Why Voting Disinformation Is Not Just Online

A survey by election researchers argues that efforts to confuse or scare away prospective voters disproportionately target minority groups in battleground states.

#absentee-voting, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #political-advertising, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation

Mark Zuckerberg Ends Election Grants

A spokesman for the Facebook founder said the money sent to election offices in 2020 was a “one-time donation.” The grants prompted Republicans to push for bans on private donations for elections.

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Local Election Officials in Georgia Oppose G.O.P. Election Bill

As Republicans rush to pass a second round of new voting and election rules, a bipartisan group of election officials is fighting back.

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Mail Ballot Rejections Surge in Texas, With Signs of a Race Gap

A new Republican voting law led to the sharp rise in rejected ballots in the state’s recent primary election. An analysis shows that Black areas of Houston disproportionately had votes thrown out.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #democratic-party, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Seven Steps to Destroy a Democracy

The Republican-led assault on our elections has been methodical and, so far, successful.

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Ballot Rejections in Texas Spike After New Voting Law

Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, about 30 percent of absentee ballots were rejected in the state’s most populous counties. In 2020, the statewide rejection rate was less than 1 percent.

#absentee-voting, #midterm-elections-2022, #texas, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Texas Voting Law Leads to Jump in Absentee Ballot Rejections

Texas Republicans said the state’s new voting law would make it “easy to vote, hard to cheat.” County election officials say it’s sowing confusion ahead of next month’s primaries.

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Rejected Mail Ballots Are Showing Racial Disparities

Auditors in Washington State found that the mail ballots of Black voters were being rejected at four times the rate of white voters. Similar trends have been seen in other states.

#absentee-voting, #brown-latosha-1970, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #washington-state

Pennsylvania Court Says State’s Mail Voting Law Is Unconstitutional

The decision deals a temporary blow to voting access in a critical battleground state. Democrats pledged an appeal.

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With Voting Bills Dead, Democrats Face Costly Fight to Overcome G.O.P. Curbs

Party officials now say they are resigned to spending and organizing their way around the new voting restrictions passed in Republican-controlled states.

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Before Elections, Georgia Republicans Again Consider Voting Restrictions

A sweeping 2021 law drew a legal complaint from the Justice Department. Legislators in the state are considering several new measures focused on ballot access and fraud investigations.

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Democrats Are Failing to Defend Democracy

They need to get busy at the grassroots.

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Election Falsehoods Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Riots, Researchers Find

A new study analyzed nearly 1,500 episodes, showing the extent to which podcasts pushed misinformation about voter fraud.

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Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight

Since the 2020 election, Republicans have pursued a host of new voting restrictions across the country. Here’s where things stand.

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New York’s Five Ballot Measures: Explained

Breaking down the five proposals New York voters will see on their ballots, all involving potential amendments to the state constitution.

#absentee-voting, #board-of-elections-nyc, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Will We See Red or Blue Mirages in Election Results on Tuesday?

Mail-in ballots skewed early returns in some states in 2020. Will the trend repeat itself on Tuesday?

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

In Virginia, Early Voting Has an Impact. And a Long Run.

The pandemic has helped convert more and more voters into early voters, as hundreds of thousands of Virginians have made clear in recent weeks.

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Arizona Vote Review ‘Made Up the Numbers,’ Election Experts Say

An analysis found that a hand recount of votes by Republican investigators missed thousands of ballots, and possibly many more.

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After Walkout, Texas Voting Showdown Part II Looms

The Texas Legislature is trying again after Democrats staged an abrupt walkout in May to kill a Republican plan narrowing voting options in the state.

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Absentee Ballots May Determine if Eric Adams Wins Mayor’s Race

The tallying of more than 125,000 absentee ballots will determine whether Eric Adams retains his lead in the Democratic primary.

#absentee-voting, #adams-eric-l, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #mayors, #new-york-city, #ranked-choice-voting, #voting-and-voters, #wiley-maya

2020 Election Spurs Resignations and Retirements of Officials

The draining work of 2020 has spurred resignations and retirements. In a recent survey, one in three officials said they felt unsafe in the jobs.

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In Chaotic Mayor’s Race, It’s All Down to the Absentee Ballots

The Democratic primary for mayor of New York City, now a tight race among Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley, will be decided by absentee ballots.

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What to Know About the Vote Tally Fiasco

A revised unofficial count of ranked-choice voting results suggested a tight race among the top three Democratic candidates for mayor.

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Dry Run for Ranked-Choice Count May Hint at How N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Ends

Absentee ballots won’t be included, but data to be released Tuesday could signal the way vote totals shift as the field is officially winnowed.

#absentee-voting, #adams-eric-l, #board-of-elections-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #ranked-choice-voting, #voting-and-voters, #wiley-maya

Why Democrats Are Reluctantly Making Voter ID Laws a Bargaining Chip

While party leaders have long worried about the discriminatory effects of such laws, many now see other restrictive voting measures pushed by Republicans as a more urgent threat.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #hispanic-americans, #identification-devices, #law-and-legislation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Republicans Block Voting Rights Bill, Dealing Blow to Biden and Democrats

All 50 G.O.P. senators opposed the sweeping elections overhaul, leaving a long-shot bid to eliminate the filibuster as Democrats’ best remaining hope to enact legal changes.

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Democrats Unite Behind Voting Rights Bill as It Faces a Senate Roadblock

With Republicans set to filibuster, Democrats are focusing on staying unified in the face of defeat. But the path ahead for the legislation is murky at best.

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In Congress, Republicans Shrug at Warnings of Democracy in Peril

As G.O.P. legislatures move to curtail voting rules, congressional Democrats say authoritarianism looms, but Republicans dismiss the concerns as politics as usual.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Garland Pledges Renewed Efforts to Protect Voting Rights

The attorney general’s commitment served notice to Republican-led states imposing new voting restrictions, and included a vow to protect the voting rights of people of color.

#absentee-voting, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

Republicans Are Turning America Into a ‘Democracy With Asterisks’

Forget Trump for a minute. The real action is taking place across the country in state capitols, mostly out of view.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Agrees to Expand Voting Rights

Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill on Monday requiring that all registered voters receive mail-in ballots. His decision contrasted with Republican-led efforts to restrict voting rights in several states.

#absentee-voting, #georgia, #politics-and-government, #scott-phil-1958, #vermont, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster

Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, appeared to slam the door on the far-reaching measure when he wrote in a home state newspaper he will not vote for any partisan voting bill.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Voting Rights Bill Falters in Congress as States Race Ahead

Opposition from Republicans and some of their own senators has left Democrats struggling to determine whether they should try to nix the filibuster to save a top priority.

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How to Vote in the New York City Mayoral Primary on June 22

New Yorkers hoping to select candidates for mayor and a range of other offices must first make sure they can vote. The deadline to register is this Friday, May 28.

#absentee-voting, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #voter-registration-and-requirements

G.O.P. Pursues Harsher Penalties for Poll Workers in Voting Crackdown

Heavy fines, felony charges and jail sentences: Republicans seeking to restrict voting are proposing strict punishments for election officials and workers who make errors or violate the rules.

#absentee-voting, #elections, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

Senate Panel Deadlocks on Voting Rights as Bill Faces Major Obstacles

Democrats now face the task of overcoming their own differences on the measure, and deciding whether they will use it as a vehicle to try to curb the filibuster.

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As Texas Voting Restrictions Near Passage, Democrats Stage Protest

The former presidential aspirants Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro spoke to a crowd demonstrating outside the State Capitol.

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Inside Democrats’ Scramble to Repel the G.O.P. Voting Push

Lacking effective legislative or legal ways to stop Republicans from introducing new voting limits, Democrats are applying pressure on their allies in Washington and trying to energize supporters.

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Florida’s New Voting Rights Law Explained

Voting rights groups filed lawsuits shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation reducing voting access in the battleground state. Critics said the law will disproportionately affect people of color.

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With Florida Bill, Republicans Continue Unrelenting Push to Restrict Voting

Republican lawmakers are marching ahead to overhaul voting systems in states where they control the government, frustrating Democrats and even some G.O.P. election officials. Next up: Texas.

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Florida House Passes G.O.P.-Backed Bill on Voting Limits

The legislation, which now heads back to the State Senate for a vote, would add strict new rules for drop boxes and new identification requirements for absentee ballots, among other measures.

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As Republicans Push to Limit Voting, Disagreements on Strategy Emerge

Trump-friendly state lawmakers trying to enact new voting laws are facing pockets of opposition from fellow Republicans who argue that some measures go too far or would hurt the party’s own voters.

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Florida Voting Restrictions Bill Heads to Legislature

The bill, which was recently softened, still includes measures like a ban on outside groups giving water to voters near polling places, and it would also empower partisan observers during the ballot-counting process.

#absentee-voting, #florida, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights

At a time when states with Republican-led legislatures are rushing to restrict ballot access, Kentucky proved the exception to the rule. The reasons are both political and logistical.

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Georgia’s New Law, and the Risk of Election Subversion

A reminder from a January phone call that the reform bill by congressional Democrats may not have the proper protections.

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If It’s Not Jim Crow, What Is It?

Georgia’s new voting law has to be understood in its own peculiar historical context.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #discrimination, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Georgia’s Election Law, and Why Turnout Isn’t Easy to Turn Off

Making voting convenient doesn’t necessarily translate into more votes, research shows.

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What Georgia’s Voting Law Really Does

The New York Times analyzed the state’s new 98-page voting law and identified 16 key provisions that will limit ballot access, potentially confuse voters and give more power to Republican lawmakers.

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Here’s How Democrats’ Voting Rights Law Would Work

The expansive measure would set a nationwide floor on ballot access, nullify many voting restrictions, change the way political districts are drawn and rein in campaign donations.

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The Republican Party Is Driving the Nation’s Democratic Decline

This is what it looks like when a political party turns against democracy itself.

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