake ballots in Texas, prosecutors say not so

‘That’s Not What Happened at All,’ Say Prosecutors  “Barr is a shameless liar and most importantly has been one for his entire career,” tweeted New York Times columist Jamelle Bouie. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday,…

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Trump twists warning of election night results delay to suit his narrative, advocacy groups vow to make sure every vote counts

“Donald Trump is not running a re-election campaign. He’s running a power grab.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning openly embraced a theory put forth by analysts earlier…

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President Donald Trump during a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 14. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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It’s illegal for federal officials to campaign on the job. Trump staffers keep doing it anyway.

Trump administration officials have been cited 13 times for violating the Hatch Act, a New Deal-era law prohibiting government officials from engaging in campaigning. by Andrea Bernstein, WNYC Wednesday, August 12, President Donald Trump’s recent musings…

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Mail clerks sort packages at a USPS Processing and Distribution Center on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in City of Industry, California. (Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Alarms sound after Postal Worker reports removal of sorting machines

The removal of key equipment from Post Offices should be viewed as nothing less than “sabotage,” said one observer. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, August 12 The head of the Iowa Postal Workers Union alleged…

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: ScreenShot excerpt from photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images).
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McConnell proposing $0 in election assistance

“It is outrageous that this proposal contains not one penny to help states conduct safe elections during a global pandemic.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, July 23 Progressives are accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

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Research on voting by mail says it’s safe – from fraud and disease

by Edie Goldenberg, University of Michigan As millions of Americans prepare to vote in November – and in many cases, primaries and state and local elections through the summer as well – lots of people are…

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Voting misinformation flourishes on Facebook

“Outright Lies” While the social media giant says it opposes voter suppression, the data shows a stark picture: Nearly half of all top-performing posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading. by Ryan McCarthy…

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The Postal Service is steadily getting worse — Can it handle a national mail-in election?

Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic. by Ryan McCarthy…

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Wisconsin voters deliver a blow to block purges

New Orleans The days when Wisconsin was famous for dairy are long gone. In recent years it has been the home of partisan and ideological divide, voter suppression, anti-unionism, and just about every other rightwing fad…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

How socialism became un-American through the Ad Council’s propaganda campaigns

Bernie Sanders was asked at a CNN-sponsored town hall about socialism. CNN screenshot Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy, Miami University Bernie Sanders has emerged and then dissipated as the Democratic front-runner in the race for the presidential nomination. The…

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The irony of the centrist-progressive debate

Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can’t win “the middle.” But just look at the polls. By Jim Hightower | February 12, 2020 With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters…

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Iowa caucuses did one thing right: Require paper ballots

“…Amid everything they did wrong, the Iowa Democratic Party did one thing right: It required that votes be counted on paper, and then tallied electronically. To those of us who study cybersecurity carefully, that’s crucial.”  …

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Donald and Ivanka Trump were involved in inauguration’s inflated payments to family business, new suit says

“Members of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,” the District of Columbia’s attorney general wrote in the suit. by Ilya Marritz, WNYC, and Justin Elliott, ProPublica January…

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