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              more   Last week, The Florida Capital Star reported on two Duval County, Florida men being charged and arrested for fraudulently registering dead people to vote. It was revealed that the two men were working as employees for a petition and canvassing company, Grassfire. Since the story broke, Grassfire has said they hired the two men in June 2021 to work as petitioners, not to register voters. “Grassfire has hired nearly 4,000 people in 2021 to work as petitioners and Grassfire has NEVER conducted a voter registration project,” said Lee Vasche, who is a partner at Grassfire. “These two individuals worked for Grassfire for less than a week in June of 2021 on a petition project, NOT voter registration. We have fully assisted law enforcement and provided them ALL the documentation we had on both of these individuals and support their prosecution to the maximum.” However, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections, Mike Hogan, previously said the men were working for and getting paid by a third-party voter registration organization to register as many people as possible. The men were...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has revealed an advocacy group sent three voter registration postcards to his dead son who passed away two years ago. He renewed warnings to those groups who have 'repeatedly and aggressively' sought to register ineligible or deceased voters for the Senate runoff elections on January 5. The postcards were all received from New Georgia Project, a group which claims to get its voter information from the state's official voter rolls, Raffensperger said.  'Here's something that came to our house yesterday. We got three of them all from the same organisation. It's to my son Brenton J. Raffensperger who passed away two years ago,' Raffensperger said during a press conference on Wednesday. 'He is not on our voter files here in Georgia. We checked.'  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has revealed an advocacy group sent three voter registration postcards (pictured) to his dead son who passed away two years ago RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Newt Gingrich pleads with Republicans to ignore Trump allies... Third time unlucky! Trump...
    More On: georgia Democratic candidate in Georgia race takes shot at Second Amendment Trump’s ‘fraud’ charges run real risk of costing GOP Senate runoffs in Georgia Jon Ossoff would support new lockdown if ‘experts’ recommend it GOP senator mocks opponent for eating vegan burger A voter registration group led by Georgia Democratic Senate hopeful Rev. Raphael Warnock until earlier this year is under investigation for allegedly sending ballots to residents in other states, Georgia’s secretary of state announced Monday. The New Georgia Project, which was founded by failed Peach State gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, was named as one of four voter registration groups under investigation for improper registration activities, Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said. Raffensperger said the New Georgia Project, led by Warnock until January when he announced he would run for the seat held by GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler, “sent voter registration applications to New York City.” The investigation comes ahead of two hotly contested runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5 where Democrats hope they can snatch back two GOP seats and regain control...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) announced Monday that his office will launch an investigation into voting groups accused of encouraging non-Georgia residents to register to vote in the state’s twin Senate runoff elections. “We have opened an investigation into a group called America Votes, who is sending absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they have not lived since 1994,” Raffensperger stated during a press conference. “Voting in Georgia when you are not a resident of Georgia is a felony, and encouraging college kids to commit felonies with no regard for what [it] might mean for them is despicable,” he added. “These third-party groups have a responsibility to not encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible.” The organizations set for state scrutiny include: America Votes, Operation New Voter Registration Georgia, The New Georgia Project, and Vote Forward. America Votes claimed in a statement that it has not done anything illegal. “We’re pleased that so many Georgians have already applied to vote by mail this election and will continue our work to make sure every voice...
    Reuters November 30, 2020 0 Comments Election authorities in Georgia have opened investigations into progressive groups trying to sign up new voters in advance of twin January elections that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Monday. Raffensperger, a Republican, said his office was examining registration efforts by America Votes, Vote Forward and the New Georgia Project. He said some groups had been encouraging people who lived outside Georgia to register to vote in the state. “These third-party groups have a responsibility to not encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible,” Raffensperger said. Representatives of the organizations did not immediately respond to questions about the announcement. The state is the site of a pair of Jan. 5 runoffs for U.S. Senate seats that will determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress for the next two years and with it the ability to advance or block Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. Raffensperger said his office also had several investigations open into accusations of wrongdoing in...
    Georgia officials have opened up investigations into four liberal groups accused of trying to sign up new voters ahead of two January runoff races that will determine control of the Senate. America Votes, Vote Forward, Operation New Voter Registration, and the New Georgia Project are all under investigation, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday despite defending the integrity of the state's voting system. Raffensperger has said there is no evidence of systemic election irregularities or fraud, but he stressed that his office will investigate any credible claim of illegal voting and election law violations. More than 250 cases are under investigation, but none of them will likely change the outcome of the election, Gabriel Sterling, a top official in Raffensperger’s office, said during the news conference at the state Capitol. It is unclear whether the four groups singled out Monday actually did anything illegal or the incidents were accidental. Regardless, Raffensperger issued a stern warning. "Let me be very clear again: Voting in Georgia when you are not a resident of Georgia is...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) announced Monday he was opening an investigation into third-party voting groups that allegedly are encouraging people outside of Georgia to register to vote in January's Senate run-off elections. Raffesnperger at a press conference named four groups he would be investigating: America Votes, Vote Forward, The New Georgia Project and Operation New Voter Registration Georgia. “We have opened an investigation into a group called America Votes, who is sending absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they have not lived since 1994,” said Raffesnperger. In a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, America Votes said it has mailed applications to those on the list of voters maintained by Raffesnperger’s office. “We’re pleased that so many Georgians have already applied to vote by mail this election and will continue our work to make sure every voice is heard in January,” said the group. Republican incumbents Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerFive things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs Trump: 'I'm ashamed that I endorsed' Kemp in Georgia Ossoff warns McConnell would cause paralysis in federal government if GOP...
    (CNN)A coalition of a voting rights groups has filed a lawsuit to extend Virginia's deadline to register to vote after the online registration system crashed on the final day to sign up before the November general election.The groups are asking that the deadline be extended by 48 hours after officials said a cut data connection caused the citizen portal to go offline for much of the day Tuesday.Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that his office is "exploring all of our options to extend" the deadline for voters to register, but he did not believe he could act unilaterally.Northam added that he would support a court decision to extend the deadline.Virginias online voter registration system restored after final day crashVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring said he has filed a brief with the court agreeing with the plaintiffs' complaint and asking the court to extend the online voter registration deadline.Read More"We need to make up for the time lost today. We have 21 days until the most important election of our lifetimes and I want to make sure every eligible Virginian who...
    By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge pointedly asked why the state of Florida on Thursday could not further extend its voter registration period after a computer meltdown earlier in the week might have prevented untold thousands of potential voters from taking part in November’s presidential election. But U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker also wondered whether extending the deadline would be an undue burden on election officials across Florida, who are already under pressure to hold voting amid the coronavirus pandemic and the intense scrutiny that comes with the states' status as a national battleground. Walker said he would issue a ruling quickly, perhaps just hours after hearing arguments from lawyers representing Florida's Secretary of State and voter advocacy groups who say thousands of Floridians could be disenfranchised when state elections servers failed after being overwhelmed by unprecedented traffic on Monday, the last day to register to vote. Data filed by the state indicates that 50,000 people had registered during the extended time period. Based on previous trends, the judge noted, perhaps...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal judge pointedly asked why the state of Florida on Thursday could not further extend its voter registration period after a computer meltdown earlier in the week might have prevented untold thousands of potential voters from taking part in November’s presidential election. But U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker also wondered whether extending the deadline would be an undue burden on election officials across Florida, who are already under pressure to hold voting amid the coronavirus pandemic and the intense scrutiny that comes with the states' status as a national battleground. Walker said he would issue a ruling quickly, perhaps just hours after hearing arguments from lawyers representing Florida's Secretary of State and voter advocacy groups who say thousands of Floridians could be disenfranchised when state elections servers failed after being overwhelmed by unprecedented traffic on Monday, the last day to register to vote. Data filed by the state indicates that 50,000 people had registered during the extended time period. Based on previous trends, the judge noted, perhaps more than 20,000 additional people might...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge pointedly asked why the state of Florida on Thursday could not further extend its voter registration period after a computer meltdown earlier in the week might have prevented untold thousands of potential voters from taking part in November’s presidential election. But U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker also wondered whether extending the deadline would be an undue burden on election officials across Florida, who are already under pressure to hold voting amid the coronavirus pandemic and the intense scrutiny that comes with the states’ status as a national battleground. Walker said he would issue a ruling quickly, perhaps just hours after hearing arguments from lawyers representing Florida’s Secretary of State and voter advocacy groups who say thousands of Floridians could be disenfranchised when state elections servers failed after being overwhelmed by unprecedented traffic on Monday, the last day to register to vote. Data filed by the state indicates that 50,000 people had registered during the extended time period. Based on previous trends, the judge noted, perhaps more than 20,000 additional people...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge pointedly asked why the state of Florida on Thursday could not further extend its voter registration period after a computer meltdown earlier in the week might have prevented untold thousands of potential voters from taking part in November’s presidential election. But U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker also wondered whether extending the deadline would be an undue burden on election officials across Florida, who are already under pressure to hold voting amid the coronavirus pandemic and the intense scrutiny that comes with the states’ status as a national battleground. Walker said he would issue a ruling quickly, perhaps just hours after hearing arguments from lawyers representing Florida’s Secretary of State and voter advocacy groups who say thousands of Floridians could be disenfranchised when state elections servers failed after being overwhelmed by unprecedented traffic on Monday, the last day to register to vote. Data filed by the state indicates that 50,000 people had registered during the extended time period. Based on previous trends, the judge noted, perhaps more than 20,000 additional people...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said there were no signs of a cyberattack on Florida’s online voter registration system which crashed for several hours Monday, the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November election. “Florida’s voter registration site was unavailable for portions of the evening due to a high volume of traffic. At this point, there is no indication of malicious activity causing the outage,” an agency spokesperson told CNET. “We will continue to monitor the situation and support Florida and other states in protecting the 2020 election.” On Tuesday, Secretary of State Laurel Lee said in a statement that it did not appear that bad actors caused Monday’s collapse of the registration system. Lee has said that over a million attempts an hour were coming into the system, causing it to overload. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Cybersecurity experts have said that an intentional attack aimed at crippling the system would have involved millions of attempts per second. “We have not identified any evidence of interference or...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida officials say there is no indication that a cyberattack crashed the state's online voter registration system just before the enrollment deadline for casting ballots in next month's presidential election. Secretary of State Laurel Lee said in a statement issued late Tuesday that it does not appear that bad actors caused Monday's collapse of registration system. Lee has said that over a million attempts an hour were coming into the system, causing it to overload. Cyber security experts have said that an intentional attack aimed at crippling the system would have involved millions of attempts per second. “We have not identified any evidence of interference or malicious activity impacting the site," Lee said. Because of the crash, Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed additional registrations for seven hours Tuesday. Several voting and minority rights groups filed a federal lawsuit, saying that was insufficient and arguing that at least two more days are needed to allow for people to be informed of the extension and to act on it. U.S. District Chief Judge Mark Walker in...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say there is no indication that a cyberattack crashed the state’s online voter registration system just before the enrollment deadline for casting ballots in next month’s presidential election. Secretary of State Laurel Lee said in a statement issued late Tuesday that it does not appear that bad actors caused Monday’s collapse of registration system. Lee has said that over a million attempts an hour were coming into the system, causing it to overload. Cyber security experts have said that an intentional attack aimed at crippling the system would have involved millions of attempts per second. “We have not identified any evidence of interference or malicious activity impacting the site,” Lee said. Because of the crash, Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed additional registrations for seven hours Tuesday. Several voting and minority rights groups filed a federal lawsuit, saying that was insufficient and arguing that at least two more days are needed to allow for people to be informed of the extension and to act on it. U.S. District Chief Judge Mark Walker...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say there is no indication that a cyberattack crashed the state's online voter registration system just before the enrollment deadline for casting ballots in next month's presidential election. Secretary of State Laurel Lee said in a statement issued late Tuesday that it does not appear that bad actors caused Monday's collapse of registration system. Lee has said that over a million attempts an hour were coming into the system, causing it to overload. Cyber security experts have said that an intentional attack aimed at crippling the system would have involved millions of attempts per second. “We have not identified any evidence of interference or malicious activity impacting the site," Lee said. Because of the crash, Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed additional registrations for seven hours Tuesday. Several voting and minority rights groups filed a federal lawsuit, saying that was insufficient and arguing that at least two more days are needed to allow for people to be informed of the extension and to act on it. U.S. District Chief Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee rejected the...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say there is no indication that a cyberattack crashed the state’s online voter registration system just before the enrollment deadline for casting ballots in next month’s presidential election. Secretary of State Laurel Lee said in a statement issued late Tuesday that it does not appear that bad actors caused Monday’s collapse of registration system. Lee has said that over a million attempts an hour were coming into the system, causing it to overload. Cyber security experts have said that an intentional attack aimed at crippling the system would have involved millions of attempts per second. “We have not identified any evidence of interference or malicious activity impacting the site,” Lee said. Because of the crash, Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed additional registrations for seven hours Tuesday. Several voting and minority rights groups filed a federal lawsuit, saying that was insufficient and arguing that at least two more days are needed to allow for people to be informed of the extension and to act on it. U.S. District Chief Judge Mark Walker...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Groups such as The Dream Defenders and Organize Florida are suing the state to give potential voters at least two more days to register. They argue some people may not have been aware of the previous extension. Gov. Ron DeSantis extended the voter registration deadline until Tuesday at 7 p.m. after the online system crashed Monday. The crash may have stopped thousands of people from registering to vote. Florida is now investigating why the system crashed, saying unexpectedly heavy traffic that can’t be immediately explained poured in during the closing hours. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee, who oversees the voting system, said in a statement Tuesday night that so far, there’s no evidence of interference or malicious activity that caused the state’s registration site to crash. She previously said, “During the last few hours, the RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov website was accessed by an unprecedented 1.1 million requests per hour. We will work with our state and federal law-enforcement partners to ensure this was not a deliberate act against the voting process.” She then added, “Potential voter registrants should...
    (CNN)Youth-focused voter engagement organizations saw record high voter registration and engagement numbers on National Voter Registration Day.Motivated in part by the Covid-19 death toll, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and what organizers describe as the urgency of the 2020 election, organizations including Rock the Vote, NextGen America and When We All Vote and companies such as Snapchat broke records with their voter engagement initiatives on Tuesday.Rock the Vote, the longstanding nonpartisan voter registration organization, had their biggest National Voter Registration Day ever, the organization told CNN.According to the organization, 200,000 people submitted voter registration applications or confirmed their registration across all sites that use Rock the Vote's platform Tuesday. For comparison, in 2016, Rock the Vote had just under 105,000 registrations on National Voter Registration Day. At the time, Rock the Vote did not have a tool allowing voters to check their registration status on its website."The engagement we saw on National Voter Registration Day is really encouraging," Carolyn DeWitt, president of Rock the Vote, told CNN. "Young people understand the gravity of this moment, we...
    A man walks past a tribute mural to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Los Angeles, California, September 21, 2020.Lucy Nicholson | Reuters Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday helped prompt a surge in voter registration, according to voting groups. Since then, these organizations have seen a wave of engagement that carried through to National Voter Registration Day, which was Tuesday, as early voting gets under way ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.  "I do think that the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has galvanized eligible voters, in particular, who understand the role of the Supreme Court and are concerned about the future of civil rights," Carolyn DeWitt, the president of Rock the Vote, told CNBC on Tuesday. Vote.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit that allows people to register through their website, saw over 40,000 new voter registrations on Saturday and Sunday, a 68% increase from the prior weekend, according to its spokesman. The website saw over 35,000 mail ballot requests on Saturday and Sunday, a 42% increase from a week earlier. On National Voter Registration Day, Vote.org processed 74,000...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Native American voting rights group and two tribes on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against South Dakota state agencies, alleging that the state is violating federal law by failing to offer adequate voter registration services. The lawsuit alleges that the state's agencies didn't provide ample opportunities to register to vote or update voter registration information at places like motor vehicle and public assistance offices in areas near Native American reservations. Federal law requires the agencies to help people register to vote at those kinds of offices, including ones that provide public assistance or serve people with disabilities. The Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Four Directions, a voting rights group, brought the lawsuit against the South Dakota Secretary of State, Department of Public Safety, Department of Social Services and Department of Labor and Regulation. The complaint in the lawsuit says that the number of voter registration applications has “precipitously declined” since 2004. Four Directions also documented instances in which Department of Social Services offices near reservations failed to help people register to...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Native American voting rights group and two tribes on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against South Dakota state agencies, alleging that the state is violating federal law by failing to offer adequate voter registration services. The lawsuit alleges that the state’s agencies didn’t provide ample opportunities to register to vote or update voter registration information at places like motor vehicle and public assistance offices in areas near Native American reservations. Federal law requires the agencies to help people register to vote at those kinds of offices, including ones that provide public assistance or serve people with disabilities. The Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Four Directions, a voting rights group, brought the lawsuit against the South Dakota Secretary of State, Department of Public Safety, Department of Social Services and Department of Labor and Regulation. The complaint in the lawsuit says that the number of voter registration applications has “precipitously declined” since 2004. Four Directions also documented instances in which Department of Social Services offices near reservations failed to help people register to...
    (CNN)Denisse Myrick often reminds her Instagram followers to vote. "But this time, I brought some backup," she said.Myrick, an Arizona-based photographer, is one of several social media influencers who are partnering with voter registration groups to spread the word about voting. The road to 2020: A presidential race like no other Celebrities, athletes, models and TikTokers alike are helping groups such as When We All Vote, Rock the Vote and NextGen America engage with communities of potential new voters online. Read MoreFormer first lady Michelle Obama hosted a call Thursday between When We All Vote, the voter registration group she co-chairs, and influencers including Myrick, YouTuber Patrick Starr, former Team USA gymnast Josh Dixon, model and YouTuber Taylor Phillips and activist Nadya Okamoto. The call encouraged the influencers to use their platforms to reach people who are not registered to vote and to ensure that everyone has a plan to vote, according to the group.Boutique owner sees skyrocketing sales for Michelle Obamas VOTE necklaceMyrick has already started taking such steps. In her Instagram story on Wednesday, she told her followers...
    (CNN)American Muslim activists across the country are rallying their communities Friday to participate in National Muslim Voter Registration Day to impact the 2020 presidential election.MPower Change, in collaboration with grassroots organizations, launched the #MyMuslimVote campaign to promote a nationwide virtual registration drive. The group bills itself as the largest Muslim digital advocacy organization in the US, with more than 250,000 members."The stakes in 2020 elections couldn't be higher for our community," MPower says on its website. "Join the #MyMuslimVote movement to engage, motivate, and mobilize tens of thousands of Muslim voters." The group aims to register American Muslim voters through its website, which also provides resources for local activists to organize within their communities.Participating organizations have already reached out to nearly half a million registered Muslim voters, and are sending email and text message reminders to encourage American Muslims to vote in person or by mail, they said.Read MoreAmerican Muslims, along with other minority communities, could help vote President Donald Trump out of the White House and usher in Democratic contender Joe Biden, MPower Change Executive Director Linda Sarsour told...
    NFL teams to see fruits of virtual offseason as camps begin Cameron Diaz Opens Up About Being A New Mom: Best Thing That Ever Happened Texas Fails to Toss Out Democrats’ Suit Over E-Signature Ban (Bloomberg) -- A major effort by national Democratic groups to register more voters in Texas got a boost on Wednesday when a federal judge allowed their lawsuit challenging a ban on electronic-signatures to proceed. © Bloomberg Voters cast ballots at a polling station inside the clubhouse at Currie Park Golf Course in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. More than 34 million ballots have been cast in early voting so far, shattering records in states such as Texas and Florida, where Senate and gubernatorial contests have grabbed national attention. U.S. Chief District Judge Orlando L. Garcia in San Antonio denied Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs’s request to dismiss the case, ruling that the state and national Democratic Party organizations that filed the lawsuit in January had properly alleged the ban on e-signatures illegally hinders their voter registration efforts and isn’t backed...
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