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16.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Ongoing SBI investigation into Durham NC election office handling of provisional ballots

Ongoing SBI investigation into Durham NC election office handling of provisional ballots

In North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the mishandling of more than 1,000 provisional ballots during the March primary.  According to an interim report ballots were being counted twice and election officials presented the vote count as true when it was wrong.  The fraud investigation is in Durham the same…

14.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on North Carolina Tight Race for Governor: McCrory Campaign prepares for “extended contest”

North Carolina Tight Race for Governor: McCrory Campaign prepares for “extended contest”

The media is reporting that Pat McCrory, the incumbent Governor of North Carolina, is preparing for a recount and “extended contest” of irregularities in the counting of ballots in Durham County.  According to local media, a complaint for recount was filed to review 90,000 ballots in Durham County that had multiple issues on…

9.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Mail Ballot Fraud and Mishandling in Florida

Mail Ballot Fraud and Mishandling in Florida

While the election results in Florida yesterday did not end up being close, mail ballot fraud and the outright mishandling of mail ballots in Broward County could have damaged the integrity of the election in a meaningful way had the vote been closer, and they certainly shook voters’ confidence in…

9.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Maine Approves Ranked Choice Voting

Maine Approves Ranked Choice Voting

Voters in Maine narrowly passed Question 5, which will allow voters to rank their choice of candidates in future elections:   Maine residents have approved a ballot question that will allow voters to rank their choice of candidates. Under the election overhaul, ballots are counted at the state level in…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Ballot Selfies Now Allowed in Colorado

Ballot Selfies Now Allowed in Colorado

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has enjoined the enforcement of Colorado’s ban on ballot selfies in Hill v. Williams and Harlos v. Morrisey, though the decision could certainly still be appealed on an emergency basis:   U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello enjoined the Denver District Attorney’s…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Ballot Selfies Still Illegal in New York

Ballot Selfies Still Illegal in New York

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in Silverberg v. Board of Elections of the State of New York, refused to enjoin New York’s prohibition of ballot selfies, finding (internal citations omitted):   Plaintiffs’ important First Amendment rights must be reconciled with the cherished right to vote….

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Kobach Lacks Authority to Create Two-Tier Registration System

Kobach Lacks Authority to Create Two-Tier Registration System

The latest in the saga of litigation regarding Kansas’ proof of citizenship requirement for registering to vote was issued today by a Kansas state court in Brown v. Kobach.  The court found that Secretary of State Kris Kobach lacked the authority to establish a two-tier voter registration system, in response…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on 9th Circuit Rules Ballot Harvesting Allowed in Arizona This Election

9th Circuit Rules Ballot Harvesting Allowed in Arizona This Election

The latest in Arizona v. Feldman, the fast moving case regarding Arizona’s absentee ballot harvesting law: today, the en banc Ninth Circuit ruled that the law prohibiting absentee ballot harvesting is not in effect for this election.  The case will continue after the election, and the state could appeal to the Supreme Court for…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on 16 Election Issues to Watch

16 Election Issues to Watch

electiononlineWeekly posted a list of sixteen key issues to watch regarding the election:   Although millions of voters have already cast their ballots either through early voting, absentee voting or vote-by-mail, millions more will head to the polls on November 8 and cast their ballot for the 45th president of…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Weirdest Polling Places in America

Weirdest Polling Places in America

For a bit of Friday fun, here are some examples of the odd places Americans will be casting votes next Tuesday:   A years-long, cross-country look at the barbershops and dentists’ offices and pool halls where Americans vote. The range of locations, says Donnell, is testament to the diversity of…