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    By Kanishka Singh (Reuters) - Twitter said late on Wednesday it plans to expand its rules against misinformation regarding mail-in ballots and early voting in the U.S. elections this year. The move, reported earlier by Politico and confirmed by a Twitter executive, will involve coming up with new policies "that emphasize accurate information about all available options to vote, including by mail and early voting." "Ahead of the 2020 U.S. Election, we're focused on empowering every eligible person to register and vote through partnerships, tools and new policies," Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Twitter's vice president for public policy in the Americas, told Reuters in an email. The social media platform also said it would roll out measures on new tools, policies, and...
    The Maryland Board of Elections voted Wednesday to go ahead with a plan to open around 80 voting centers for in-person early voting between Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 as a precaution against long lines on Election Day during a pandemic. The centers will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Marylanders will be able to choose which center they go to, so long as it is in their county of residence. The early voting centers will also be open on Election Day, which is Nov. 3. Around 350 voting centers will be open statewide that day, according to the board of elections. Maryland residents will again be able to decide which center in their county...
    Donald Trump attacked Democrats Wednesday for wanting to 'sabotage the Post Office' by pushing for more money to fund universal mail-in voting measures in November. 'The Democrats are sabotaging the Post Office because they're not approving $25 billion that was requesting,' the president said during a press briefing, likely referencing Democrats blocking the GOP proposed coronavirus relief package last month. 'So they're sabotaging the Post Office and then not allowing the Post Office to function properly. And they're certainly not allowing mail-in votes when they do that,' Trump confusingly argued since it is Democrats who are pushing for remote voting measures. Trump also said during his White HOuse press briefing Wednesday evening that Democrats are wanting $25 billion in funding...
    Savannah Rychcik August 12, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is suggesting the most prominent issue facing the American electoral system is not foreign; it is right here in the United States, and it is universal mail-in voting. During his press briefing on Wednesday, Trump argued Democrats are the biggest threat to Democracy as they are pushing for nationwide mail-in voting. “Now they want to take it countrywide mail-in voting. It’s going to be the greatest fraud in the history of elections,” Trump said. He added, “When you always talk about Russia, Russia, Russia, China, Iran on voting, your biggest problem is going to be with the Democrats, not with China, Russia, and Iran.”Check out his comments below: President Trump...
    Nearly 4.3 million Floridians have requested mail-in ballots for next week’s primary election, with 1.646 million ballots already received by county elections supervisors, according to the Florida Division of Elections. As of Tuesday afternoon, 815,322 Democrats, 584,947 Republicans, 233,623 independents and 12,188 alternate party voters had cast mail-in votes for the Aug. 18 primary, which includes local elections in many counties and cities. According to DOE, 2.652 million vote-by-mail ballots requested by state residents – 1.226 million Democrat, 794,343 Republican and 600,630 nonaffiliated – have not been returned. Typically, more mail-in ballots are requested than returned as residents opt to vote in-person early or on Election Day, or simply forego voting. During the 2016 election, nearly...
    Election officials are warning that cash-strapped New York has a lot of work to do before Nov. 3 to ensure it can handle an even bigger flood of absentee ballots in light of a surge in mail-in voting that fueled a six-week delay for results of the June primary. New York’s rollout of expanded absentee voting this spring has fueled complaints of voter disenfranchisement and worries that voters are growing more distrustful of mail-in voting ahead of November. Election commissioners used a Tuesday legislative hearing to urge lawmakers facing massive revenue shortfalls to provide more funding and time for election workers to mail, process and count ballots in November. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in April allowed voters to vote by absentee...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi implored Republican Party volunteers in Tallahassee to stress the positives of mail-in-ballots as a campaign bus tour for President Donald Trump swung through Northwest Florida on Wednesday. Trump campaign senior adviser Corey Lewandowski also signaled the party will try to paint California Sen. Kamala Harris, who was announced Tuesday as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, as being part of the “far left.” “I don’t know what she brings to the ticket,” Lewandowski said while on the bus. “We weren’t concerned about potentially losing the state of California. I will concede the fact Donald Trump is not going to win in California. But we have to look at her record,...
    President Donald Trump has warned of a mail-in voting disaster waiting to happen predicting that China and Russia will snatch plenty of ballots in this year's general election.  In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, the president said that mail-in ballots are a 'rigged election waiting to happen' and that 'China and Russia, they'll be grabbing plenty of them [ballots]'.  'This whole thing with his mail-in ballots, that's a rigged election waiting to happen. It's rigged and everyone knows it,' Trump said on the Hannity show last night. 'You can't send out 16 million mail-in ballots ... who knows who's getting them? U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room...
    Madison Summers August 12, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is continuing to cry out that expanded mail-in voting will lead to a “rigged” election in November. “This whole thing with this mail-in ballot, that’s a rigged election waiting to happen,” the president said during an interview on Fox News “Hannity” Tuesday evening. He continued, “It’s rigged, and everyone knows it because you can’t send out 60 million mail-in ballots to everybody in the… who knows who’s getting them?” Trump then went on to answer his own question about “who knows who’s getting them.” He said the mailmen will get the ballots and suggested “people are going to just grab batches of them.” “And you talk about China...
    President Trump doubled down on his criticism of mail-in voting on Tuesday, telling Fox News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview that it would lead to “catastrophic corruption,” and slammed the process as "a rigged election waiting to happen." "This whole thing with his mail-in ballots, that's a rigged election waiting to happen. It's rigged and everyone knows it," Trump said. REPUBLICANS WARN MAIL-IN-VOTING RHETORIC COULD BACKFIRE "You can't send out 16 million mail-in ballots ... who knows who's getting them?" he argued. "The mailmen are going to get them, people are going to just grab batches of them and you talk about China and Russia,  they'll be grabbing plenty of them. It's a disaster. It's a rigged election waiting to happen." The president and the GOP have been warning for months about possible fraud connected to mail-in...
    President Trump once again made his opposition to mass mail-in voting clear, saying involuntary absentee ballots will lead to a "rigged election." Several states have been considering sending out mail-in ballots for the 2020 election to prevent large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, who has previously incorrectly stated mail-in voting will lead to fraud, also said it will make it easier for foreign interference after U.S. intelligence assessed China, Russia, and Iran are targeting the upcoming election. "This whole thing with this mail-in ballot, that’s a rigged election waiting to happen," Trump said Tuesday on Fox News's Hannity. "It’s rigged, and everyone knows it. Because you can’t send out 16 million mail-in ballots to everybody, who knows who’s...
    By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Election officials are warning that cash-strapped New York has a lot of work to do before Nov. 3 to ensure it can handle an even bigger flood of absentee ballots in light of a surge in mail-in voting that fueled a six-week delay for results of the June primary. New York’s roll-out of expanded absentee voting this spring has fueled complaints of voter disenfranchisement and worries that voters are growing more distrustful of mail-in voting ahead of November. Election commissioners used a Tuesday legislative hearing to urge lawmakers facing massive revenue shortfalls to provide more funding and time for election workers to mail, process and count ballots in November. Gov. Andrew...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's secretary of state has offered a preliminary election plan that calls for expanded early voting but excludes no-excuse absentee voting by mail for all voters amid the coronavirus. His proposal would allow Kentuckians to cast mail-in ballots if they decide their age or health condition makes it too risky to vote in-person, Secretary of State Michael Adams said Tuesday. That option also would apply to people living with them or caring for them, he said. Adams' proposals on how to conduct the November election amid the global pandemic were submitted to Gov. Andy Beshear this week. The Democratic governor and Republican secretary of state are expected to begin negotiations soon....
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Mississippi Center for Justice on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi pushing for absentee voting to be more accessible in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mississippi is one of 17 states in the country that requires voters requesting an absentee ballot to list an excuse for not voting in person. Similar to other states, one of the allowable reasons under Mississippi law is a “temporary or permanent physical disability." The state legislature recently passed a bill expanding that threshold to include any voter “under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020 or is caring for a dependent who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19.”...
    Michelle Obama is calling on voters to "spread the word" about mail-in voting ahead of what is likely to be a contentious election. In a video address released on Tuesday by Obama's "When We All Vote" organization, the former first lady said mail-in voting is "fair and safe" before asking voters to cast their ballots early ahead of Nov. 3 as the coronavirus pandemic could pose health risks for in-person voters. “Fair and safe voting is gonna be more important than ever this year. And that’s why When We All Vote is fighting to expand vote-by-mail, in-person early voting, and online voter registration,” Obama said. Obama's pitch runs in direct opposition to the concerns raised by President Trump...
    About 75% of Americans are eligible to vote by mail in November's presidential election -- the most in history -- according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday. The organization's analysis said that if election turnout increases in accordance with predictions, about 80 million mail ballots would be sent to election offices this fall, a figure that is more than double the number of ballots that were returned four years ago. GROUP SENDS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF 'POTENTIALLY MISLEADING' BALLOT APPLICATIONS As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across America, discussions about safety at polling places forced states to make mail voting more accessible. In nine states and Washington, D.C., every registered voter will be mailed a ballot ahead of the election. Voters in...
    Almost 75 percent of U.S. voters will be able to vote by mail in the 2020 presidential election, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.  The highest percentage of Americans in U.S. history will automatically be eligible for mail-in voting without an excuse, as several states have adjusted their election systems amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Experts forecast that turnout will increase, leading to about 80 million mail-in ballots being sent to election offices, more than double the amount in 2016, according to the Times.  All states will permit a form of mail-in voting, but the accessibility for voters will vary. Nine states and Washington, D.C., plan to send a ballot to every registered voter ahead of the election. The analysis...
    The Star Tribune’s Zoe Jackson reports: “Thousands of voters already have taken advantage of loosened absentee ballot rules to mail in their choices in advance, many seeking to avoid lines and possible crowding around polling places throughout the state. Election officials say it is the largest expansion of mail-in voting in state history. Even with what officials call a ‘tidal wave’ of absentee ballots, in-person turnout could be particularly high in Minneapolis and Hennepin County, which have several competitive DFL legislative primaries and the nationally-watched contest between U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and her top Democratic challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux.” For KSTP-TV, Eric Rasmussen reports: “As fears spread about outbreaks of COVID-19 at meatpacking facilities across the country earlier this year, the...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump turned his Monday news conference into a dishonesty spree, blitzing reporters with rapid-fire false claims on a variety of his favorite topics -- the coronavirus pandemic, mail-in voting, China, Democrats generally and President Barack Obama in particular.  Trump made a false claim in the opening minutes of the briefing, wrongly saying it is easy for foreign countries to interfere with mail-in voting. After he was taken out of the room because of a Secret Service shooting near the White House, he returned to make a whole bunch more. Trump uttered at least 12 false claims in total. That number may well rise once we delve into the transcript. Russia and the electionTrump said China wants him...
    (CNN)The Nevada secretary of state has asked a federal court to dismiss a recent challenge from the Trump campaign to the state's plan to send absentee ballots to all active voters. The move positions Nevada to be a major battleground in the court fight over mail-in voting.In the filing on Monday -- six days after the Trump campaign first sued -- Nevada's lawyers told a judge that the debate over how to conduct mail-in voting shouldn't be decided in court. "The search for the proper balance between voter access and election integrity considerations is a matter for policy makers and legislators, not federal courts," attorneys for Nevada argued. Trump's team asks the court to "scrutinize the policy wisdom of choices...
    President Donald Trump asserted on Monday that a force other than foreign adversaries was interfering in U.S. elections: Democrats. “I’ll tell you who was meddling in our elections,” the president said at a White House news briefing. “The Democrats are meddling by wanting and insisting on sending mail-in ballots when there’s corruption all over the place.” Trump had just rebuffed a question on whether he had ever confronted President Vladimir Putin of Russia on reported efforts to meddle in U.S. elections. Instead, he said Democrats were playing unfairly by pushing for more mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has repeatedly lambasted Democrats for advocating mail-in voting, claiming with no evidence that it is a ploy to help them...
    President Donald Trump accused Democrats of “meddling” in the United States’ upcoming elections because they’re encouraging more mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday during his news conference, Trump was asked, “You just mentioned President [Vladimir] Putin … your national intelligence has said Russia is currently planning, or actually meddling in the election. Have you raised that directly?” “They said China, Russia, Iran, and probably others,” Trump shot back. “But because of the fake news, they seem to think Russia plays the best.” What Trump referenced was a intel report from William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. In it, he says “[Russian] Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy” aimed...
    Democrats are increasingly voicing concerns over vote-by-mail plans that many states have adopted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the concern stems from the recent changes made to the U.S. Postal Service, where President Trump appointed longtime GOP donor and businessman Louis DeJoy as the new postmaster general. In his short time as head of the federal agency, DeJoy has implemented numerous centralization changes and has sidelined a number of Postal Service veterans. Democrats have been quick to attack the changes, which Republicans have long called for. The Postal Service faces billions of dollars in losses on a nearly annual basis. "Postmaster General DeJoy is calling this a 'modified organizational structure.' It's really a Trojan Horse," wrote...
    The Republican National Committee has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in a case involving relaxing some signature and witness requirements for mail-in ballots. The case involves several voting rights groups and Rhode Island officials. The RNC and the Republican Party of Rhode Island have asked for a decision before mail-in ballots are due to go out Aug. 12. Republicans are challenging moves to eliminate the state’s requirements for witness and notary requirements for voting by mail because of the coronavirus crisis. The respondents in the case are Common Cause Rhode Island, the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, the secretary of state of Rhode Island and the members of the Rhode Island Board of Elections. The request goes to Supreme...
    Brad Reed August 10, 2020 6:06PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story First son Eric Trump encouraged supporters to vote by mail on Monday, even though President Donald Trump has continuously attacked the practice as a vehicle for purported "voter fraud." As reported by WFTV's Christopher Heath, the president's middle son told supporters to "mail in your ballot" during a campaign bus stop in Florida, where he was joined by former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. : Heath notes that Eric Trump's encouragement of mailing in ballots comes at a time when Florida Republicans have been "fretting" over the decline in the number of GOP voters who have stated their intentions...
    Las Vegas (AP) — National and Nevada Democrats are seeking to join a lawsuit President Donald Trump's reelection campaign filed to challenge a new law sending ballots to all active voters, arguing that if Trump's campaign prevails in the lawsuit in blocking the law, it will make it more difficult to vote. Democrats argued in court documents filed Friday night that without the new law, Nevadans would have “to choose between risking their health to vote and participating in the November Election.” A judge has not yet ruled on the Democrats' request to intervene in the lawsuit. An initial hearing has not yet been scheduled in the lawsuit. Nevada's Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak last week signed a law passed by...
    When it comes to mail-in voting, Democrats are purposefully trying to create chaos ahead of the November election, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Monday. The president and Republicans have been warning about possible voter fraud connected to mail-in voting for months, while Democrats and the media have often pointed to a lack of evidence that it would lead to voter fraud. “This is all coming from the Democrats,” McDaniel said Monday on “Fox & Friends.” “The president is saying, 'Keep the systems in place that have worked.'” “We need to have surety in our elections,” she continued. “Democrats are saying mass mail ballots, let's not verify the voters, get rid of voter identification, get rid of signature verification, let's have ballot harvesting, which has nothing to do with coronavirus.” “This is a...
    Attorney General William Barr told Fox News host Mark Levin during a Sunday interview that those who were promoting drastic changes to the way that Americans vote right before an election were playing with fire and were being “grossly irresponsible.” “I’m very worried about it. You know, as I said at the beginning, the two ways we have resolving disputes in our society and keeping the peace are discussion and voting,” Barr said. “And right now, we’re a very divided country politically. Our elections have been very close. They can turn on one state. They turn on just a few districts.” “And people have to have confidence in the outcome or we’re going to have real problems in this country,”...
    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 Willis Krumholz  Ramsey County District Judge Sara Grewing has single-handedly overturned Minnesota election law by ruling on Aug. 3 that Minnesota’s absentee ballots no longer require the signature of a witness who is a registered voter or a notary public. The judge also ruled that absentee ballots can be accepted after the election, as long as they are postmarked as of Election Day. Under the Minnesota law that the judge scrapped, absentee ballots had to be in by 8 p.m. on the night of the election. The net result is that in all but name, Minnesota’s absentee voting system has been turned into a de facto mail-in balloting system. CNN crowed that “there is no evidence that mail-in voting...
    Despite failed attempts for seamless mail-in voting in smaller elections, nationwide voting by mail could still be possible with some alterations, Ali Najmi, attorney to congressional candidate Suraj Patel, told Fox News’ "America’s News Headquarters." Patel lost to Rep. Carolyn Maloney in New York City’s 12th congressional district primary race, which tested the mail-in system. Patel is refusing to concede, however, after 10,000 ballots were sent late and votes took six weeks to tally up. Najmi said the postal service and State Board of Elections are to blame. “The State Board of Elections, the City Board of Elections mailed out and printed ballots late. They didn’t scale up in time,” he said. “And they made a bet against how many people would...
    Democrats want mail-in voting “extended” so even if Trump wins the 2020 election “they can call him a fake president,” Mark Levin, host of “Life, Liberty & Levin,” said on Sunday morning. Levin pointed out on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that President Trump “never said he wouldn’t leave office.” “The president said I got to see what happens on Election Day because all of us see what’s going on,” he continued. “The states are incapable of doing 100 million potentially or 80 million or 60 million people with mail-in voting.” “We’ve never seen this before,” he noted. Levin was referencing an interview President Trump did with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace last month where he warned that mail-in voting would...
    Savannah Rychcik August 9, 2020 0 Comments Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) is responding to President Donald Trump’s concerns about mail-in voting ahead of the 2020 presidential election. CNN’s Dana Bash noted reports suggesting Trump is considering executive actions to curb mail-in voting and his claim mail-in voting leads to widespread fraud. She asked DeWine if he agrees with that. “I can only speak to Ohio, and we have long experience in voting by mail. We have no reason; you don’t have to give a reason; for four weeks, you can get an absentee ballot. It’s worked exceedingly well in Ohio,” DeWine said. He continued, “People can also go in at the Board of Elections and vote. So, I think you’re going...
    Could President Donald Trump send in federal officials to oversee the 2020 elections? A new report suggests the 45th president might attempt to do exactly that–under the guise of protecting the vote. The sure-fire way to ignite a storm of controversy was recently discussed against the backdrop of Trump’s so-called “Friday Night Massacre” against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and lingering efforts by Republicans to de-legitimize vote-by-mail in most states. Various efforts are said to be underway in order to diminish the postal vote’s impact on the 2020 general election–including an emergency declaration for USPS to stop delivering certain ballots. Per Anita Kumar in Politico: Election experts said a more likely option for Trump would be sending federal officials...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – In-person early voting began Saturday in Florida while the state continues to grapple with a high number of coronavirus cases. Hundreds of early voting sites were open across Florida’s 67 counties, though it appeared that many were seeing light traffic 10 days ahead of a primary election with no statewide races on the ballot. Download The New CBS4 News App Here “No lines, no waiting,” said Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer. “We’ve got a couple of sites that are busier than others, which is not unusual, but there’s really no waiting right now.” Voters are mainly choosing party nominees for Congress and the state Legislature, as well as voting in local elections....
    Igor Derysh August 7, 2020 5:53PM (UTC) The top Democrat on a Senate committee overseeing the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has launched a probe into service cuts after Trump donor Louis DeJoy took over the agency as postmaster general. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, opened an investigation to "get to the bottom of any changes that the new postmaster general may be directing that undercut the Postal Service's tradition of effective service," he said in a statement. : The statement said DeJoy had "failed" to respond to "repeated inquiries" and urged individuals, small businesses and organizations impacted by delays or cuts to report any problems. "I've heard firsthand from constituents, postal...
    (CNN)Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of sabotaging the nation's mail system as voters gear up to cast mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.There had already been calls for an internal investigation of cost-cutting measures that have led to slower mail delivery and suggestions that the effort by Louis DeJoy, the new postmaster general who is a donor to President Donald Trump and Republicans, is harming the agency.It comes as Trump has repeatedly alleged, without proof, that mail-in voting efforts are ripe for fraud and will cost him the White House when voters cast ballots. Fact-checking Trumps continued assault on mail-in voting and suggestions of delaying the election On Friday, DeJoy announced a hiring freeze for leadership positions and a...
    By IRIS SAMUELS, Associated Press/Report for America HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana will permit counties to hold all-mail voting come November to limit the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new directive issued by Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday. The directive was issued after the Montana Association of Clerks and Recorders and the Montana Association of Counties last month called on Bullock to allow counties the option to conduct the general election vote by mail. The Democratic governor issued a similar directive earlier this year that permitted the June 3 election to be held by mail to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Following the move, the primary election saw record-high turnout. “It only makes sense that we start...
    BROOKLINE – The town of Brookline has sent incorrect mail-in ballots to approximately 30 voters. According to Town Administrator Mel Kleckner about 30 people who wanted a mail-in ballot for the state’s September primary received a ballot for the wrong party. “We regret this error and are working collaboratively with the Secretary of State’s Office to understand how it happened and are committed to correcting it to ensure that every voter who wishes to vote in the upcoming state primary is able to do so,” Town Kleckner said. Kleckner said while the town clerk’s office and the Elections Division of the Office of the Secretary of State are investigating how the mistake happened, staff have been retrained and procedures have...
    Washington (CNN)The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed all eligible voters to vote via absentee ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the ruling, those with underlying medical conditions who have determined it's "impossible or unreasonable" to vote in-person due to Covid-19, and their caretakers, are eligible to vote via absentee ballot in the fall election. State law already allows those who are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and their caretakers to vote absentee. Fear of contracting or spreading the virus will not apply as an excuse to vote absentee in Tennessee.The decision comes as several states plan on holding a primarily vote-by-mail election in November, and other states push to expand...
    Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers responded to President Trump’s remarks about NBA players kneeling during the national anthem on Wednesday. Trump appeared on “Fox & Friends” this week and said Americans should stand for the anthem. LEBRON JAMES SAYS NBA WON'T BE 'SAD' ABOUT LOSING TRUMP AS A VIEWER “When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and disrespecting our national anthem, what I do personally is turn off the game and the ratings for basketball are way down,” Trump said. Rivers, wearing a hat with the word “VOTE” on it, was asked about the comments one day after a crushing loss to the Phoenix Suns, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Well, we lost one...
    Washington — President Trump's reelection campaign is suing Nevada over a newly passed bill that expands mail-in voting for the November general election, marking the president's latest attack on efforts to broaden the use of mail ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and the Nevada Republican Party against Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, on Tuesday takes aim at Assembly Bill 4, under which all active registered voters in Nevada will be sent mail ballots for the November 3 election. The Trump campaign claims the measure "makes voter fraud and other ineligible voting inevitable." "Many of AB4's provisions are head-scratching — particularly given the stark irregularities in Nevada's...
    More than 84,000 mail-in ballots for New York City Democrats were disqualified in the presidential primary. The city’s Board of Elections reported that it received 403,103 mail-in ballots for the June primary but revealed this week that it only certified 318,995 mail-in ballots, according to the New York Post. The outlet reported that 84,108 ballots, or 21% of the total, were disqualified for a range of issues, including not providing a postmark, not signing the ballot, or ballots arriving late. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order in April that allowed absentee voting for all New Yorkers for the June 23 Democratic primary. “I am issuing an executive order to ensure every New York...
    The website Sludge reported last week that DeJoy also gave $114,500 to a special Republican National Committee legal fund dedicated to filing lawsuits to prevent states from expanding voting access. At the time of his appointment, critics noted DeJoy had millions invested in U.S. Postal Service competitors and contractors and that he is the first person in decades tapped to lead the Postal Service without prior experience working directly for the agency. In a column published by NBC News in July, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington deputy director Donald K. Sherman and Common Cause director of voting and elections Sylvia Albert raised these conflicts of interest and warned that DeJoy's selection "threatens to corrupt one of America's most...
    CHICAGO — Officials are making a big push for Chicagoans to vote by mail for the Nov. 3 presidential election. Already, more than 121,000 Chicagoans have registered to vote by mail. That process allows voters to receive a ballot in the mail, fill it out at home and send it in to have their vote counted. Earlier this year, Gov. JB Pritzker made it easier for people to vote by mail by allowing people registering to vote online to apply for a mailed ballot at the same time. He’s also requiring local election boards to automatically send applications to people who have voted in recent elections. Officials hope encouraging people to vote by mail will mean there are smaller crowds...
    President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign sued Nevada on Tuesday over the state’s expansion of voting by mail after repeatedly pushing false claims about its plan. A mail-in ballot will be sent to all active registered voters in the state after Gov. Steve Sisolak, D-Nev., signed legislation put forward by the state legislature on Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Seven states, among them California and Vermont, have now moved to automatically send mail-in ballots to voters amid the ongoing crisis, which has upended in-person voting during primary elections. Trump falsely described the bill as an “illegal late night coup” and alleged that it “made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” even though research shows mail voting does not favor any one political party. The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the...
    President Trump can encourage Florida voters to cast their ballot by mail this fall and still be concerned about the security of a nationwide mail-in vote, Trump 2020 Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp told Fox News Radio's “The Guy Benson Show" Wednesday. "Florida uses a secure absentee and requested absentee ballot process ... if you're in your state and you want to request an absentee ballot, they'll send it to you," she told host Guy Benson. "You fill it out, send it back. And there is clear verification in that process. CNN ANCHOR CLASHES WITH TRUMP AIDE SCHLAPP OVER MAIL-IN VOTING “Our biggest concern is that what we’re seeing in universal mail-in voting, it does open this up to fraud," she...
    Nevada’s new automatic mail-in voting law is only the latest ballot systems change that has the potential to complicate the November election. With less than three months until the election, the rapid changes are likely to prompt legal battles and election delays that could not only frustrate the public but undermine public confidence in the process. In the wake of fears that the coronavirus pandemic could endanger public health at the polls, Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill into law on Monday that dramatically expands mail-in voting in the state, including sending every registered voter a mail-in ballot, rather than requiring voters to request one. The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in hopes...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's barrage of challenges to the reputation, structures and traditions of elections is conjuring up a contentious and potentially constitutionally critical three-month period for America's democracy.Trump is casting false accusations of massive fraud in mail-in voting, though has now reversed his position on the practice in must-win Florida, leaving the absurd impression it's only fair in states with Republican governors."I'm doing our country a big favor by bringing it up, and you know, from a common sense standpoint, if you look at it just out of common sense and pure basic beautiful intelligence -- you know it can't work," Trump said Wednesday.Trump has baselessly claimed that the result of the November 3 vote will not be known for...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump ended his Wednesday much like he began it, by repeating falsehood after falsehood.During a morning interview on Fox News, Trump made at least 20 false claims. In a briefing hours later, he continued the trend, repeating several false statements on the coronavirus and voting by mail.He continued to say that the virus is "going away" and to suggest that children are immune. And in a series of confusing comments, he also falsely alleged that Arizona's and Nevada's voting systems do not verify signatures on mail-in ballots. The explosion in BeirutTrump was asked about his claim at Tuesday's briefing that US generals believe the massive explosion in Beirut was an "attack" with a "bomb of some kind."Read...
    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...
    Mediaite founder Dan Abrams had some pointed questions for Trump senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis on his SiriusXM program Wednesday, and Ellis struggled to explain the president’s conflicting positions on voter fraud and mail-in ballots in Florida. President Donald Trump has spent weeks attacking mail-in ballots as presenting a major risk for voter fraud and undermining the integrity of the November election — attacks that have no evidence to back them up. Adding to the weirdness of this as a competitive election strategy, multiple political observers have opined that this tactic is likely to backfire, potentially depressing turnout among Trump’s own supporters. In late June, Florida Democrats were already boasting of a substantial lead over the state Republicans in vote-by-mail...
    A dozen states that are overhauling their balloting and voting procedures for the 2020 election should reconsider doing so, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer argued Wednesday. "Twelve states will attempt new voting procedures in 2020," Fleischer wrote on Twitter. "All are risking doing harm to the integrity of the election if things go wrong, as they did in the June New York primary, where the surge in mail voting led to 25% of the ballots being rejected in one race. The normal rate is 1%." MALONEY DECLARED WINNER IN NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL RACE MARRED BY MAIL-IN BALLOT PROBLEMS Fleischer went on to note that California, Nevada, Vermont and the District of Columbia are mailing "actual ballots" to all registered voters, a...
    ABC News correspondent Kyra Phillips fact-checked President Donald Trump during his news conference on Wednesday when he speculated problems around mail-in voting in Nevada come November. Phillips citied an official who said that Trump’s claim “simply isn’t true.” “You said voting by mail is an invitation to fraud,” Phillips said. “Could you lay out and tell us exactly where the evidence is right now that mail-in ballots in Nevada and other states will lead to widespread fraud?” “If you read The Washington Post, they had terrible story on mail-in, and The New York Times and many newspapers have had terrible stories,” Trump said. “You see them all over the internet, they have had some just horrible stories on mail-in...
    Savannah Rychcik August 5, 2020 0 Comments Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) joined President Donald Trump in an Oval Office meeting on Wednesday where he expressed his confidence in mail-in voting. A reporter asked Ducey if he is proud of the mail-in voting system in his state. “In Arizona, we’re going to do it right. It will be free and fair. It will be difficult if not impossible to cheat and it will be easy to vote. Seventy-eight percent of citizens already vote by mail in Arizona, but we’ve been doing this since 1992,” Ducey said. He added, “So over the course of decades we’ve established a system that works and can be trusted.”Watch his comments below: Arizona Gov. Doug...
    SCIOTO — The Scioto County Board of Elections wants to assure the public that voter fraud in cases of mail-in voting is not a concern after President Donald Trump has questioned the security of the 2020 Presidential Election. “We are not concerned about voter fraud. We have a lot of safe havens in place to prevent that,” said Julia Gearheart, director of SCBOE. “I have never seen it and I’ve been here for a long time.” The president has drawn attention throughout his administration to the issue on his Twitter page but has changed his tone slightly to say it was more of a state-by-state issue. “Nevada has ZERO infrastructure for Mail-In Voting. It will be a corrupt disaster if...
    By Joseph Ax | Reuters President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the national Republican Party have sued Nevada to block a new law that will send a mail-in ballot to every registered voter ahead of November’s election. Speaking at the White House, Trump said the plan by the state’s Democratic governor was a “catastrophe waiting to happen” and the U.S. Postal Service had been given insufficient notice to handle the “millions of votes” involved. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, claims the Democratic-sponsored legislation will result in “inevitable” voter fraud. Trump, a Republican, faces Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 contest. Nevada is among eight states that plan to mail every voter a ballot. Election officials...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump did another interview with the Fox News show "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday morning. As usual, he treated viewers to a dizzying quantity of false claims. His dishonesty was centered on his now-familiar array of recent favorite topics: the coronavirus pandemic, mail-in voting, protests, China, and former Vice President Joe Biden.We're still going through the transcript, but Trump made at least 20 false claims -- most of which he has uttered before. Here is a preliminary list:The coronavirus pandemicRead MoreChildren and Covid-19: Trump said of the coronavirus: "If you look at children, children are almost -- and I would almost say definitely -- but almost immune from this disease." He added, "They don't have a problem....
    Mensa poster boys Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a rally in Sunrise, Florida, last fall. Donald Trump has changed his tune about mail-in voting in one state and one state only: Florida. "Nevada has ZERO infrastructure for Mail-In Voting. It will be a corrupt disaster if not ended by the Courts," Trump tweeted Tuesday. On the other hand, "Florida has built a great infrastructure, over years, with two great Republican Governors. Florida, send in your Ballots!" Huh. Nevada mail-in voting = Corrupt disaster. Florida mail-in voting = Great! What could possibly be going on here? Oh, look at that—the Real Clear Politics average presently puts Joe Biden at a six-point advantage, with recent polling showing the race...
    President Donald Trump mocked former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a Wednesday interview with Fox & Friends, Breitbart reported. “She’s living in a cocoon, and I guess people don’t like her or somebody doesn’t like her, but she didn’t do the job,” he said. “She didn’t do the job that she was supposed to do, and she should accept that.” As reported by Fox News, Trump’s comment came after the former secretary of state warned of the Republican Party’s “sabotage” of the United States Postal Service, which she claims is part of Trump’s strategy to undermine vote-by-mail in the fall. While Democrats are pushing for mail-in-voting to help Americans avoid contracting the coronavirus amid the pandemic, Trump has suggested...
    President Donald Trump mocked former rival Hillary Clinton for losing in 2016, saying that she still did not accept that she lost. “She’s living in a cocoon, and I guess people don’t like her or somebody doesn’t like her, but she didn’t do the job,” Trump said. “She didn’t do the job that she was supposed to do, and she should accept that.” The president reacted in an interview on Fox and Friends to Clinton’s accusation that he was purposefully trying to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service to slow the delivery of mail-in ballots. “I fear Republican sabotage of the USPS, including slowing mail delivery, is a Trump strategy to make voting by mail more difficult this fall,” Clinton wrote...
    Washington (CNN)A Senate GOP leader raised concerns on Wednesday over President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims that mail-in-voting leads to mass fraud, arguing that Republicans should instead be encouraging voters to use the method in order to compete in a consequential election that will determine control of Congress and the White House."Mail-in voting has been used in a lot of places for a long time," Senate Majority Whip John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said in the Capitol. "And honestly, we got a lot of folks, as you know, who are investing heavily to try to win that war, it's always a war too for mail-in ballots. Both sides compete and it's always an area where I think our side...
    Igor Derysh August 5, 2020 5:11PM (UTC) President Donald Trump's re-election campaign sued Nevada on Tuesday over the state's expansion of voting by mail after repeatedly pushing false claims about its plan. A mail-in ballot will be sent to all active registered voters in the state after Gov. Steve Sisolak, D-Nev., signed legislation put forward by the state legislature on Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Seven states, among them California and Vermont, have now moved to automatically send mail-in ballots to voters amid the ongoing crisis, which has upended in-person voting during primary elections. : Trump falsely described the bill as an "illegal late night coup" and alleged that it "made it impossible for Republicans to win the state," even though research shows mail voting does not favor...
    “There are all kinds of problems that could come up with mass-scale, mail-in voting,“ said Washington Times Opinion Editor Charlie Hurt on Wednesday, supporting President Trump’s concern for the process ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “There is a difference between absentee voting and this mass voting by mail,” Hurt told “America’s Newsroom," adding that absentee voting is a “very rigorous process” in which misconduct could result in federal violations. “There are signatures that are matched. There is very little room for discrepancy.” TRUMP WARNS ELECTION RESULT COULD TAKE 'TWO MONTHS' BECAUSE OF MAIL-IN VOTING The Trump campaign and the Republican state and national committees late Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Nevada over expanded mail-in voting for the November election. The lawsuit claims Assembly Bill 4, which...
    Bradley Cortright August 5, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are suing the state of Nevada over a recently passed bill that would automatically send ballots to registered voters. On Tuesday night, the Trump campaign and RNC filed a lawsuit against Nevada’s Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (R) that argued a bill the state’s legislature passed on Sunday is unconstitutional. The bill was signed by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) on August 3. This bill will help prevent Nevadans from experiencing the long lines at polling locations they faced during the Primary election, which will protect their safety, safeguard their right to make their voices heard, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.—...
    David Edwards August 5, 2020 4:27PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story CNN's Brianna Keilar on Monday tangled with Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp on the issue of mail-in voting. In an appearance on CNN, Schlapp opposed the idea of mail-in voting even though President Donald Trump had declared earlier in the day that "all" people should vote by mail in Florida. : Schlapp insisted that mail-in voting would lead to "fraud." "It's statistically insignificant," Keilar pointed out. "It's not fraud, Mercedes. There is no evidence of fraud." Schlapp asserted that people who support mail-in voting could be "taking advantage of our elderly." : "If someone were concerned about that but then they looked at the fact on mail-in...
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for the first presidential debate to be moved up because it’s scheduled 35 days before the election, and said early voting in many states means many Americans will cast ballots before the face-to-face contests between the two candidates even begin. “The one problem I have, the debate’s very late. It’s at the end of September and a lot of ballots will already be cast by that time,” Trump said in a “Fox & Friends” interview. “Why are they putting the first debate so late? The first debate should be before the first – at least before the first ballots go out. And they have it a month later, almost a month later. It’s ridiculous.”...
    President Trump has pointed to a special May election in New Jersey's third-largest city, where the Passaic County Board of Elections said voter fraud was committed and thousands of mail-in ballots were rejected, as proof that mail-in voting is rife with fraud. Pointing to Paterson's city council election on May 12, ordered by Gov. Phil Murphy due to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump tweeted on June 28: "Bad things happen with mail-ins. Just look at special election in [Paterson], N.J. 19% of ballots a fraud!" TRUMP, IN 'FOX & FRIENDS' INTERVIEW, WARNS IT COULD TAKE YEARS TO GET ELECTION RESULTS WITH MASS-MAILED BALLOTS "There were all sorts of problems from ballots being left in apartment complex foyers, to ballots being bundled and delivered, to people getting ballots...
    Hillary Clinton has warned that 'Republican sabotage' of the United States Postal Service, including slow mail delivery times, is a strategy for Donald Trump in the 2020 election. When sharing a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton speculated that the 'sabotage' of USPS is a strategy by Donald Trump to make voting by mail 'more difficult' and aid his reelection. The article she shared on Twitter detailed Philadelphia residents's anger over mail delays and USPS staffing cuts, leaving the postal service short-staffed.  Hillary Clinton has warned that the 'sabotage' of USPS, including slow mail delivery, is a strategy by Donald Trump to make mail-in voting more difficult and aid his reelection On Twitter, Hillary Clinton urged urged voters to...
    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...
    President Trump on Wednesday morning called for the first presidential debate to be moved up, citing increased mail-in and early voting that will see many ballots cast in the presidential election before the first debate is held. "The one problem I have, the debate's very late. It's at the end of September and a lot of ballots will already be cast by that time," Trump said in a "Fox & Friends" interview. The first presidential debate is scheduled for Sept. 29 in Cleveland. Trump added: "Why are they putting the first debate so late? The first debate should be before the first – at least before the first ballots go out. And they have it a month later, almost a month later. It's ridiculous."...
    Most voters oppose a delayed Election Day as suggested by President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE last week, according to a poll released Wednesday. Of those surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 66 percent of registered voters were against postponing the election due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and the legitimacy of mail-in voting. Eight in 10 Democrats and five in 10 Republicans expressed their disapproval of moving the presidential election back. A total of 23 percent of poll participants, which Reuters noted were mostly Republican, approved of a possible election delay, while 11 percent said...
    Tuesday on CNN, anchor Brianna Keilar had a contentious interview with President Donald Trump’s adviser Mercedes Schlapp on mail-in voting. Keilar said, “You know the biggest example of ballot harvesting happens bid a Republican operative in North Carolina in a Republican race.” Schlapp said, “Look, it’s not acceptable with any party. We shall not allow for any election fraud for either Democrats or Republicans. My question to you is, who won the congressional districts in New York? We don’t know, because we fundamentally moved into this mail-in voting and we know that, for example, in the case of —” Keilar said, “That has nothing to do with fraud. New York has nothing to do with fraud, Mercedes. What do you...
    President Trump warned that if states like Nevada are allowed to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters, it could take "years" to get the results from November's election. In a wide-ranging interview with "Fox & Friends," Trump claimed that the infrastructure is not there for such a large-scale operation. "It could be for months and months," Trump said about how long it may take for votes to be counted. "It could be for years." The president pointed to a congressional primary election in New York that has resulted in weeks of vote counting after voters mailed in their ballots. TRUMP CAMPAIGN SUES NEVADA OVER MAIL-IN VOTING PLAN Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit against Nevada on Tuesday, claiming...
    The Trump campaign sued Nevada to stop legislation that would expand mail-in voting ahead of the 2020 election. The campaign, in conjunction with the Republican National Committee and the Nevada Republican Party, filed the lawsuit Tuesday night against Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, arguing that the Nevada bill, which Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, is expected to sign, is unconstitutional. They are seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the state from implementing and enforcing the bill and a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction while the litigation plays out. The lawsuit, which was filed two days after the president threatened litigation, claims that the bill, which would permit the...
    President Donald Trump continued his attack on mail-in voting on Wednesday by claiming it would make the 2020 election “go on for years” due to delays. There is no evidence of widespread corruption in mail-in voting that would delay the November results for “years,” and critics have accused the president of assailing such voting in order to undermine the results of the presidential election. Trump claimed in an interview with Fox & Friends that Nevada and New Jersey both present proof that mail-in voting gives way to widespread fraud and corruption. Fox host Pete Hegseth threw back to the 2016 election by having Trump respond to Hillary Clinton’s allegation that Republicans are seeking to “sabotage” the upcoming election by...
    The Trump campaign late Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Nevada over a law aimed at expanding mail-in voting before the November general election, saying it and changes to election procedures make "voter fraud and other ineligible voting inevitable.” The lawsuit, obtained by The Nevada Independent, was filed against Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske amid Trump’s latest attempts to discredit mail-in voting in states with Democratic governors. “Major or hasty changes confuse voters, undermine confidence in the electoral process, and create incentive to remain away from the polls,” the suit says. The bill was passed along party lines and Gov. Steve SisolakSteve SisolakNevada governor signs bill to allow mail-in voting after Trump promises legal challenge Nevada governor recloses bars in effort...
    Cody Fenwick August 5, 2020 10:30AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. President Donald Trump and his allies have been waging a disinformation campaign about mail-in voting, aggressively trying to delegitimize the practice that has a history in the United States dating back to the Civil War. The plan, as I've argued, seems to be to lay the groundwork for challenging mail-in votes or stopping them from being counted if it looks like he's ahead with in-person ballots on Election Day. But on Tuesday afternoon, the president suddenly changed his tune on the matter in one key state: Florida. He sent the following tweet: :   The tweet references a dubious distinction that Trump has himself been trying...
    The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee late Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Nevada over expanded mail-in voting for the November election. The lawsuit claims Assembly Bill 4, which would allow ballots to be mailed to all registered voters in the state, will undermine the election’s “integrity,” FOX 5 in Las Vegas reported. “Republicans have always supported efforts to make it easier for voters to cast their ballot,” the lawsuit, filed in a district court against Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, said. “At the same time, however, the electoral process cannot function properly if it lacks integrity and results in chaos. Put simply, the American people must be able to trust that the result is the product of a...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law. Democratic requests to vote by mail have surged in Florida, a state that Trump almost certainly must win to secure a second term. Democrats currently have about 1.9 million Floridians signed up to vote by mail this November, almost 600,000 more than the Republicans’ 1.3 million, according to the Florida Secretary of State. In 2016, both sides had about 1.3 million signed up before the general election. “Whether you call...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law. Democratic requests to vote by mail have surged in Florida, a state that Trump almost certainly must win to secure a second term. Democrats currently have about 1.9 million Floridians signed up to vote by mail this November, almost 600,000 more than the Republicans’ 1.3 million, according to the Florida Secretary of State. In 2016, both sides had about 1.3 million signed up before the general election. “Whether you call it Vote by Mail or...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Mail-in voting in Florida is in the national spotlight. “There is no way you can go through a mail-in vote without massive cheating,” President Donald Trump said. President Trump said that in an excerpt from the August 3rd episode of Axios on HBO. The next day, the criticism, at least in Florida, was gone. “Over a long period of time, they’ve been able to get their absentee ballots done extremely professional. Florida’s different from other states,” President Trump said in a news briefing Tuesday. The president doesn’t agree with states like Nevada that just approved a plan to mail a ballot to every registered voter. Here in Florida, you have to request one. Democrats have 1.9 million...
    A staggering 25 percent of mail-in ballots cast in Brooklyn for June’s primary elections were declared invalid, it was revealed on Tuesday, as Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the Board of Elections to shape up by November. More than 120,000 absentee ballots were filed in Kings County for the June 23 primary but about 30,000 were initially disqualified — and it wasn’t the fault of the voters, according to Rodneyse Bichotte, head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. Bichotte — also a state assemblywoman whose district includes Flatbush, Ditmas Park and Midwood — said the disqualifying issues included a lack of postmark or late arrival. The BOE was still untangling the mess six weeks after the primaries and was...
    Election officials in New York finally declared winners late Tuesday in two congressional elections that were held back on June 23, but were mired by thousands of missing and uncounted mail-in ballots. Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney defeated Suraj Patel in the 12th Congressional District, and city council member Ritchie Torres beat a slew of Democrats competing for an open seat in the 15th Congressional District. The races have become Exhibit A in President Trump's campaign against universal mail-in balloting, which he and several experts say poses a major fraud risk. On Monday, Trump called for a do-over of the race in the 12th Congressional District, calling it a "total disaster." Maloney held onto a mere 658-vote lead over Patel after in-person voting...
    CNN anchor Brianna Keilar had an intense clash with senior Trump campaign advisor Mercedes Schlapp over the issue of mail-in voting. President Trump has been outspoken with his opposition to mail-in voting ahead of November, warning of "voter fraud" and delayed election results. Keilar began the exchange by declaring that voter fraud generally is "statistically insignificant" and dismissed the notion that the delayed election results in New York's primaries are the result of fraud. Schlapp was attempting to explain the "two buckets" that alarm the Trump campaign but was interrupted by the CNN anchor. After Keilar challenged Schlapp to cite examples of voter fraud, the Trump advisor pointed to a Philadelphia judge who pleaded guilty in May to election fraud...
    After repeatedly emphasizing the risks of voting by mail, President Trump praised Florida's "terrific" mail-in ballot system as "Safe and Secure, Tried and True" in remarks at the White House and on social media. “They’ve been doing this over many years, and they’ve made it really terrific," Trump said in a White House news conference on Tuesday, explaining why some states were better prepared than others to handle a massive distance voting effort in November. "In maybe a couple of other states they’ve worked out a system, but this took years to do. This doesn’t take weeks or months." Trump credited Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, for the battleground state's "so well-run" administration. "Florida’s a very well-run...
    “Donald Trump and the Republican party are waging a war on the very mechanisms of voting ahead of the upcoming election in November.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes opened his show Tuesday night going off on the president’s latest comments about mail-in voting and recent reports about Postal Service changes and mail delivery slowdowns, as well as Republican legal challenges in a number of states. Hayes noted the RNC “now lists a total of 17 state where is they and the Trump campaign are engaged in legal battles related to mail-in voting and other ways they say Democrats are assaulting the integrity of the elections.” “Of course, assaulting the integrity of the elections meaning here making sure people can vote,” he...
    Fox News’ Sandra Smith pressed Donald Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp Tuesday evening over the president’s unsubstantiated claims regarding mail-in voting increasing voter fraud across the country. “Clearly what President Trump is bringing to light is that when you are looking at Democrats who are pushing for universal mail-in voting, especially 90 days before a general election, where many of these states are not prepared to handle this, it can cause voter fraud. It can cause a huge problem,” Schlapp began. “Where’s the evidence of this?” Smith asked. “You were challenged multiple times on that today and you did not come up with evidence of that, and quite frankly, there is strong evidence to the contrary.” Smith then cited...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump again called for a re-do of New York Congressional primary race but encouraged absentee voting in Florida, where he claimed the election system is "safe and secure." Trump disparaged the June 23 primary race between Rep Carolyn Maloney and Democratic challenger Suraj Patel as "no good" during a White House press briefing on Tuesday. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 7President Trump again called for a revote of the June 23 New York Congressional primary on TuesdayCredit: EPA 7He claimed the race between Rep Carolyn Maloney and Democratic challenger Suraj Patel was 'no good'Credit: Getty Images - Getty "I think they have to do the election in New...
    By Michael Martina and John Whitesides DETROIT (Reuters) - Michele Small, a retired Detroit school teacher recovering from a stroke, had planned to vote by mail for the first time to protect herself from the coronavirus. But the absentee ballot she requested weeks ago never arrived. Neither did the ballots requested by many of her neighbors, she said, as she voted in person in Michigan's primary election on Tuesday. "I’m angry. I’m disappointed," said Small, 63, who is Black. "But I still had to come out and vote." Problems with getting absentee mail ballots in Michigan, a vital presidential battleground and one of five states holding party primaries on Tuesday, raised fresh questions about how prepared the country will be...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to order a wide array of changes to North Carolina's election rules sought by voting advocacy groups worried about how COVID-19 could limit ballot access. But he told election officials they can't reject mail-in absentee ballots unless there's a way that voters can fix errors. U.S. District Judge William Osteen said people turning in an absentee ballot should be told why it won't otherwise count and be given a chance to address the problem. The issue is poignant this year as more registered voters are considering voting by mail to avoid the risk of contracting the coronavirus at traditional in-person voting centers and precincts....
    Donald Trump has relished making mail in voting a boogeyman during the coronavirus pandemic, denouncing the method routinely as part of his longstanding and evidence-free crusade over alleged voter fraud.  But that was before he realized how much Republican voters had started to listen to him. Now, with his re-election chances on line, the president is embracing the practice in the crucial swing state of Florida.  Within the senior ranks of Team Trump’s political and field operations, there have been significant concerns for weeks that the president and GOP’s crusade against voting-by-mail could actually backfire and result in a depression of absentee ballots cast for Trump come Election Day, according to three people familiar with the matter. However, all of...
    Axios reporter Jonathan Swan made an apology on Tuesday regarding a claim he made during a pre-taped interview with President Trump, which aired on Monday night. Swan's interview with the president generated many headlines from his thoughts on the late-congressman John Lewis to his defense of the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the fiery exchanges from the sitdown was about mail-in voting, something the president has been outspokenly opposed about in recent weeks. "They're going to send tens of millions of ballots to California, all over the place, who's going to get them" Trump said. "They send applications, not ballots," Swan responded. Trump went on to cite examples of deceased people and pets receiving "ballots" in the mail. Swan noted again...
    In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice, and only days after threatening to sue Nevada over a new vote-by-mail law. Trump told White House reporters Tuesday evening he had "total confidence" in Florida because the state has a "great Republican governor." He went on to praise GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and his predecessor, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. "Florida has been working on this for years and they have a very good system of mail-in and that would be absentee or even beyond absentee," Trump said. "We have total confidence that if you mail in your ballots in Florida its going to matter."...
    President Donald Trump doubled down on his support of mail-in voting in Florida, not any of the other 49 United States, because Gov. Ron DeSantis is a “great Republican governor” and it’s a “very well-run state.” On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted, “Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True. Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail!” Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True. Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up...