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31.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Concerned Voters Ask Why No ID Required to Vote in Massachusetts

Concerned Voters Ask Why No ID Required to Vote in Massachusetts

Again demonstrating the public’s strong support for voter ID protections, early voters in Massachusetts were concerned about not being asked to provide identification prior to voting and the opportunity it provided for vote fraud.  State law only allows poll workers to ask for a voter’s name:   22News was working to…

31.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Double Voting in Iowa

Double Voting in Iowa

Three instances of double voting have been discovered in Polk County, Iowa:   Three people have tried to vote multiple times in the general election this month in Polk County, according to Des Moines police reports. The Polk County Auditor’s Office reported the cases to police Wednesday, according to the reports. It’s the…

31.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Two Arrests for Election Fraud in Florida

Two Arrests for Election Fraud in Florida

Two recent arrests for election fraud in Florida demonstrate the importance of having checks at every point of the process.  One was of a temporary election worker who was filling in blanks on mail-in ballots she was processing, and the other was a person hired by a non-profit to register…

31.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Behind the Scenes – Mail Ballot Processing

Behind the Scenes – Mail Ballot Processing

This fascinating behind the scenes view of mail ballot processing in Kern County, California, includes a description of the important signature verification process that protects against mail-in ballot fraud:   Across the room, under the surveillance cameras that document everything done in the Elections Division, computers loaded up all the…

28.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Voters Beware! Electioneering Prohibitions Apply to Voters

Voters Beware! Electioneering Prohibitions Apply to Voters

In addition to examining a sample ballot and determining how they will vote, brining any necessary identification to the polls, and checking out their state’s rules regarding ballot selfies, voters in most states need to be careful what they wear to the polls.  Most states have prohibitions on electioneering (campaigning for or…

28.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Maine Voters to Consider Statewide Change of Voting System to Ranked Choice Voting

Maine Voters to Consider Statewide Change of Voting System to Ranked Choice Voting

Maine will be considering Question 5, ranked choice voting initiative on this years November ballot.  Some general analysis can be found here.  This initiative is interesting for a number of reasons, primarily because as of August 2016, there were no states that currently used ranked-choice for standard statewide elections. According to Ballotpedia, “currently all states…

28.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on DOJ Will Observe 2016 Election, Needs Court Order to Monitor State Polling Places

DOJ Will Observe 2016 Election, Needs Court Order to Monitor State Polling Places

A lengthy story in the Charlotte Observer describes the reduction of Department of Justice observers in polling places across the country.  After the Shelby County case on the formula for Section 5 VRA coverage, the Department now needs to show a Court that there is a reason and need to involuntary require…

27.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Aging Technology and User Error Pose Problems for Voting Machines

Aging Technology and User Error Pose Problems for Voting Machines

Already with early voting, there are reports of voting machines flipping votes:   In every recent election, there have been reports of voters pressing one candidate’s name on a touch-screen machine, only to have the opponent’s name light up instead. It can be unnerving for voters and often leads to…

25.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Miami Dade Supervisor of Elections Is Violating Election Law By Returning Mail Ballots to Early Voters

Miami Dade Supervisor of Elections Is Violating Election Law By Returning Mail Ballots to Early Voters

According to sources in Miami, the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections is inexplicably violating Florida election law and increasing the election’s vulnerability to double voting.  By direction, poll workers are failing to “cancel and collect mail ballots” returned back to the early voting polling place by mail voters who decide to vote at an early voting site.  …

25.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Poll: 72% of Americans Very Concerned About Security of Elections

Poll: 72% of Americans Very Concerned About Security of Elections

Roll Call reports on an alarming number for both sides of the partisan aisle on the concern over the security of elections.   More than two out of every three U.S. citizens in a recent poll say they are very or somewhat concerned about the security of the nation’s electoral…