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Pennsylvania County Blames Contractor For Discarded Ballots

A Pennsylvania county on Friday blamed a contractor for the discarded ballots found by FBI agents this week. The nine military mail-in ballots were found in a dumpster in Luzerne County, as were four absentee ballot envelopes that were empty, federal officials said. County officials…

The Election Is Already Under Way in America’s Courts

Although the election is not technically until November 3, election season is already well under way—most significantly in the dozens of election-litigation cases that are determining how people can vote, whether they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted. In the many cases…

New California Law Makes Spreading Vote-By-Mail Misinformation a Crime

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—A newly signed state law authored by a Southland legislator makes spreading misinformation about voting by mail a misdemeanor criminal offense. Senate Bill 739 (SB 739) was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 18 and took effect immediately as an urgency measure.…

Howie Hawkins Is No Kanye West

Howie Hawkins may be the Green Party’s presidential nominee, but he isn’t Jill Stein—or at least, he can’t be, because he’s not on the ballot in as many swing states as Stein was in 2016. Courts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania decided this week to keep…

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Means for America

A furious battle over a Supreme Court vacancy is arguably the last thing the United States needed right now. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today represents a devastating loss for feminists who held up the 87-year-old as an icon of women’s rights, and…

The Slow-Fingered President

President Donald Trump has warned his Twitter followers three times as often about the threat from mail-in ballots as he has urged them to protect themselves from the threat of COVID-19. Since March, when the stay-at-home orders started, he has written a little over a…

Nearly 2,000 Uncounted July Ballots From New Jersey Primary Found in Bin

More than 1,600 ballots from New Jersey’s July primary election were found by Sussex County elections board officials in a “mislabeled” bin. Board of Elections Administrator Marge McCabe said in a statement Monday that the 1,666 ballots cast in the July 7 primary were found…

Pennsylvania Election Officials Can’t Discard Mail Ballots Over Signatures

Pennsylvania mail ballots can no longer be discarded by election officials if they believe a signature does not match the one in the voter’s file, officials in the key battleground state told counties on Sept. 14. The new guidance issued by Pennsylvania’s Department of State…

The Coming Crisis of Legitimacy

In normal times, it would seem outlandish to worry that an American president might refuse to concede defeat upon losing his bid for reelection. This year it is not. Even though he won in 2016, Donald Trump falsely claimed that he was the victim of…

Appeals Court Denies Texas Democrats Bid to Expand Mail-In Voting

A federal appeals court has denied Texas Democrats’ effort to expand mail-in voting in the state amid the pandemic. The Texas Democrats brought the lawsuit against the state’s Republican leadership, arguing that Texas’ law that restricted no-excuse mail-in voting for any person ages at least…

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