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    Between the coronavirus pandemic, the George Floyd protests, a brutal economic downturn and what promises to be an increasingly ugly presidential election, 2020 will go down in history as a year of frayed nerves. Conservative journalist Charlie Sykes, in an article for The Bulwark, lays out some reasons why tension and anxiety are likely to grow worse and worse as Election Day draws closer. “It is August 10, 2020, and I can’t remember the last time I wore long pants,” Sykes confesses. “I haven’t shaved in days, spend much of my time talking to my dogs, and have no idea what the next three months will bring. There are 85 days until the election, and then another 78 days until...
    Federal Election Commission (FEC) Commissioner Ellen Weintraub warned on CNN Monday that there’s a “substantial chance” the 2020 election results will not be known on election night, before encouraging views to be patient if necessary in November. “Are you concerned at all, as you point out, the increase in the number of people who will be voting absentee or voting by mail?” anchor Erica Hill asked. “Are you concerned that there are enough people in place that the infrastructure essentially is there to get all of those votes counted in a timely fashion?” “Well, I think what we need to do is get more resources to the states,” Weintraub, a Democrat, replied. “This is critically important and it has...
    Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots Dollar Tree, Family Dollar reverse decision to require masks at all stores, but request customers wear them Since 1992, how the Dow, S&P trade in the three months into Election Day The 2020 presidential election is just about three months away. Some investors are worried about a potential change from a Trump to a Biden administration. History shows politics, and changes in the political parties in power, have rarely been a good way to measure the market's potential.  Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT How you can save $1 million for retirement How you can save a million bucks for retirement USA TODAY ...
    (CNN)Contrary to his predictions, President Trump won't have a coronavirus vaccine ready by Election Day, vaccine experts tell CNN after reviewing data from Moderna, the first company to begin its Phase 3 clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. Fact Check: Will there be a coronavirus vaccine by November?"There's no way. There's just no way," said Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist at Baylor College of Medicine and a CNN medical analyst.Last week President Trump said he was "optimistic" a vaccine would be ready around Election Day on November 3."I believe we'll have the vaccine before the end of the year, certainly, but around that date, yes. I think so," Trump said Thursday.CNN obtained part of an email...
    NHL draft lottery: Ranking the eight teams 1-8 in terms of who is least deserving of No. 1 pick The fast food meals celebrities cant resist 3 Tax Moves Youll Want to Make After Election Day 2020 It's always hard to do tax planning, but election years pose especially big challenges. Depending on which party wins control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives in November, the ramifications for your taxes could be huge. © Provided by The Motley Fool 3 Tax Moves You'll Want to Make After Election Day 2020 It's therefore imperative to watch the election with your tax situation in mind. Once the results are in, you should be prepared to take...
    The fear in Wisconsin was clear.  The coronavirus pandemic was still relatively new in early April as the Wisconsin governor's late attempt to delay the fast-approaching primary election was thwarted by a GOP court challenge. And even with a crucial state supreme court seat on the line, along with the presidential primary, some Democrats worried that asking people to head to the polls on election day could be a major health risk.   Four months later, as other states have also taken a similar blended election approach with an emphasis on mail-in voting along with in-person options, those concerns may have not been as far-reaching as some had first feared. But as the country hurtles towards holding a contentious presidential election...
    By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut voters will rubber-stamp the presidential nominees and decide a number of down-ballot races Tuesday, but the result everyone will be watching for is how the primary itself comes off. Local election officials will have to count an unusually large number of absentee ballots, and coronavirus safety measures will be taken at polling places, making Tuesday a dress rehearsal for the November general election. Cities and towns have already received 10 times more requests for absentee ballots than they've ever received for any Connecticut election, about 300,000. It's due largely to an executive order signed by Gov. Ned Lamont and an interpretation by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, both...
    BALTIMORE (AP/WJZ) — The clock is ticking to Election Day 2020, and in the middle of a pandemic, state election officials are trying to determine between in person voting, mail-in ballots or a combination of both. Maryland’s state elections board voted Friday to significantly reduce the number of places where voters can cast ballots on Election Day in November, a proposal aimed at accommodating a shortage of poll workers while avoiding voter confusion and crowded precincts during the coronavirus pandemic. The State Board Of Elections would like to designate several days for early voting, then open up all high schools for in person voting on election day — where that option is feasible. This proposal will be sent to Gov....
    REUTERS/Mike BlakeLitigation that challenged Minnesota's election rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a two-day extension for voters to get ballots in — meaning all the results won’t be in by the end of Election Day.With the exception of a couple of infamously long and drawn out recounts, and a switch to takes-long-to-tabulate ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Louis Park, Minnesotans are accustomed to finding out who wins their elections shortly after the polls close on Election Night. Courtesy of COVID-19, this year may be an exception. Litigation that challenged Minnesota’s election rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a two-day extension for voters to get ballots in — meaning all the results won’t be in by...
    Tom Bevan, president and co-founder of Real Clear Politics (RCP), discussed polling for the upcoming presidential election during a Friday night “The Ingraham Angle” segment on Fox News. As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continues to lead President Donald Trump in RCP’s average polling, albeit by less hefty margins than a month ago, Bevan and Fox News host Laura Ingraham talked about the possibility of Trump voters being hesitant to declare their support for the president. “Tom, everyone is asking me this question and I go travel, I meet people, they say, ‘Are people afraid to say what they think? Are the polls overstating support for Democrats again?’ What is your sense given what we’re seeing now?” Ingraham asked....
    The Democratic Party of Georgia has sued its state’s election officials over the long lines that voters faced during multiple recent elections, most notably the June primary, in which some voters waited for hours to cast their ballot. As The Associated Press reported, the lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Atlanta, alleges that Georgia election authorities dropped the ball when it came to making sure the constitutional rights of voters were met. And while the long lines voters endured on June 9 made national headlines, the lawsuit, which names Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as a defendant, says that the matter of election officials there forcing voters to wait in long lines goes back to at least 2008. The...
    As election 2020 draws ever closer, the flawed, easily gamed nature of the American quasi-democracy becomes increasingly visible, thanks, of course to Donald Trump, our Fluhrer wannabe, who sees no need to hide his contempt for any result in November other than his own victory. Election theft could well be looming, in a number of ways, and it’s crucial to look at them. But first, I feel the need to point out that the theft is already well underway. Indeed, Part 1 is already finished. Have you noticed? There’s no candidate with a progressive vision in the race, even though public demand for such a candidate — Bernie Sanders, maybe someone else — has been swelling. But once again, thanks...
    President Donald Trump said in an interview on Thursday that it might be possible to develop a coronavirus vaccine by November 3, which is Election Day. “I think in some cases, yes, possible before, but right around that time,” Trump said when radio host Geraldo Rivera asked if he thought a vaccine would be ready by November 3. This is the earliest vaccine timeline voice by the administration to date. Dr. Anthony Fauci has previously said that a vaccine would likely not be available until the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed effort has put money to speed the development of several vaccines, some of which have already entered phase three testing. “We...
    During his Thursday interview with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, Donald Trump suggested that a coronavirus vaccine may be ready for distribution by the November election, Breitbart reported. “I think in some cases, yes, possible before, but right around that time,” Trump said when pressed on the possibility of a vaccine by Election Day. The real estate mogul’s comment comes just days after Vice President Mike Pence said that a vaccine could be ready before the end of the year. Notably, Moderna has moved into Phase 3 of clinical trials for its preparation, mRNA-1273, which has thus far shown promise across two small-scale clinical trials. Conversely, Anthony Fauci, the Trump administration’s leading infectious disease expert, has been more skeptical and said...
    President Trump says he's "optimistic" that a vaccine will be ready around Election Day, and it "wouldn't hurt" his chances against former Vice President Joe Biden. But having a vaccine available for widespread public use before 2021 is unrealistic, according to public health experts, including the Coronavirus Task Force's Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Mr. Trump told Geraldo Rivera's radio program "Geraldo in Cleveland," on WTAM, Thursday that a vaccine could "in some cases" be ready sooner than November 3, but "right around that time." Asked about this on the White House South Lawn a couple hours later, the president said he's "optimistic" about a vaccine being ready around that date. "I'm optimistic that it'll be probably around that date. I believe...
    CHICAGO — Voters, rejoice: Chicago will finally give out “I Voted!” stickers this Election Day. Typically, the city’s voters get wristbands after casting a ballot, while other locales hand our stickers. The difference has long puzzled residents. This year, though, everyone will finally get a sticker. The stickers will be given to people who vote in person, and they’ll be included in vote by mail ballots when they’re sent out. Like the wristbands, the stickers are blue and red and say, “I VOTED!” They also note this year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave some women the right to vote. Officials said the stickers will better protect poll workers and voters as the city grapples with...
    Americans can get coronavirus case levels back down to a manageable point by Election Day if they start wearing masks and following "fundamental tenets of infection control" but that effort must start "right now," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday morning.  "I believe in the data we see in the United States and other states and counties that have done it correctly, that if we pay attention to the fundamental tenants of infection control and diminution of transmission, we could be way down in November," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNNs "New Day." "It is entirely conceivable. It isnt inevitable that we need to be way up there as we get towards...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE on Thursday said he thinks it's possible there will be a COVID-19 vaccine ready around Election Day in November. "I think in some cases, yes, possible before, but right around that time," Trump said on Geraldo Rivera's radio show when asked if he thought a vaccine would be ready by Nov. 3. "We have great companies," he added. "The rest of the world is also doing vaccines, so let's see how they do." The president's comments are likely to fuel concerns that he is exerting political...
    President Trump said Thursday that a vaccine for the coronavirus could become available prior to the November election, a long prediction that clashes with forecasts from public health experts. Trump was asked on Geraldo Rivera’s radio program when a vaccine may become publicly available, to which he said, “Sooner than the end of the year, could be much sooner,” according to Reuters. He added, “I think in some cases, yes possible before [Election Day], but right around that time.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, has said he is “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine could come by the end of this year or in early 2021. Rolling out a vaccine so that it...
    The number of coronavirus cases in the United States on Election Day could be low, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN on Thursday that circulation of COVID-19 could be much lower in November than it is now. He said the number of cases will depend on the actions taken by citizens in the coming months to mitigate the spread of the virus. "It’s up to us. It's really within our hands. And I really do believe based on the data we see in other countries and in the United States in states and cities and counties that have done it correctly, that if we pay attention to...
    (CNN)When there's news from the campaign trial, the reporter covering the story often appears on screen perfectly composed and coiffed as they deliver urgent updates with ease. But what you don't get to witness is the work that's happening behind the scenes. For every flawless live shot from Iowa, there's a producer hanging out of a barn window in a desperate attempt to get a WiFi signal mere moments before going on air. And that calm voiceover heard during the primetime news? That's all thanks to the thick winter coat doubling as a makeshift recording studio in the middle of the world's busiest airport -- because story deadlines wait for no reporter's flight schedule.Those are just two of the memories...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Election Day in pandemic times has arrived in Tennessee, where primary voters on Thursday will decide a heated Republican race for U.S. Senate and other federal and state contests. Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty and trauma surgeon Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. Polls open at different times, with details available on the secretary of state’s website, sos.tn.gov. They close statewide at 7 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Eastern. The state is encouraging voters to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols at the polls. Voters must bring a valid photo ID. Acceptable forms include a Tennessee driver license or photo ID...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump reversed his stance on voting by mail Tuesday when he tweeted that doing so in Florida is "safe and secure." When asked about the reversal later Tuesday afternoon, Trump seemed to imply that Republican-run states with existing mail-in voting programs were up to par, but Democratic states establishing or expanding mail-in voting during the pandemic were not.Earlier that day however, a senior adviser for Trump's reelection campaign continued to discredit mail-in ballots. On CNN Tuesday afternoon, Mercedes Schlapp claimed that with mail-in ballots, "you can cast it several days after the election" in states like Nevada which recently passed legislation expanding mail-in voting for the upcoming presidential election. "Let's take a state like Nevada, which --...
    Donald Trump is causing massive headaches for Republican officials with his lies about fraudulent mail-in ballots. President Trump’s unfounded attacks on mail balloting are discouraging his own supporters from embracing the practice, according to polls and Republican leaders across the country, prompting growing alarm that one of the central strategies of his campaign is threatening GOP prospects in November. No matter how hard they try to thread the needle and suggest that there is a difference between absentee ballots (which they claim are fine) and mail-in ballots, the president’s followers have been trained to swallow anything he utters and are buying his lies. A Monmouth University poll of registered voters in Georgia taken late last month found that 60 percent of Democrats are...
    President Donald Trump has sued Nevada over its decision to conduct November's election via mail-in voting and argued things are going to be 'very safe' by Election Day for people to vote in-person. The president shrugged off concerns people - particularly the elderly - have about going to polling places during the coronavirus pandemic. 'We have people that really want to get out and vote. It's going to be very safe. But by November 3rd, time wise, that's eternity, frankly, as far as I'm concerned. For Trump, that's eternity. And, November 3rd is a long ways off, a lot of things are going to happen,' he said Wednesday morning during an interview on 'Fox & Friends.' President Donald Trump...
    U.S. President Donald Trump watches as General Charles Brown takes the oath of office as incoming Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, August 4, 2020.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters The re-election campaign of President Donald Trump on Tuesday night followed through on his threats to sue Nevada over its plan to conduct the November election almost entirely by mail-in ballot. The suit, which claims such statewide voting by mail is unconstitutional, comes one day after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill that would facilitate mail-in voting for most of the state, with a limited number of in-person polls. Trump has been railing against mail-in voting since spring, arguing that it invites voter...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The number of Minnesotans requesting mail-in ballots this year has reached numbers never seen before. The secretary of state’s office said there have been 546,000 ballots requested so far this election period. That’s ten times more than the 2018 election and it’s only August. A trip to the ballot box will look different for thousands of Minnesotans this year since they’ll be sitting in the comfort of their homes when they bubble in their preferred candidates. Lauren Rosenberg of Minneapolis started doing mail-in ballots when she was still a teenager. “It’s just easier, a lot easier to just go online, apply for it. Every time I’ve applied they’ve mailed it within a few days,” she said. “The...
    Voting gives eligible American citizens a small but meaningful voice in choosing the people who will represent them and make decisions and laws for their country. Unfortunately, the processes of registering to vote in the United States can get a little bit complicated, and it can differ depending on what state you live in. To help shed a bit of light on the process, here’s how to register to vote — at least in most states: Get a state ID While state IDs aren’t strictly necessary to register to vote in every state, the chances are good that you’ll need to have one at one step or another in the process, so it’s a good idea to get...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan will hold a state primary election on Aug. 4 to determine candidates at the local, state and federal levels for the general election on Nov. 3. Here’s everything you need to know. Click here to view your sample ballot. Are masks required at the polls?  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has required masks to be worn in indoor spaces to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but masks will not be required for those wanting to vote in-person on Primary Day. What are the poll hours? Can I register to vote on Election Day? Polls will open in Michigan at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. on Primary Day and if you’re not registered to vote,...
    President Trump speculated a winner of November's presidential election may not be declared until 2021. The president, in an interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan that aired Monday night, spoke about the potential for election fraud and warned that the country may not know whether he'll serve another term until "two months" after Election Day. "You know, you could have a case where this election won't be decided on the evening of Nov. 3. This election could be decided two months later," Trump said. He added that voting by mail is problematic because "lots of things will happen during that period of time. Especially when you have tight margins. Lots of things can happen. There's never been anything like...
    Bloomberg President Donald Trump bet the house that getting a sweetheart trade deal with the Chinese government would boost the American economy and his electoral odds before the election. Now, with that election less than 100 days away, some members of his inner circle are pushing him to make a new bet: that he’ll win if he blows it all up. Four people with knowledge of the situation tell The Daily Beast that in the past three weeks, an internal campaign has intensified within the Trump administration to convince the president to nuke the China trade deal—an international agreement that Trump has considered a crowning, legacy-defining process of his first term in office. These efforts in the administration have...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A report by Pennsylvania’s elections agency suggests lawmakers require counties to distribute mail-in ballots earlier for the 2020 General Election and beyond, among other recommendations. The Department of State’s review of the June 2 primary said there were relatively few problems with new voting machines. It says lawmakers should allow mail-in ballots to count if they’re postmarked by Election Day and show up in county offices by the following Friday. The 43-page report says counties should be allowed to begin handling ballots three weeks ahead of Election Day in the “pre-canvass” process. About 1.3 million people voted in the primary in person, and about 1.5 million voted by mail. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. You don’t need to be a clairvoyant to see what’s coming. Donald Trump is undermining the postal service. He lies constantly about mail-in balloting being ripe for fraud. He’s encouraging his voters to vote in-person, and they appear to be listening. As a result, if he loses–which looks like a solid bet at present–the contest will look tighter on Election Day than it will weeks later when all of the absentee ballots are counted. Trump may even end up in the lead on the morning of November 4 before falling behind as the...
    By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state elections agency is asking lawmakers to require counties to distribute mail-in ballots earlier for the 2020 General Election and beyond, based on its review of how the greatly expanded mail-in system performed during the June 2 primary. Current law mandates that mail-in ballots be sent out at least two weeks ahead of Election Day, although some counties provide them to voters weeks earlier. The Department of State’s review of the primary also argues the Legislature should permit ballots to be counted as long as they arrive in county election offices by the Friday after the election, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day. The current deadline for...
    In 2008, the Associated Press called the presidential election shortly after 11 p.m. on Election Day  — Democrat Barack Obama had won enough Electoral College votes to move into the White House. In 2012, the AP called the election at 11:38 p.m. — Obama beat Mitt Romney by 3% of the vote but easily defeated him in the Electoral College, 332-206. But things have been different for Republicans in recent elections. In 2000, due to some “hanging chads,” the result of the presidential election was not determined until Dec. 12. Four years later, in 2004, President George W. Bush wasn’t deemed the winner until the morning after Election Day.  And in 2016, CNN didn’t call Trump’s victory until 2:29 a.m....
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan will hold a state primary election on Aug. 4 to determine candidates at the local, state and federal levels for the general election on Nov. 3. Here’s everything you need to know. Are masks required at the polls?  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has required masks to be worn in indoor spaces to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but masks will not be required for those wanting to vote in-person on Primary Day. What are the poll hours? Can I register to vote on Election Day? Polls will open in Michigan at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. on Primary Day and if you’re not registered to vote, you can do so with your local...
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd said President Donald Trump’s tweet that suggested to delay the November election was “the most un-American and un-democratic of suggestions, which he said exposed his “desperation.” Todd said, “Good Sunday morning. So much for that new tone. This past week President Trump retweeted a video of a doctor who said masks were unnecessary, hydroxychloroquine is a cure for Covid-19, and that diseases are caused by dreams of sex with demons. Meanwhile, the number of deaths from Covid-19 passed 150,000. Nine states set one-day records for C cases, while 11 set single-day records for deaths. Among those deaths was former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Cain was diagnosed shortly after attending the president’s rally...
    Similar numbers on protests and relations with Russia. This is what's driving the Biden v Trump numbers. Tired of horse race polls? They’re only a sign of the times. ABC: Trump in trouble as nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of his handling of COVID-19, protests, Russia Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's handling of three major challenges facing the country -- the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide unrest over racial inequality and relations with Russia -- in a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, a sign of the obstacles that his reelection bid faces just three months before Election Day. With the White House confronting the most significant reckoning on race since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the worst public health crisis in a century, and a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pattern is now familiar: He makes a stunning assertion, on Twitter or impromptu. The head scratching begins. Was he serious? Was he trying to distract from other negative news? Allies are left to shrug their shoulders and brush off his remarks. Some regularly claim to have not read or heard them. A public numbness sets in, to the point that even Trump’s most ardent political opponents have difficulty summoning outrage. But this week the president offered a statement that stood out, even among many that have put Trump’s branding iron on the office. His standing with the public flagging amid myriad crises, Trump floated on Twitter the prospect of delaying the Nov. 3 election...
    By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pattern is now familiar: He makes a stunning assertion, on Twitter or impromptu. The head scratching begins. Was he serious? Was he trying to distract from other negative news? Allies are left to shrug their shoulders and brush off his remarks. Some regularly claim to have not read or heard them. A public numbness sets in, to the point that even Trump’s most ardent political opponents have difficulty summoning outrage. But this week the president offered a statement that stood out, even among many that have put Trump’s branding iron on the office. His standing with the public flagging amid myriad crises, Trump floated on Twitter the...
    Donald Trump on Friday spoke about the Democratic push for mail-in voting and claimed that China was likely happy about their efforts, Breitbart reported. “They’re using the China virus, China must be very happy about it, because they hit us with a virus and now they screw up an election like you will never see,” he said. According to Trump, November 3 is going to be a “very, very sad day” for America. The president claimed that he is supportive of harnessing absentee votes but shed doubt on the preparedness of the electoral system for nationwide mail-in voting. Although some have suggested that Trump’s push against vote-by-mail is out of fear that it will work against him, he expressed confidence...
    One day after a controversial tweet suggesting that the presidential election could be moved back, Donald Trump appears to have changed course — in the opposite direction. During a press availability on Friday, the president continued his attack on mail-in ballots and claimed that the results of the election could be compromised if this form of voting is extended, then said he wished the election date would actually be moved up the calendar. “I wish we would move it up, okay?” Trump told reporters, via Talking Points Memo. “Move it up.” Trump drew more controversy for Friday’s comments, which included claims that Americans are “never going to know what the real result of an election is” if mail-in voting were...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night. But that doesn’t mean the results will be flawed or fraudulent, as President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday. Trump, seeking to already undermine the results of an election he could lose, demanded that the winner of the Nov. 3 contest be known that night. ”I don’t want to be waiting around for weeks and months and literally, potentially if you really did it right, years, because you’ll never know,” Trump told reporters. The president has repeatedly raised unsubstantiated fears of fraud involving mail-in voting, which is expected to be more widely used...
    Travis Gettys July 31, 2020 6:39PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story President Donald Trump suggested moving up the Nov. 3 election one day after suggesting a delay. The president floated the delay Thursday after devastating economic news came out, and NBC's Peter Alexander asked why the Trump administration devote more attention to safeguarding the election from illness and potential fraud. : "Peter, you know nothing about my energy," Trump said. "You know nothing about what I'm doing. You know nothing about what I do." He insisted the delay had nothing to do with poll after poll showing him falling further behind Joe Biden. "We're going to do very well in the election," Trump said. "Nobody wants that date...
    ATLANTA -- President Donald Trump has raised the radical prospect of delaying a presidential election, contending the expansion of voting by mail will lead to history's most fraudulent U.S. election.There's no precedent in modern politics for the sort of delay Trump is suggesting. The idea, floated in a series of tweets, prompted swift pushback from officials in both parties and much head-scratching.A closer look at the key questions and answers about the president's extraordinary suggestion:Will 2020 be the 'most inaccurate and fraudulent' election, as Trump says?Time and again, voter fraud has proved exceedingly rare, and voting without going to polling places has become more common.In fact, Trump's own 2016 presidential election victory came at the pinnacle of a decadeslong trend...
    Trump has repeatedly raised unsubstantiated fears of fraud involving mail-in voting, which is expected to be more widely used in the November election out of concern for safety given the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, as national and battleground state polls show Trump in political peril in his race against Democrat Joe Biden, he went even further, floating the idea of delaying the election until it could be conducted in person. The prospect of a delayed election was rejected by Trump's fellow Republicans. Shifting Election Day is also virtually impossible for Trump on his own; the date — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year — is enshrined in federal law and would require an act...
    (CBS DETROIT) – It’s too late to mail in your absentee ballots for this Tuesday’s election, but the city clerk in Detroit says there are two drop boxes for your convenience. A primary election during a pandemic means many voters will opt out of in-person voting and cast their ballots via absentee. “Very, very good, very convenient,” said Detroit Absentee Voter Barbara Robinson. Robinson has been voting in the city for decades, and says she appreciates the absentee voting option now more than ever. She doesn’t feel comfortable voting in-person on election day due to the coronavirus, but Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey assures voters that polling locations will be safe. “Every precinct will have a sanitizing station, it...
    Igor Derysh July 31, 2020 12:42AM (UTC) Cutting service and shuttering locations are both under consideration by the U.S. Postal Service as the agency faces a cash crunch ahead of an expected surge in mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a sitting U.S. senator and numerous postal worker union officials. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sent a letter to recently-installed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy demanding an explanation about reports looming closures and service cuts from postal workers in his home state. The concerns were raised after DeJoy, a major Trump donor, pushed for drastic cost-cutting measures when he took over the agency last month, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. : Manchin's letter detailed reports that "numerous post...
    Claiming at Thursday's White House briefing that the 2020 elections could be "fixed" and "rigged," President Trump again highlighted the risks of nationwide, universal mail-in balloting in stark terms -- including by citing news articles and experts who have raised similar concerns. Before taking questions, Trump honored former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, noting that "unfortunately, he passed away from a thing called the China virus." Trump additionally hit Democrats' plans to keep schools and busniesses closed, saying they would cause "probably more death" and economic destruction than coronavirus itself. Within seconds, Trump was pressed on his tweet earlier in the day that suggested the election could be delayed due to mail-in ballot fraud. He responded that delays in mail-in ballot results, including lost...
    Reuters July 30, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump’s suggestion on Thursday the Nov. 3 presidential election be delayed due to voter fraud was immediately rejected by lawmakers and dismissed by legal experts, but it raises the specter of a disputed election that could take weeks or even months to resolve. Here are some of the messy scenarios at play – and how they might unfold: DELAYED RESULTS Under the Constitution, only Congress has the power to change the date of the election – and with Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, there is essentially no chance of that happening. But the widespread use of mail ballots thanks to the pandemic will likely cause significant delays...
    (CNN)On the one hand, this is banana republic stuff, that a President, who the evidence suggests is losing his bid for reelection, would suggest delaying the election, as Donald Trump did Thursday morning.That's not what we do here. In the US there are presidential elections every four years, even in times of war and pandemic, and the loser accepts them.The other living presidents get that. Most of them gathered in Atlanta on Thursday, as Trump was questioning US democracy, to hear Barack Obama's eulogy for John Lewis, who fought for the right of people to participate in US democracy. On the other hand, this is just another Trump distraction. His tweet came a few minutes after the government reported the...
    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not plan to work with Donald Trump to delay the upcoming Election Day. The possibility of delaying the established election date of November 3 was floated Thursday morning by the president via his Twitter page. This prompted an immediate flurry of discussion across social media, and it did not take long for politicians in Washington, D.C. to weigh in on the idea. According to The Washington Post, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were quick to denounce the idea. McConnell was asked about this during an interview with WNKY, which was shared via the reporter’s Twitter page. He did not hedge as he responded. “Never in the history of the country, through...
    Washington (CNN)A number of congressional Republicans openly rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion Thursday that November's presidential election should be delayed, a move that the President would have no authority to make given that the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date for voting. It was the latest example of the President making incendiary comments on Twitter -- and putting Republicans in an awkward spot to deal with the fallout.Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally, told CNN when asked about the President's call to delay the election: "I don't think that's a particularly good idea." Majority Whip Sen. John Thune, a member of Republican leadership, told CNN that there will be an election...
    A chorus of constitutional scholars and election law experts slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpGovernors' approval ratings drop as COVID-19 cases mount Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment Virginia governor, senators request CDC aid with coronavirus outbreak at immigrant detention facility MORE’s suggestion Thursday that the Nov. 3 general election be delayed in light of an expected uptick in mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s tweet raising the idea of postponing Election Day was based on the groundless claim, which he has frequently repeated, that increasing the share of balloting-by-mail would invite widespread voter fraud. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted. “It...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse GOP Steering Committee selects four members for new committee positions Pelosi huddles with chairmen on surprise billing but deal elusive Hillicon Valley: House panel grills tech CEOs during much anticipated antitrust hearing | TikTok to make code public as it pushes back against 'misinformation' | House Intel panel expands access to foreign disinformation evidence MORE (D-Calif.) responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGovernors' approval ratings drop as COVID-19 cases mount Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment Virginia governor, senators request CDC aid with coronavirus outbreak at immigrant detention facility MORE’s tweet floating the idea of moving the election by tweeting a quote from the Constitution that cites the Congressional authority needed to do so. ...
    A coalition of health experts and civic organizations is calling on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to pivot from an in-person election to a vote-by-mail process for the general election in November. Joanne Antoine, executive director of Common Cause Maryland, said the coalition members of “Everyone Votes Maryland” feel the coronavirus pandemic poses serious obstacles for the upcoming election. “Our coalition is concerned that the current election path is overly burdensome to voters struggling in the midst of this health crisis,” Antoine said. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in-person voting poses risks from the coronavirus to voters and poll workers alike. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test...
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on Wednesday that the company faces intense competition, and that “new competitors emerge every day.” “Just as America’s technology leadership is not inevitable, Google’s continued success is not guaranteed,” Pichai said. “New competitors emerge every day, and today users have more access to information than ever before. Competition drives us to innovate, and it also leads to better products, lower choices, and more choices for everyone.” Pichai’s testimony came as members of both parties expressed concerns about the dominance of Google and other big technology companies. Google dominates search traffic, for example, accounting for roughly 90% of searches. Pichai did not address breaking news that his...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A sharp increase in the number of people voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic could slow the counting of ballots in Michigan’s August primary and the November general election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Wednesday. Nearly 2 million registered voters have requested to vote by mail for the Aug. 4 primary. Just over a million people cast ballots by mail in the 2016 general election. Local election clerks are asking for more time to process what they expect will be a large influx of absentee ballots, Benson said. Under election rules, the counting of absentee ballots can’t begin until 7 a.m. on Election Day. Legislation that would allow clerks to start processing ballots...
    By ANNA LIZ NICHOLS, Associated Press/Report for America LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A sharp increase in the number of people voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic could slow the counting of ballots in Michigan’s August primary and the November general election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Wednesday. Nearly 2 million registered voters have requested to vote by mail for the Aug. 4 primary. Just over a million people cast ballots by mail in the 2016 general election. Local election clerks are asking for more time to process what they expect will be a large influx of absentee ballots, Benson said. Under election rules, the counting of absentee ballots can't begin until 7 a.m. on Election Day. Legislation...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. We have learned from conflicts ranging from World War 1 to Iraq that it is entirely possible to win the war and lose the peace. In politics, nowhere was this more evident than in the 2000 election pitting George W Bush against Al Gore, where the race was essentially tied on Election Day. We know that a full recount would have resulted in a Gore win, but the race was lost in the aftermath. Republicans proved more adept and ruthless in post-election maneuvering, while the Democrats pursued a timid and ultimately losing strategy....
    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's leading libertarian think tank is suing the state for the right to campaign within a restricted speech buffer zone around polling centers. The Wyoming Liberty Group will sue state Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and several Laramie County officials, the Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday. The state currently prohibits campaigning of any kind within 100 yards of a polling place and within 100 feet of absentee polling locations. The law is intended to prevent voter intimidation. Similar restrictions are in place in every state in the country. The lawsuit stems from a complaint filed by conservative activist John C. Frank, who is suing so he can stand on the sidewalk outside his local polling site on...
    These aren't police officers. It is now apparent that the dispatch of federal troops to "liberal" cities to retaliate against those demonstrating against police violence is intended, by Donald Trump and his kept attorney general William Barr, to continue throughout Trump's reelection campaign. CNN cites an internal Customs and Border Protection email to report that the agency plans to rotate fresh Border Patrol troops (not much point calling them "police" at this point) through "at least mid-October." The emphasis is on agents who have received "tactical training," reports CNN. In Portland, at least, the plan is to keep unidentified, unbadged paramilitary units at the frontlines of protests, ensuring protesters will be met with "good" violence suitable for airing in reelection ads...
    (CNN)Not to start your day with a dose of anxiety, but the US Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of potentially deadly hand sanitizer products. Time for some label checking. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On With Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusThe US could see "further suffering and further death" if steps aren't taken to contain the coronavirus, says Dr. Anthony Fauci. Given that the country has been averaging more than 1,000 deaths a day for a few days now, that's no surprise. Florida alone is approaching half a million cases, and a...
    Good luck trying to find Tenet or Mulan in a movie theater any time soon. Hollywood studios have delayed all of their releases citing concerns about the coronavirus. Not so with Stacey Abrams’s documentary about voter suppression, which is getting fast tracked to a theatrical release ahead of election day. Amazon Studios will open All In: The Fight for Democracy in cinemas on September 9 ahead of its streaming debut on Prime Video on September 18. The documentary, which stars and is co-produced by Stacey Abrams, follows the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate in her on-going quest to expose alleged acts of voter suppression, which she has blamed for her defeat to Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in 2018. ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy is...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump’s presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his reelection bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal stretch. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds Trump’s approval for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic falling to a new low, with just 32% of Americans supportive of his approach. Even Trump’s standing on the economy, long the high water mark for the president, has fallen over the past few months after seeming ascendant earlier this year. Those political headwinds have sparked a sudden...
    WASHINGTON -- With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump's presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his reelection bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal stretch.A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds Trump's approval for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic falling to a new low, with just 32% of Americans supportive of his approach. Even Trump's standing on the economy, long the high water mark for the president, has fallen over the past few months after seeming ascendant earlier this year.Those political headwinds have sparked a sudden summer shift in...
    By JULIE PACE and HANNAH FINGERHUT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump’s presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his reelection bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal stretch. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds Trump’s approval for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic falling to a new low, with just 32% of Americans supportive of his approach. Even Trump’s standing on the economy, long the high water mark for the president, has fallen over the past few months after seeming ascendant earlier this...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump’s presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his reelection bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal stretch. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds Trump’s approval for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic falling to a new low, with just 32% of Americans supportive of his approach. Even Trump’s standing on the economy, long the high water mark for the president, has fallen over the past few months after seeming ascendant earlier this year. Those political headwinds have sparked a sudden...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Former first lady Michelle Obama is making a push to register voters 100 days out from Election Day, saying in a new video message out Sunday that the "election could not be more important for the future of our country.""We've only got 100 days left ... and we've got to direct every ounce of energy we have into making sure everyone we know understands the importance of their voice and their vote," Obama said.Obama's message was released by When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization committed to voter registration she co-chairs, which has an overarching goal to decrease the race and age gap in voter participation.The coronavirus pandemic poses new challenges to voting and voter outreach efforts. In...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.   LEADING THE DAY: Sunday will mark 100 days until Americans across the country cast their ballots for the presidential, Senate and House races. The coronavirus and economic crises are likely to play a factor in how voters choose their candidates, and Democrats appear to have an advantage across the board. However, a lot can change between now and Election Day. Here’s a look at how the races...
    (CNN)With the general election nearly 100 days away, Maryland still doesn't have enough judges to staff all of its polling locations for November 3, according to Maryland Association of Election Officials President David Garreis. In order to staff early voting and Election Day polling locations, the state needs 39,482 election judges, Garreis told the Maryland State Board of Elections this week during a remote meeting. Right now, they are 13,970 judges short, which is a 35% vacancy rate, Garreis said. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced earlier this month that the state will conduct the general election according to "existing state law" with "enhanced voting options." Hogan directed the Maryland State Board of Elections, the five-person bipartisan group appointed by...
    From the coronavirus pandemic to the George Floyd protests to double-digit unemployment, 2020 has been an incredibly tempestuous year — and all of those things could affect the outcome of what is sure to be a divisive, often ugly presidential election. Journalist Garrett M. Graff, in a listicle for Politico published on July 24, lays out eight things that could go wrong on Election Day 2020. “Anxious Democrats are already fretting about nightmare scenarios in which Trump uses emergency powers to cancel the election, calls in the military to ‘oversee’ voting, or even refuses to vacate the White House,” Graff explains. “But conversations with more than a dozen campaign strategists, security officials and election administrators make clear that the most...
    Friday 5: Denny Hamlin, Chris Gabehart are NASCAR’s dynamic duo These Are Officially Amazon’s Most-Loved Accessories — From a Cooling Face Covering to Stylish Sunglasses Opinion: This index tracks economic uncertainty — and it’s pretty clear about what’s in store for stocks through Election Day MARK HULBERT © MarketWatch photo illustration/iStockphoto Economic uncertainty needs to lessen significantly in order for the U.S. bull market to continue. That’s a tall order. With uncertainty surrounding the outcome of this November’s election (both presidential and congressional), as well as a lack of progress with the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty in the U.S. is likely to stay elevated — if not go higher— at least until Election Day. Load Error Stock investors...
    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's refusal this week to say if he would accept the results of November's election, and his repeated assertions that the vote will be "rigged" because of mail-in ballots, have raised the specter of a disputed election that could take weeks, or even months, to resolve. Even absent allegations of fraud, the deluge of mail ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic could take weeks to tally, making it less likely a winner is declared on Election Day in the contest between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. The former vice president currently leads Trump in opinion polls. Here are some of the messy scenarios at play – and how they might unfold: MAIL-IN BALLOTS...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday kicks off eight weeks of presidential action, outlining what four more years in office will look like. “We can honestly say nobody has ever going to see eight weeks like we’re going to have,” Trump previewed to reporters after an event on Thursday. Trump is scheduled Tuesday afternoon to sign an unspecified memorandum in the Oval Office. The president outlined in recent days significant action on immigration, education, healthcare, and a plan to help save the suburbs. “We’re going to get things done. We’re going to get things done that they’ve wanted to see done for a long, long time,” he said. Trump said the Supreme Court ruling on former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action...
    Singer Barbra Streisand has declared that President Donald Trump and his administration are “pursuing the path towards fascism” following their response to the Black Lives Matter riots and the coronavirus pandemic. Streisand made the claim by posting an Esquire article that cited comments made by Jesse Jackson and the late John Lewis in 2016 about the possible damage caused by a Trump presidency. Donald Trump and his Administration are now pursuing the path towards fascism. https://t.co/nc2b8kNfaG — Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) July 20, 2020 “They’re trying to take us back to another period, trying to make it harder and more difficult for people to participate in the democratic process, and we must not allow it,” Lewis was quoted as saying. “We’ve got to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Monday is the last day to register to vote or change voter registration information for Floridians planning to cast ballots in the August primary. Since Florida is a closed primary state, only voters who are registered members of political parties can vote for respective party candidates or nominees during a primary election. Those wishing to vote, and who are eligible, must register at least 29 days before an election to participate in it. That July 20 is the last day to sign up or change party affiliation in order to cast a ballot in the upcoming Florida Primary Election which is August 18. The easiest way to register to vote is to do it online at...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats will gather Monday to decide a replacement on November's ballot for U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday after serving for more than 30 years in Congress. The seat will remain empty until Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp schedules a special election. The Republican governor has given no indication when he will hold an election with just over six months left in Lewis' term. State law allows the Democratic Party to replace Lewis on the ballot in the 5th Congressional District, but the decision has to be made quickly for the district that includes much of the city of Atlanta. The Democratic Party of Georgia is accepting applications for the nomination online until 6:30 p.m. Sunday....
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats will gather Monday to decide a replacement on November’s ballot for U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday after serving for more than 30 years in Congress. The seat will remain empty until Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp schedules a special election. The Republican governor has given no indication when he will hold an election with just over six months left in Lewis’ term. State law allows the Democratic Party to replace Lewis on the ballot in the 5th Congressional District, but the decision has to be made quickly for the district that includes much of the city of Atlanta. The Democratic Party of Georgia is accepting applications for the nomination online until 6:30 p.m. Sunday....
    President Donald Trumps new campaign manager Bill Stepien said Wednesday the aim is to contrast Joe Bidens style with Trump and to "win each day" ahead of the 2020 presidential election. "With 109 days left, our goal is clear – to win each day we have left until election day," he said in his first public statement after taking up the role. "If we win more days than Joe Biden wins, President Trump will be re-elected. We will expose Joe Biden as a hapless tool of the extreme left and contrast his failures with the undeniable successes of President Trump." Stepien takes over for Brad Parscale, who was abruptly removed as campaign manager Wednesday night, just four months ahead of the...
    President Trump’s new campaign manager laid out his strategy on Thursday, saying the aim was to contrast Joe Biden’s record with that of Trump's and to win "each day" from now until the election. Trump replaced Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien on Wednesday night after weeks of poor polls and a campaign that has struggled to adapt to life under COVID-19. “With 109 days left, our goal is clear – to win each day we have left until election day. If we win more days than Joe Biden wins, President Trump will be re-elected,” he said in his first public statement after taking up the role. “We will expose Joe Biden as a hapless tool of the extreme left...
    I’ll be the first one to admit that I was shocked on election night in 2016. As I told my friends in the lead-up to that fateful moment, I didn’t think that the country that elected Barack Obama would follow up by electing Donald Trump. Boy was I wrong! As a result, the hardest thing for me to deal with emotionally was the loss of faith in my fellow citizens. Over the course of the next few years, we learned that one of the few things Trump said that wasn’t a lie was when he bragged that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in broad daylight and his supporters wouldn’t abandon him. It has been mind-numbing to watch them stick...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Minnesotans have been able to vote by mail since 2014 — thanks to the introduction of no-excuse absentee balloting. Still, most don’t, perhaps preferring the ritual of going in person to their polling station; seeing their neighbors; getting that “I Voted” sticker. That could change this year thanks to COVID-19. A record number of Minnesotans have requested absentee ballots — 350,516 as of last Friday, compared to 12,936 at this time in 2016 and 21,043 in 2018. Election officials are pleased with the high absentee numbers since that will cut down...
    President Donald Trump's reelection operation won't operate much differently even though the man at the helm, Campaign Manager Brad Parscale, was demoted, an insider claims – adding that the president is really his own campaign manager. 'The real campaign manager reports to the Oval every day, anyways,' that person told Axios in a report published Thursday morning. The president announced Wednesday night, as he continues to fall behind Democrat Joe Biden in polls, that he demoted Parscale back to the role he held in 2016 - in charge of the digital operation of the campaign.   While Parscale, a longtime Trump family digital guru, was demoted from his 2020 role as campaign manager, he likely never had to fear he would...
    Election officials across the country and in key battleground states say there could be a delay in reporting election night results in November given the likely surge in mail-in absentee ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports CBSN politics reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns. Citing data from recent primaries, officials and election experts anticipate that more voters will cast their ballots by mail in this election than in years past and say the public should prepare now for the possibility of delays, so as not to undermine the integrity of the election results. "We need to be talking about "Election Week," not Election Day," former Homeland Security secretary and Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge told CBS News. "We've seen an unprecedented request for absentee...