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    LeBron James. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images) LeBron James‘ voting-rights group, More Than a Vote, has partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers to make Dodger Stadium a polling place for the November presidential general election. To combat voter suppression, the NBA baller founded More Than a Vote. The coalition’s partnership with the Dodgers is the first time a Major League Baseball team’s facility will be used as a voting center. The 2020 presidential election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters will cast their ballots to reelect the incumbents, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, or vote to elect Democratic presidential presumptive nominee Joe Biden and his vice-presidential running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris. Presumptive Democratic...
    NBA superstar LeBron James and the Los Angeles Dodgers are teaming up to convert Dodger Stadium into a polling site for the 2020 presidential election, the team announced Thursday. The Dodgers are the first Major League Baseball team to make their stadium available for voting.  The stadium will be accessible to any registered voter in Los Angeles County over a five-day period, the team said, adding that the site will follow all CDC and public health guidelines regarding social distancing.  The Dodgers, @LACountyRRCC and @CASOSvote announced today that Dodger Stadium will serve as a Vote Center for the Presidential General Election. The voting site is a joint effort between the Dodgers, @morethanavote, @KingJames and @DAVIDprice24. pic.twitter.com/F4KN6TYdQs— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 13,...
    Wisconsin's second statewide primaries, which took place Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic, went more smoothly than its April presidential primary, with few reported issues.  It was far different than the election four months ago, which saw long lines in some cities and clerks overwhelmed by the flood of absentee ballot requests.  While Tuesday's primaries for congressional and state legislative seats were a good test for clerks and voters, the number of people voting represents a fraction of what's expected in November. Since 2000, August primary turnout has ranged from about 10% to 25%. Presidential elections in that same time frame have drawn at least two-thirds of the state's voters.  Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to your inbox "In...
    An Ohio official announced Wednesday that voters won’t be turned away from polling places if they refuse to wear a mask, even with the state’s mask mandate amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said during a press briefing that the state will encourage but not require people to wear face coverings to vote in person. "If a voter chooses not to wear a mask, we're going to offer them an alternative to maybe vote outside -- curbside, which has been part of Ohio's voting process for a long time," LaRose said. "If they choose not to do that, of course nobody’s going to be turned away. Everyone will have access to the polling locations, but...
    LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before a NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 8, 2020. Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images LeBron James' More Than a Vote group is helping to turn Dodgers Stadium into a polling place for the general election in November. The effort was announced on Thursday, with James citing it as an example of the special relationship between the Lakers and Dodgers. Dodger Stadium has already becoming a center for public good over the past few months, serving as the largest COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles County. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. LeBron James' voting-rights group More Than...
    Dodger Stadium will host a voting site for November’s election, the team announced Thursday, partnering with LeBron James’ More Than A Vote coalition to become the first MLB team to make its stadium available as a polling place. The team, which made the announcement jointly with the Los Angeles County Registar-Recorder/County Clerk and California Secretary of State’s Office, said the site will be accessible to registered Los Angles County voters over a five-day period for the presidential general election on Nov 3. The team described the endeavor as a joint effort with the recently founded More Than A Vote coalition of Black athletes and artists, including James and Dodgers pitcher David Price, dedicated to encouraging and protecting voting rights for...
    CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.   When the NBA suddenly announced the suspension of its 2019-2020 season in mid-March, after Utah Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell confirmed that they had both tested positive for COVID-19, there were still five weeks remaining to play out the 82-game schedule — as well as the playoffs that were to begin April 18. Beyond upsetting millions of basketball fans, it seemed to pose a threat to the economic prospects of team and stadium employees around the U.S. In Atlanta, though, some of these staffers are still at work — and helping to solve a pressing Election Day problem.  "Thinking back on...
    Washington, DC (CNN)States are facing a shortage of thousands of poll workers as older volunteers at higher risk for coronavirus complications cancel plans to work on Election Day.The numbers are staggering. Maryland announced in late July that it was short nearly 14,000 Election Day workers -- prompting Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to consolidate precincts into voting centers, in part to reduce the number of people needed.Shortfalls, though, remain a concern for many state election officials, even as record numbers of people are expected to vote by mail in the November elections amid the pandemic. The spring primaries that were held in person illustrated the risks of understaffing polling places in an election that's expected to draw high turnout, with voters...
              Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose stated that Ohio will not require masks to be worn at Ohio polls. In a press conference Wednesday, LaRose went through the state’s guidelines and detailed some of the precautions Ohio would take in light of the recent pandemic. The secretary of state encouraged voters to take advantage of absentee voting, a system that’s caused some controversy recently, stating that the system “is completely safe.” LaRose went on to speak on a number of the security features Ohio has implemented to protect against absentee voting fraud. These included clearing the deceased and those who’ve moved from Ohio from voter rolls and banning ballot harvesting. LaRose announced the CDC and...
    "It's uncanny" how closely the polling for the 2020 presidential election resembles the polling from four years ago, Washington Times opinion editor Charles Hurt said Wednesday on "The Story". Hurt was responding to a new analysis from the website FiveThirtyEight.com that gave presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden a 71 percent chance at winning in November. Conversely, President Trump was given just a 29 percent chance of reelection. AHEAD OF VP PICK, BIDEN UP 10 POINTS OVER TRUMP: POLL "If these numbers give you a sense of deja vu," FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver wrote Wednesday, "it may be because they’re very similar to our final forecast in 2016 … when Trump also had a 29 percent chance of winning! (And Hillary Clinton had a 71 percent chance.)" "When you...
    Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan authorized a plan on Monday night that will drastically reduce the number of in-person polling places in the state for the Nov. 3 presidential election after a weeks-long standoff with the state Board of Elections, which insisted on a plan involving far fewer voting locations due to coronavirus concerns. Hogan, on the other hand, publicly worried that the plan for consolidated voting locations would actually increase the spread of the virus. A proclamation issued by the governor late Monday will allow the board to set up "voting centers" that any eligible voter in that county may go to, instead of the traditional polling place model where voters are assigned a specific location where they may vote....
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s second statewide election since the coronavirus pandemic came with far more time to prepare than the first, with election officials hoping for a smoother result in Tuesday’s primary. The state’s presidential primary in April was a messy affair, with municipalities forced to shut down polling sites after workers refused to show up out of fear of contracting the virus. The postal system was overwhelmed with absentee ballots. Absentee voting has again been intense, with nearly 906,000 such ballots requested by people looking to avoid in-person voting. That compares with around 123,000 in the primary two years ago. As of Tuesday morning, more than 554,000 absentee ballots had been returned, or about 61% of those requested....
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday added new demands to conflicting proposals for rescuing the U.S. territory’s botched primary election, suing to insist on an election re-do at all polling centers that opened late — not just those where a lack of ballots kept people from voting, The lawsuit filed by Gov. Wanda Vásquez also seeks to stop the release of unconfirmed results from centers where voting did take place on Sunday. A failure to supply ballots and other issues kept people from voting at a little under half of the island’s 110 polling places. “The uncertainty created since the process began in morning hours caused thousands of voters to leave the voting centers where...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tuesday is primary election day in Minnesota, but casting a ballot will look a little different this time around. In Minneapolis, the entrance and exits of all polling places will have hand sanitizing stations. Also, voters will be expected to wear masks. If they forget, disposable ones will be supplied. Curbside voting will be available for those who can’t — or don’t want to — wear a mask. RELATED: WCCO’s Minnesota Primary Guide Minneapolis voters should be sure to check their polling place location before heading out. Officials say about 40% of Minneapolis polling places have been changed due to COVID-19 concerns. particularly ones that had been located in residential buildings. (To check your...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan approved recommendations by the state elections board on Monday to reduce the number of polling places to accommodate a shortage of poll workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the governor initially directed the state to hold a traditional election and open all polling locations on Election Day, as well as early voting centers — after the board did not reach a consensus on recommendations. That format would have opened about 80 early-voting centers and 1,800 precinct-based polling places. Hogan also directed the board to promptly send out absentee-ballot request applications to every eligible Maryland voter for people who choose to vote by mail. But local election officials asked to consolidate polling...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Voters in Minneapolis should expect significant changes to the polling process on Tuesday’s primary, as this will be the city’s first election since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. First off: Your polling place might have moved. The city says 50 of its 125 polling places were moved, particularly if they were located in residential buildings. (To check your polling place, click here.) RELATED: WCCO’s Minnesota Primary Guide Voters will be asked to wear a mask. For those that refuse to wear one or have a medical reason not to, they’ll be able to vote outside the polling place, in a designated area. Curbside voting will also be an option. Those entering polling places...
    An election worker opens envelopes containing vote-by-mail ballots for the August 4 Washington state primary at King County Elections in Renton, Washington on August 3, 2020.Jason Redmond | AFP | Getty Images Election officials in states across the nation are wrestling with a critical issue for the upcoming presidential contest: how much hand sanitizer will be enough for each polling place on Nov. 3.  The coronavirus pandemic has already disrupted voting in 2020, forcing state officials across the country to institute new procedures and policies meant to maintain turnout while keeping voters safe.  Several states have expanded vote-by-mail access, providing an alternative for those who fear that voting in person will increase their risk of contracting or spreading the virus.  But...
    A poll worker sanitizes a table on Primary Day in Indiana.Jeremy Hogan/SOPA/Sipa/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.In April and May, as the coronavirus ravaged places like New York City and Los Angeles, it looked as if Texas might somehow make it through the pandemic largely unscathed. But then the state’s case counts began to rise precipitously—just in time for its May 26 primary runoff election. Rather than expand mail voting, the Texas’ Republican governor, Greg Abbott, pushed the election to July 14. But by then, things were even worse. Some assisted living centers and residential care facilities that would normally serve as polling places refused to host the election, the Texas...
    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...
    By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats are asking a federal judge to order Georgia election officials to take steps to prevent long lines at the polls on Election Day. A lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Atlanta alleges that the causes of long lines that have forced Georgians to wait hours to vote during multiple elections, including the June primary, “are directly traceable” to election officials. The lawsuit seeks "to remedy the fundamentally unreasonable conditions that have led, repeatedly, to unconstitutional burdens on countless Georgia voters." The lawsuit was filed by the Democratic Party of Georgia, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and three Georgia voters against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who's the top elections official...
    By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s state election board is weighing late changes in the state’s plan for the November election, aiming to protect voters and volunteer workers from crowded and understaffed polling stations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Board vice chairman Patrick Hogan made a last-ditch appeal Wednesday for the board to recommend mailing ballots to every registered voter. The board has been divided on that option, and Gov. Larry Hogan issued a directive to hold a traditional in-person election on Nov. 3. “I think we’re at the point of no return after today,” said Patrick Hogan, a Democrat who is no relation to the governor. The governor, a Republican, on Monday demanded an update...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has fired off a letter to State Board of Elections administrator Linda Lamone, giving her 48 hours to explain how the board will execute plans for an in-person election Nov. 3. Among the things Hogan demanded to know: why absentee ballot applications haven’t been mailed yet. Hogan had directed the state board to carry out an in-person election, with early voting and all polling places open on Election Day, along with absentee ballot applications sent out to all eligible voters on July 8. In his letter to Lamone, Hogan called the June 2 primary an “unmitigated disaster” and referenced the thousands of ballots that either went to the wrong address, were received late or not at...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday gave the State Board of Elections two days to put forth its plans for how it will administer the general election in November amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a two-page letter to elections board administrator Linda Lamone, Hogan demanded an explanation as to why absentee ballot applications have not been mailed to all eligible voters as the governor proposed under his election plan last month. That plan also calls for all polling places to be open on Election Day. “With Election Day fast approaching, I am very concerned that the State Board of Elections (SBE) appears to be on a path to repeating the massive failures of the June 2 primary...
    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tents are going up on the Navajo Nation with hand-washing stations. One tribe has shortened the hours for voting. A ticketing system will let voters in eastern Arizona cast a ballot curbside or inside. The coronavirus has forced changes to the way people will vote in Tuesday's primary election. On tribal land, election officials are navigating the closure of businesses and government buildings, curfews and other restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Coconino County, the largest by size in the state, will have tents set up in four Navajo communities to ensure social distancing that wasn't possible at the previous polling sites. The secretary of state's office has...
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers passed a bill that would add the state to a growing list of U.S. states mailing active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which was passed Sunday, now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat. If he signs it as expected, Nevada will join seven states that plan on automatically sending voters mail ballots, including California and Vermont, which moved earlier this summer to adopt automatic mail ballot policies. President Donald Trump called the bill’s passage “an illegal late night coup” in a tweet Monday morning. He accused Sisolak of exploiting COVID-19 to ensure votes in Nevada would favor Democrats. “Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible...
    By SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State lawmakers passed a bill Sunday that would add Nevada to a growing list of states that will mail all active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak. If he signs it as expected, Nevada will join seven states that plan on automatically sending voters mail ballots, including California and Vermont, which moved earlier this summer to adopt automatic mail ballot policies. President Donald Trump called the bill's passage “an illegal late night coup" in a tweet Monday morning. He accused Sisolak of exploiting COVID-19 to ensure votes in Nevada would favor Democrats. “Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made...
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State lawmakers passed a bill Sunday that would add Nevada to a growing list of states that will mail all active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak. If he signs it as expected, Nevada will join seven states that plan on automatically sending voters mail ballots, including California and Vermont, which moved earlier this summer to adopt automatic mail ballot policies. President Donald Trump called the bill’s passage “an illegal late night coup” in a tweet Monday morning. He accused Sisolak of exploiting COVID-19 to ensure votes in Nevada would favor Democrats. “Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● TX-22: The Congressional Leadership Fund has once again released an internal poll of a competitive House race showing the Republican candidate leading but—somehow, mysteriously—has failed to include any information on the presidential contest. Okay, it's obviously not a mystery at all: Donald Trump's numbers must simply suck, even though CLF's latest survey, from Meeting Street Insights, finds Republican Troy Nehls ahead of Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni 44-32 in Texas' open 22nd Congressional District, the first poll we've seen of the...
    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...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A panel of agency leaders and state organizations is continuing to call on Gov. Larry Hogan to implement mail-in ballots instead of in-person polling places for the general election in November. The push comes as more polling places in the state opt out of hosting voters due in part to a lack of staff. The Maryland Association of Election Officials held a teleconference Wednesday, during which they urged Gov. Hogan to backtrack on a plan that would keep all polling places open. “The more people who can vote by mail-in (ballot), you reduce all those different risks. The virus is hoping a lot of people show up to vote, particularly in our cramped locations standing around...
    On Wednesday, writing for CNN, election forecaster Harry Enten broke down how President Donald Trump has now lost the only major advantage he had over Biden in public polling: the economy. “Even though a majority of voters have disapproved of his job performance overall during most of his presidency, more voters than not have given him a thumbs-up on the economy,” wrote Enten. “But Trump now may be seeing this advantage dissipate. His approval on the economy has seen a dramatic decline since the beginning of the year, and he’s lost his edge on the economy over former Vice President Joe Biden.” “Trump’s economic approval was at one of the strongest levels of his presidency at the beginning of the year,” wrote...
    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...
    Washington (CNN)Less than 100 days out from the election, President Donald Trump pushed back against criticism that his handling of the coronavirus pandemic is negatively impacting his bid for a second term. At a briefing in North Carolina on Monday, Trump claimed his poll numbers were "very good," referring especially to a few battleground states. "We're leading in North Carolina. We're leading in Pennsylvania. We're leading in Arizona," Trump said, without referring to specific polls. "We're leading nicely in Florida. I think our poll numbers are very good. We're leading substantially in Georgia." Visit CNN's Facts First homepageTrump dismissed polls that have him losing in these states as fake, citing the 2016 election where many polls showed former Secretary of...
    In an unexpected reversal, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo now wants to delay a significant component of a 2020 ballot measure that would give him the highest powers in the city and similar clout as other “strong mayors” across the country. The mayor’s change of heart comes less than a month after a divisive battle on city council to place the item on the November ballot — and following polling data from the firm FM3 that indicated the city would face a difficult fight to get it passed despite a 62-23 approval rating for Liccardo. In a memo released Monday, Liccardo has proposed moving ahead with a November 2020 ballot measure that would shift the city’s mayoral election cycle to...
    Monday, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough weighed in on the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Despite polling showing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, holding a lead over Trump in many key states, Scarborough said he would be “surprised” if the races “don’t tighten up significantly towards the end.” “You see a poll by Joe Biden [sic] ahead by 12 points in the state of Florida, and I just find it hard to believe that even though that may be what people are telling pollsters in July, that’s not how they’re going to be voting,” Scarborough advised. “I’d be surprised, Mika, if all of these races don’t tighten up significantly toward the end. But, you know,...
    Julia Conley July 27, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Sunday marked 100 days until President Donald Trump is expected to face off against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden—and new polls on the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, and the opinions of voters in key battleground states suggest Americans are increasingly unhappy with Trump. National polling results released Sunday by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 80% of U.S. adults across the political spectrum think the country is headed in the wrong direction. Only 8% of Democrats and 31% of Republicans—both record lows—say the...
    President Hillary Clinton would be wrapping up her first term right now, following the earlier presidencies of Thomas Dewey, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry and Mitt Romney if public opinion polls on presidential elections were always accurate. All these losing presidential candidates were ahead of their opponents at some point when they campaigned for our nation’s highest office. But in the end, all lost and none made it to the Oval Office. Keep this in mind when you read and watch all the news stories now predicting that President Trump is headed for defeat when he faces former Vice President Joe Biden in the November presidential election. DONNA BRAZILE: TO WIN PRESIDENCY AND MAJORITIES IN CONGRESS, DEMOCRATS SHOULD FOLLOW THIS BATTLE PLAN Polls are snapshots...
    During the Maine primary election Sara Gideon, who won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, was seen handing out campaign signs at a polling place and has been accused of violating state election law in the process. Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, posted a video on Facebook that showed Gideon helping distribute yard signs at a Presque Isle polling place. Handing out campaign literature within 250 feet of polling places on Election Day violates Maine’s election statutes. It isn’t Gideon’s only apparent misstep in the campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. Tom Steyer, a California billionaire who competed in the Democratic presidential primary, has run over the maximum allowable contributions to Gideon’s...
    (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...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — The president of the Maryland Association of Election Officials has told the state elections board that it's becoming impossible to fill vacancies for nearly 14,000 election judges before Nov. 3. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that local election boards are struggling to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan’s order that every polling place open for the general election. David Garreis, the president of the association, said there is a 35% vacancy rate for election judges. He described it as an emergency because local boards for are expected to handle substantial turnout. Election judges operate polling places. They tend to be older and therefore at higher risk for coronavirus complications. “As everyone knows, without the election judges, it’s impossible...
    If you have some free time on August 11, there’s a good chance your local elections officials could use you. COVID-19 has prompted some cities and counties to worry about a potential shortage of election judges — the people who work the polls — on primary day. In lots of precincts, election judges tend to be older, and therefore more vulnerable to COVID-19, than the average Minnesotan. This year, some local governments are seeing longtime judges bow out from poll work due to health concerns. Article continues after advertisement What judges do Election judges’ responsibilities include greeting voters and signing them in, registering new voters, handing out and tracking ballots and distributing “I Voted” stickers, among other duties. While many Minnesotans...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police have charged a reporter with offences including one punishable by up to 15 days in jail, a court said on Thursday, after an incident in June in which he alleged a police officer broke his arm. Two policemen detained David Frenkel, a reporter for Mediazona news, at a polling station in St Petersburg during a nationwide reform vote where he said he had gone to check for possible voting violations. As a police officer pinned his arm back, Frenkel screamed in pain and a crack could be heard in footage of the incident. He underwent surgery for a broken arm afterwards. Frenkel has pressed for state investigators to open a criminal case, alleging counts of...
    by Adrienne Jones, Morehouse College As the nation mourns civil rights icon John Lewis, a congressman and lifelong advocate of voting rights, the mayhem in his home state’s most recent election serves as another egregious example of how a citizen’s most sacred act in a democracy – voting – was undermined and even denied after a federal law protecting voters’ rights was abandoned by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling. Georgia’s presidential primary election on June 9 was a nightmare mix of inefficiency and discrimination that shows how difficult it is for many Americans – particularly Black Americans – to participate in their democracy. Hundreds of voters, many in majority Black areas, waited four, five and even seven hours to cast...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Mattersí free email subscription today. Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) doubled down on his decision to hold a more traditional November election during a televised interview on Monday – but his plan to open every polling center in the state is an increasingly daunting task for local election officials. Hogan appeared on ABC’s “The View” as part of an ongoing effort to promote his forthcoming autobiography, and blasted the Maryland State Board of Elections when asked about his decision to open all of Maryland’s polling centers for the November elections. “Tens of thousands of people showed up at polls that weren’t open,”...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Wanted: Poll workers willing to brave a global pandemic in November. Governments across the country are scrambling to find people to staff polling places for the presidential election this fall as the coronavirus sows doubt about how safe it will be to cast a ballot in person and thins out an already scarce pool of workers. Recruitment efforts are increasingly targeting younger people, who are less at risk of developing serious illness from the virus, as officials and advocates aim strategies toward professional associations, students and sports teams to make sure election sites stay open. Still, a big unknown remains. “Everything having to do with this election will be determined by where we are with the...
    DAMASCUS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria held a parliamentary election on Sunday, gripped by a collapsing economy and new U.S. sanctions after President Bashar al-Assad clawed back control of most of the country. People voted across government territory at more than 7,000 polling stations, including for the first time in former rebel bastions that the army has recaptured over the last two years. Assad's opponents denounced the vote as a farce, nearly a decade into a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and made millions refugees. The elections, originally set for April, were postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. At a polling station in the capital Damascus, many voters - who were disinfected upon arrival - said they...
    By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Wanted: Poll workers willing to brave a global pandemic in November. Governments across the country are scrambling to find people to staff polling places for the presidential election this fall as the coronavirus sows doubt about how safe it will be to cast a ballot in person and thins out an already scarce pool of workers. Recruitment efforts are increasingly targeting younger people, who are less at risk of developing serious illness from the virus, as officials and advocates aim strategies toward professional associations, students and sports teams to make sure election sites stay open. Still, a big unknown remains. “Everything having to do with this election will be determined by...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Wanted: Poll workers willing to brave a global pandemic in November. Governments across the country are scrambling to find people to staff polling places for the presidential election this fall as the coronavirus sows doubt about how safe it will be to cast a ballot in person and thins out an already scarce pool of workers. Recruitment efforts are increasingly targeting younger people, who are less at risk of developing serious illness from the virus, as officials and advocates aim strategies toward professional associations, students and sports teams to make sure election sites stay open. Still, a big unknown remains. “Everything having to do with this election will be determined by where we are with the...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump is struggling on the most important non-economic issues of the day. His disapproval rating on both the coronavirus and race relations are in the 30s, and his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is trusted more on both of these issues by double-digits. These deficits could be why Trump seems to want to turn this election into one focused on law and order. A look at the polls reveals, however, that Trump will likely lose if he continues to double down on this electoral strategy. Successful campaigns tend to be ones that listen to what voters want instead of telling them what they want. Law and order is not on the voters' minds at this moment....
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento Kings say they are turning Golden 1 Center into a vote center for the upcoming November election. The team says they are partnering with the Sacramento County Office of Elections to use the arena as a polling place where people can come to register to vote and cast their ballots. Elections officials say the large facility will help ensure proper social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Kings say they are providing the arena at no cost to the county. Free parking will also be offered in the Downtown West Garage for people who need to use the Golden 1 Center for voting. Several other NBA teams – the Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee...
    (CNN)There is no doubt our democracy is now at risk from both the global pandemic and Donald Trump's presidency. Being able to cast a vote for leaders who prioritize the health of American citizens this fall is therefore of paramount importance. And states bear a responsibility in ensuring all voters can participate in the democratic process. Harry Reid Primary elections in Wisconsin, Georgia, New York and Nevada show that states have their work cut out for them. In Wisconsin, hundreds of polling places were closed, and some voters never received the absentee ballots they requested in the state's April primary. This created massive lines in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's most populous city. Georgia's June primary was all too similar, as poll closures...
    Donald Trump isn’t a smart man, but he knows how to manipulate the stock market. Not only is he allegedly engaging in market manipulation while president, but it’s a Trump con that goes back decades. Back in October 2018, the New York Times published a Pulitzer Prize-winning profile of Trump’s extensive tax fraud schemes, and in the process of that reporting uncovered one of the ways Trump screwed with the financial markets. Journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner reported that Trump would routinely engage in a scam known colloquially as “greenmailing.” It involved Trump, along with his father, Fred, as his “wing man,” exploiting the news media to pump up the price of a stock by planting rumors, devised by...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: Election results will begin to populate on this page when early voting results are released at 7 p.m. (CST) on July 14. Background:At the top of the ticket, two Democrats are battling to faceoff against Republican incumbent and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn in November. Royce West, a longtime state senator and attorney from Dallas, received 14.5% of the vote in March. Mary “MJ” Hegar, a former Air Force pilot who burst on the scene with an ultimately unsuccesful congressional bid during the 2018 midterm, received 22% of the vote in the primary. The two participated in a debate Feb 18. Regardless of the winner, Cornyn looks to be the favorite in the general...
    SAN ANTONIO – If you plan on casting a ballot for the Texas runoff election Tuesday, you may be wondering if you need to wear a mask due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not a mandate, but it’s encouraged, according to Gov. Greg Abbott. Polling places are among the 11 exemptions to Abbott’s executive order requiring Texans to wear face-coverings over their noses and mouths in public spaces in counties that have reported 20 or more cases of COVID-19. The order went into effect Friday, July 3. “Any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face-covering is strongly encouraged,” the executive order said. Remember that if you...
    (CNN)If this year has taught us anything, it's that there's no way to predict what will happen between today and November 3, now less than four months away.But we can and should do everything we can to take the pulse of the nation. We went to Jennifer Agiesta, CNN's director of Polling and Election Analytics, who runs CNN's decision desk on Election Night and knows as much or more about how to actually read polls than anyone else.Her tips on what to look for when you read a poll are worth reading (and bookmarking). Our email conversation is below.How real is Biden's lead?What Matters: Polling consistently shows Joe Biden with a clear lead over Donald Trump. Is there any precedent...
    A polling firm helping operate a pro-democratic primary election was raided by Hong Kong police on Friday. Officers occupied the office of the Public Opinion Research Institute, which is assisting pro-democratic forces conduct a primary election on Saturday and Sunday, using a warrant based on what they said were claims that private information, including that of police officers, had been leaked to the public, possibly by the PORI itself. The organization says it's been subject to sophisticated cyberattacks around election cycles since 2012. With different news outlets reporting conflicting information, it is difficult to ascertain whether devices from the research institute were confiscated by police. The police were able to obtain some information from the institute's files. What they...
    A lack of workers willing to run polling sites as Texas continues to report record coronavirus infections is forcing election officials in two major counties to scale back plans for the July 14 primary runoff elections. Citing a dropoff spurred by fear of the virus, Bexar County, the state’s fourth largest, is expected to close at least eight of its planned 226 voting locations for next Tuesday, according to County Judge Nelson Wolff. In Tarrant County, the third largest, election officials learned Thursday that the local Republican and Democratic parties had agreed to shutter two of 173 sites planned for election day voting after the parties were unable to find election judges to run the polling places. Although poll workers...
    Reuters July 10, 2020 0 Comments A Michigan town wants machines to speed up counting of absentee ballots. In Ohio, officials want to equip polling places so voters and poll workers feel safe from the coronavirus. Georgia officials, rattled by a chaotic election last month, want to send voters forms so they can request absentee ballots more easily. In all three cases, the money is not there to make it happen, say local officials responsible for running elections in the states – any one of which could determine who wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. Presidential nominating contests held this year in states from Wisconsin to Georgia have exposed massive challenges in conducting elections during the worst public health...
    By Jason Lange and Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Michigan town wants machines to speed up counting of absentee ballots. In Ohio, officials want to equip polling places so voters and poll workers feel safe from the coronavirus. Georgia officials, rattled by a chaotic election last month, want to send voters forms so they can request absentee ballots more easily. In all three cases, the money is not there to make it happen, say local officials responsible for running elections in the states - any one of which could determine who wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. Presidential nominating contests held this year in states from Wisconsin to Georgia have exposed massive challenges in conducting elections during the worst...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Wednesday that all polling locations will be open to in-person voters in November, while encouraging early and absentee voting.  The Maryland governor instructed election officials in a letter to ensure that every early voting center and polling location be open on Nov. 3 “to accommodate anyone who wishes to cast their ballot safely and in person.”  Hogan also directed the State Board of Elections to send out an absentee ballot request to every eligible voter. He added that “every effort should be made to promote early voting, absentee voting by mail, and voting at off-peak times as safe and efficient options.” “The fundamental responsibility of the State Board of Elections is to conduct free and...
    In a directive to the Maryland State Board of Elections, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that every early voting center and every polling center should be open on Election Day so that any voter who wants to can cast their ballot in person. Hogan also said that voters who prefer to vote by mail should be able to do so, and directed the state board to “promptly send out an absentee ballot request application to every eligible Maryland voter.” Hogan said in his letter to Michael Cogan, the chair of the State Board of Elections, that his plan would “maximize participation” in the Nov. 3 election while “minimizing confusion and risk” as Maryland continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic....
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan is directing the State Board of Elections to keep all polling places open for the general election in November despite the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to the board’s chairman on Wednesday, Hogan also called on the state to send out absentee ballot application requests to all eligible voters and make every effort to promote absentee and early voting as well as voting during off-peak hours. “Every early voting center should be open and every polling location should be open on Election Day to accommodate anyone who wishes to cast their ballot safely and in person,” the letter reads. RELATED COVERAGE: Maryland Senators Recommend Ways To Avoid Election Problems Election Officials Blame...
    By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana law violates the U.S. Constitution by blocking voters and candidates from asking courts to keep polling places open longer because of Election Day troubles, a voting rights group argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The law passed by Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature in 2019 prevents anyone other than a county election board from requesting court orders extending voting hours. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Indianapolis on behalf of Common Cause Indiana cites equipment troubles, delays in opening polling sites or ballot shortages during the November 2018 elections in Johnson, Porter and Monroe counties. It argues the state law wrongly thwarts voters and political parties from protecting the right to...
    Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee said on Tuesday that Democrats should not “misjudge” presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s polling lead over President Trump. “Four years ago, the president wasn’t doing well either and a lot of the people running for Congress and the Senate ran away from him and some of them lost their elections because they disassociated themselves. The ones who stuck with him tended to do OK,” the former Arkansas governor told “America’s Newsroom.” “I’m not saying that there is not a need for the president to do a laser focus on the things that really matter to the people that he is the champion for. But, to say that the election is over is like saying...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Tuesday is Primary Election Day in New Jersey. This year, the state has shifted to a system that’s mostly done by mail. Ballots must be sent by 8 p.m. and received by July 14 to count. Campaign 2020: New York, New Jersey Primary Election Deadlines And Details They can also be placed in a county drop box or brought to a Board of Elections office. Voters can still visit their polling places, but will be given provisional paper ballots. The most-watched races will decide who is on the ballot come November for seats in Congress. NEW JERSEY PRIMARY ELECTIONS: JULY 7 Voting by mail: You must request your ballot by June 30 and mail your ballot...
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A businessman who has never held elected office has won the presidency of the Dominican Republic, according to results Monday, ending a 16-year run in power by a center-left party. Luis Rodolfo Abinader had won about 53 percent of Sunday’s vote with most of the polling places reporting, topping Gonzalo Castillo of the Dominican Liberation Party, which has governed since 2004. Trailing far behind was three-time President Leonel Fernandez. Castillo acknowledged “an irreversable tendency” in favor of Abinader and congratulated him, as did outgoing President Daniel Medina, who was barred by term limits from seeking a third four-year term. The elections took place as the new coronavirus pandemic was sweeping across the Caribbean nation...
    In the past week, most presidential election polls have shown Democratic candidate Joe Biden leading in his race against President Trump. Some pollsters found the margin to be thin: anywhere from 1 percentage point to 6 or 8. Others, crunching their numbers differently or crunching different numbers, have found overwhelming public preference for Biden, with leads of 17, 18, even 25 points. One poll found Biden to be trailing Trump by 1 point. Among election junkies, in newsrooms and on social media, each of these polling results makes for a likely conversation topic, headline, or tweet. Everyone likes to watch the horse race, and polling numbers are as close as anyone has to live running commentary on how their horse...
    What is actually the position: Commonly, this is the position where by another person like myself suggests we have 4 months to go until finally the election and polls are a snapshot in time. The two of those statements are genuine, but they obscure an crucial actuality.Polls taken around Independence Day in an election calendar year are truly quite very correlated with the November benefits in incumbent contests. That signifies Trump is in a good deal of difficulties.Choose a search at the 13 incumbent elections courting all the way back to 1940. Typically going all the way back in time will guide you to come across a ton of unstable strategies, as extra present day ones are likely to be...
    (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Monmouth University poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 53% to 41% lead over President Donald Trump. The average live interview poll conducted over the last month has Biden ahead by a similar 11-point margin. What's the point: Usually, this is the point where someone like myself says we have four months to go until the election and polls are a snapshot in time. Both of those statements are true, but they obscure an important fact. Polls taken around Independence Day in an election year are actually pretty highly correlated with the November results in incumbent contests. That means Trump is in a lot of trouble. Take a look at the 13...
    Perhaps, it can be not astonishing then that when one get together puts out a good deal more inside polls than ordinary, it is superior for their aspect. Functions are likely to release very good polling when they have it. Considering the fact that 2004, there has been a close to ideal correlation (+.96 on a scale from -1 to +1) amongst the share of partisan polls released by the Democrats and the November effects.Proper now, Democrats and liberal teams are releasing a great deal extra surveys than Republicans, which suggests the general public polling showing Democrats doing very well is backed up by what the get-togethers are seeing in their very own figures.Democratic and liberal aligned teams have set...
    In an interview with Newsweek published on Friday, Jeffrey Jones, a senior editor and analyst at Gallup, said that President Donald Trump needs a “seismic” event to beat the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden. Most polls suggest that Biden is a clear favorite to win the White House this November. Per RealClearPolitics‘ average of polling data, the former vice president is 9.3 percentage points ahead of Trump nationwide. Some surveys suggest that the Democrat’s advantage is as large as 12 points. In recent history, incumbent presidents have usually won a second term in the White House. Late Republican President George H.W. Bush is the last president to lose a reelection campaign. According to Jones, “Trump is kind of right...
    Washington — While states are trying to expand vote-by-mail for voters in the primary and general elections due to the coronavirus pandemic, voters are still showing up to cast their ballots in person, leading to long lines and delays caused by the consolidation of polling locations and a shortage of election workers. But with the November election expected to bring record turnout, state elections officials and voting rights advocates see the primaries as a snapshot of what to expect in four months and have begun taking steps to beef up their armies of poll workers. "There are many people who value the experience of going out and voting in person, and many of those people had to weather long lines...
    Numerous online oddsmakers are showing former Vice President Joe Biden as the clear favorite over President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election as of July 1, a huge shift from the beginning of the year. Bovada.lv, Oddschecker.com, Oddsshark.com, and Sportsbettingdime.com all have Biden at -160 or better. $markets currently has more than 59% of all contracts selecting Biden as the 2020 winner, with just over 34% picking Trump. The non-profit PredictIt.org additionally shows Biden trading for 60 cents to Trump’s 40 cents at press time. (RELATED: We Asked President Trump What His Gut Tells Him About November. Here’s What He Told Us) Recent polling shows Biden opening up a significant gap on the sitting president, which, according to some...
    President Donald Trump is leading presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the crucial swing state of Wisconsin, a new poll suggests. A poll conducted by the conservative-leaning Trafalgar Group and obtained by the Daily Caller found Trump leading the former vice president in the state by a margin of 46%-45%. The poll was conducted between June 23-25, and surveyed 1021 Wisconsin residents. The poll has a margin of error of roughly 3.04%. (RELATED: ‘Shocks And Pisses Me Off’: Obama Reportedly Slams Trump Calling Coronavirus ‘China Virus’) Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden holds a roundtable meeting on reopening the economy with community leaders at the Enterprise Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 11, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty...
    By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN and BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — With only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, voting went relatively smoothly compared with other recent primaries held amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November? Voting rights groups say no. They caution that just because Kentucky's largest city didn’t have excessively long lines for the primary doesn’t mean other cities should scale back polling locations -- even if they expand access to absentee ballots — and contend that, among other reasons, more polling places are needed to handle higher turnout likely in the fall general election. “Offering just one site...
    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — With only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, voting went relatively smoothly compared with other recent primaries held amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November? Voting rights groups say no. They caution that just because Kentucky’s largest city didn’t have excessively long lines for the primary doesn’t mean other cities should scale back polling locations -- even if they expand access to absentee ballots — and contend that, among other reasons, more polling places are needed to handle higher turnout likely in the fall general election. “Offering just one site on election day presumes we have reached everyone, and we don’t have...
    Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD), the second-highest ranking leader among Senate Republicans, acknowledged that President Donald Trump is suffering from “soft” polling numbers among Independent voters and advised the Trump campaign to adopt a “different tone” going forward. According to a Wednesday report by NBC News, Thune said that the president has “a problem with the middle of the electorate, with independents, and they’re the people who are undecided in national elections.” In the RealClearPolitics polling average, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden currently leads Trump by 10 points. Among Independents, which Trump won by six points in the 2016 election, a New York Times/Siena poll out on Wednesday found Biden leading Trump in this key group by a whopping 21 percentage...
    (CNN)Celebrity chef José Andrés has mobilized his charity World Central Kitchen to set up camp for Kentuckians voting in today's closely-watched primary election. "Our team is here today in Louisville to ensure that people coming to vote have food and water both while they wait and to take home with them after voting, if needed," World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook said in an email statement to CNN. "We want to do our part to make sure everyone is able to exercise their right to vote without undue discomfort or stress."Preparations for voting in Kentucky: These social distancing measures were set up due to fewer polling locations and poll workers than usualThis is not the first time Andres' organization has...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With only one polling place designated for Louisville on Tuesday, voters who didn’t cast mail-in ballots or show up early could face long lines in Kentucky’s primary election, the latest to unfold in a pandemic that has triggered unprecedented election disruptions across the country. The outcome of a competitive Democratic U.S. Senate primary could hang in the balance if Election Day turnout is hampered in Louisville — the hometown of Charles Booker, who has mounted a strong late challenge against presumed frontrunner Amy McGrath. “If Charles Booker barely loses, I think the integrity of that election is in question,” Republican state Rep. Jason Nemes said Monday. The winner of the primary will go against Senate Republican...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With just one polling place designated for Louisville on Tuesday, voters who didn’t solid mail-in ballots or present up early might face lengthy strains in Kentucky’s major election, the most recent to unfold in a pandemic that has triggered unprecedented election disruptions throughout the nation. The end result of a aggressive Democratic U.S. Senate major might cling within the stability if Election Day turnout is hampered in Louisville — the hometown of Charles Booker, who has mounted a powerful late problem towards presumed frontrunner Amy McGrath. “If Charles Booker barely loses, I believe the integrity of that election is in query,” Republican state Rep. Jason Nemes stated Monday. The winner of the first will go towards...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With only one polling place designated for Louisville on Tuesday, voters who didn’t cast mail-in ballots or show up early could face long lines in Kentucky’s primary election, the latest to unfold in a pandemic that has triggered unprecedented election disruptions across the country. The outcome of a competitive Democratic U.S. Senate primary could hang in the balance if Election Day turnout is hampered in Louisville — the hometown of Charles Booker, who has mounted a strong late challenge against presumed frontrunner Amy McGrath. “If Charles Booker barely loses, I think the integrity of that election is in question,” Republican state Rep. Jason Nemes said Monday. The winner of the primary will go against Senate Republican leader...
    Louisville, Kentucky (CNN)State lawmakers and voting rights activists are bracing for potential chaos during Kentucky's primary election on Tuesday after concerns over coronavirus led state elections officials to sharply limit the number of in-person polling places. Those limits -- from just under 3,700 polling locations in a typical election, according to the Kentucky secretary of state, to 170 locations on Tuesday -- have led to outcry across the country, particularly from Democrats who say it could result in a nightmare scenario in big cities with hours-long lines, potentially disenfranchising Black voters. The commonwealth's two most populous counties, Jefferson and Fayette, the homes of Louisville and Lexington, will have just one in-person polling location each open on Tuesday.The outcry has already...
    Senate candidate Charles Booker votes at the Kentucky Expo Center.Pat McDonogh/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.On Tuesday, Kentucky voters will determine which Democrat will challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November. Recent events have tightened the primary into a competitive race: In March, eight police officers barged into Breonna Taylor’s apartment in Louisville with a battering ram and fatally shot her. According to polling, voters outraged over Taylor’s killing and propelled by the national uprising against systemic racism have narrowed the gap between progressive Charles Booker, a Black state representative with a message about racial justice, and former Marine Amy McGrath, a moderate Democrat. But the threat of the coronavirus...
    GREENUP — Kentucky’s Primary Election will take place Tuesday, June 23, as many electors of the Bluegrass state will be voting-by-mail. Originally scheduled for May 19, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams and Governor Andy Beshear announced in mid-March that the Primary would be postponed over-a-month into late June. “Postponing the primary was not an easy decision,” Adams said in the video announcing the delayed primary released on March 16, “but the Republican secretary of state and Democratic governor agreed, and so do county clerks of both parties, and they are our front-line election administrators.” Since the postponement, electors in Kentucky have had their opportunity to request a mail-in ballot up until a week before the new primary date. During...
    LeBron James formed a task force to take on voter suppression, and it appears the state of Kentucky is his first target. James took issue with a report that Kentucky was allowing some counties to have only one polling place ahead of Tuesday's primary election. WARRIORS' STEVE KERR CRITICIZES TRUMP'S RAMP STORY DURING RALLY: 'WE DESERVE BETTER' “Said it last week about GA.  This is SYSTEMIC RACISM and OPPRESSION.  So angry man,” he tweeted in response to the report Saturday. A judge ruled Thursday that Kentucky’s most populous counties will not have to have more than one polling location for the state’s primary elections, according to the Courier-Journal. MAVERICKS' MARK CUBAN ON PLAYERS KNEELING DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM: 'HOPEFULLY I'D JOIN THEM' “While it...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on Nevada’s primary election (all times local): 9:30 a.m. The Nevada Secretary of State is releasing more results from Tuesday’s primary election, which was marked by hours-long lines that delayed initial results until early Wednesday morning. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act NASCAR Truck Series driver to quit over Confederate flag ban Seattles autonomous zone is Mad Max movie mayhem come alive Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske significantly reduced the number of in-person polling places for the election because of the coronavirus and instead encouraged voters to cast ballots by mail. Though many cast ballots by mail or took advantage of two weeks of in-person early...
    Here’s how in-person voting should look during the coronavirus pandemic: lots of polling places, fully staffed with well-protected election workers, each serving small numbers of voters who are able to quickly get in and out without having to congregate at length in close quarters. Here’s what happened in Georgia on Tuesday: not that. Despite a record level of absentee voting, the state was beset by a multifaceted fiasco on election day, which forced thousands of would-be voters to wait as long as four hours to cast ballots and seemed likely to disenfranchise thousands more. The problems mostly preceded the coronavirus, but they were made worse by election officials’ response to the public health crisis. In a disturbing sign of what’s...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 primary elections (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Georgia’s secretary of state has opened an investigation into voting problems in two counties in metro Atlanta amid reports of voting machine malfunctions in its twice-delayed primary election. Republican Brad Raffensperger on Tuesday announced investigations into Fulton and Dekalb counties’ election process. He called what was happening there “unacceptable” and said his office was investigating how to resolve the issues before the November general election. It’s the first time Georgia is using its new voting system, which combined touchscreens with scanned paper ballots in races for president, U.S. Senate and dozens of other contests. But Raffensperger said “every other county” was significantly better prepared. However,...
    LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - Voters who turn out for local elections across Missouri on Tuesday will find several changes made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and election officials will be watching to learn lessons for much larger and busier elections looming in August and November. Election officials have been scrambling to improve safety for voters and poll workers since Republican Gov. Mike Parson ordered local elections moved from April 7 to Tuesday. While each county will be different, voters are likely to see poll workers with masks or face shields, social distancing requirements, abundant sanitizers and different or fewer polling locations. With local elections generally drawing low voter turnout, Tuesday’s vote will be important as a test run for...